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Acalm 0.50mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Acalm 0.50mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used to treat anxiety, panic disorder, and insomnia. It helps to decrease the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Acalm 0.50mg Tablet is taken by mouth with or without food. However, it is advisable to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it has high potential of habit-forming. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to doctor as it may cause nausea and anxiety. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time than regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.

Some common side effects of this medicine includes memory impairment, depression, and confusion. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. It may cause weight gain or weight loss as it can vary from person to person. To prevent weight gain you can eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid snacking with high-calorie food, and exercise regularly. Weight loss can be managed by increasing food portions and consulting a dietitian.

Uses of Acalm Tablet

Side effects of Acalm Tablet

Common
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness

How to use Acalm Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Acalm 0.50mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Acalm Tablet works

Acalm 0.50mg Tablet is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Acalm 0.50mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Acalm 0.50mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Acalm 0.50mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Acalm 0.50mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Acalm 0.50mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Acalm 0.50mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Acalm 0.50mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Acalm 0.50mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Acalm Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Acalm 0.50mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of this medicine is very high. Take it only as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may increase dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as that may lead to nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, sweating, tremor, and confusion.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Acalm with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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FAQs

Q. What is Acalm used for?

Acalm is used to relieve excess (moderate to severe) anxiety and to treat anxiety associated with depression. It is not to be used for mild anxiety associated with stress of day today life situations.

Q. Is Acalm safe?

Acalm is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Q. Is Acalm addictive (habit-forming)?

Yes, the use of Acalm has addictive potential. Its use is associated with risk of addiction for physical or psychological effects. The abrupt discontinuation of Acalm is therefore not advised to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms.

Q. Is Acalm an opioid?

No, Acalm is not an opioid, it belongs to a class of substances called benzodiazepines.

Q. Is Acalm an anti-depressant?

No, Acalm is not an anti-depressant. It is used to relieve excess anxiety and to treat anxiety associated with depression.

Q. Is Acalm a narcotic substance?

No, Acalm is not a narcotic substance. It belongs to the class of medicines known as benzodiazepines and is used for the treatment of anxiety.

Q. Can I take Acalm for a hangover?

No, Acalm is not indicated for managing a hangover. Rather, Acalm should not be taken with alcohol as both the substances can cause excessive sleep (sedation) and depress your brain.

Q. Can I take Acalm for anxiety?

Yes, Acalm is used to relieve excess (moderate to severe) anxiety and to treat anxiety associated with depression. It is not recommended for mild anxiety associated with stress of day today life situations.

Q. Can I take Acalm for heart palpitations?

No, Acalm is not indicated for the treatment of heart palpitations. However, it may help in reducing heart palpitations associated with anxiety. Acalm should always be taken only when advised by your doctor.

Q. Can I take Acalm for alcohol withdrawal?

No, Acalm is not indicated for the management of alcohol withdrawal.

Q. Does Acalm reduce blood pressure?

Lowering of blood pressure is seen if you take more than prescribed dose of Acalm. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive fall in blood pressure while you are taking Acalm.

Q. Does Acalm make you sleepy?

Yes, Acalm makes you sleepy. Sedation (sleepiness) is a very common side effect of Acalm. Please consult your doctor if you are prescribed Acalm and your work requires you to remain alerted or you drive yourself as it may affect your driving.

Q. Does Acalm expire?

Yes, Acalm like any other medicine has an expiry date and should not be used beyond the date mentioned on the package.

Q. Does Acalm cause weight gain?

Change in weight (both weight gain and weight loss) has been reported as a common side effect with Acalm. Please consult your doctor if you experience disproportionate change in weight when you are taking Acalm.

Q. Can the use of Acalm cause hair loss?

It has not been reported to cause hair loss. Talk to your doctor if you experience this while taking Acalm. As it could be due to some other underlying condition.

Q. Can I take Acalm with hydrocodone?

Acalm should not be taken with hydrocodone. Acalm belong to a class of medicines called benzodiazepines and hydrocodone belongs to the class of medicines called opioids. Both the classes cause sedation (increased tenedency to sleep) and respiratory depression (slow and difficult breathing). Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with paracetamol?

No, interactions have been reported between Acalm and paracetamol. However, this does not mean that no interactions exist. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with prednisone?

Prednisolone may increase the metabolism (breakdown) of Acalm and hence decrease the levels of Acalm in the body which may decrease the effect of Acalm and a higher dose may be needed. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with clonazepam?

Acalm should not be taken with clonazepam as both the medicines belong to the same class of medicines called benzodiazepines. When taken together, they can cause sedation (increased tenedency to sleep) and respiratory depression (slow and difficult breathing). Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with oxycodone?

Acalm should not be taken with oxycodone. Acalm belong to a class of medicines called benzodiazepines and oxycodone belong to the class of medicines called opioids. Both the classes cause sedation (increased tenedency to sleep) and respiratory depression (slow and difficult breathing). Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with tramadol?

Acalm should not be taken with tramadol. Acalm belong to a class of medicines called benzodiazepines and tramadol belong to the class of medicines called opioids. Both the classes cause sedation (increased tenedency to sleep) and respiratory depression (slow and difficult breathing). Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with ibuprofen?

No, interactions have been reported between Acalm and ibuprofen. However, this does not mean that no interactions exist. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with sertraline?

No, interactions have been reported between Acalm and sertraline. However, this does not mean that no interactions exist. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm with buspirone?

No, interactions have been reported between Acalm and buspirone. However, this does not mean that no interactions exist. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q. Can I take Acalm for the rest of my life?

No, Acalm should be taken only for a prescribed duration at prescribed doses as advised by your doctor.

Q. Can I take Acalm for pain?

No, Acalm is not indicated for the treatment of any kind of pain. It belongs to the class of benzodiazepines and is indicated for the treatment of anxiety.

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