Medicine Overview of Alfagaba Tablet
Side Effects of Alfagaba are Dizziness, Sleepiness, Tiredness, Uncoordinated body movements.
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. Alfagaba 100mg Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.
Take it 30 mins before food.
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet is a combination of three medicines: Gabapentin, Methylcobalamin and Alpha Lipoic Acid. Gabapentin is an alpha 2 delta ligand which decreases pain by modulating calcium channel activity of the nerve cells. Methylcobalamin is a form of vitamin B which helps in the production of myelin, a substance that protects nerve fibers and rejuvenates damaged nerve cells. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid which has a protective effect on brain and nerve tissue. Together, they relieve neuropathic pain (pain from damaged nerves).
In Depth Information on Alfagaba Tablet
Alfagaba Tablet related warnings
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Baby should be monitored for excessive sleepiness and weight gain.
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Alfagaba 100mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Alfagaba 100mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Alfagaba 100mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
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Frequently asked questions about Alfagaba Tablet
Alfagaba is a combination of three medicines: Gabapentin, Methycobalamin and Alpha lipoic acid. This medicine is useful in the treatment of nerve pain (Neuropathic pain). It calms the damaged or overactive nerves by acting on brain. Thereby, it decreases the pain sensation. It also helps in regeneration of damaged nerves in the body.
Q. How to manage weight gain associated with the use of Alfagaba?
Alfagaba can make you feel hungry and it can be a difficult to stop yourself form putting on weight. However, preventing weight gain is easier than losing increased weight. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet without increasing your portion size. Don't eat foods that contain lot of calories, such as soft drinks, oily food, chips, cakes, biscuits, and sweets. If you feel hungry between meals, eat fruit, vegetables and low-calorie foods. Regular exercise will also help to keep your weight stable. If you keep good eating habits and exercise regularly, you might not gain any weight.
Q. Can the use of Alfagaba cause sleepiness or drowsiness?
Yes, Alfagaba may make you feel drowsy or you may suddenly fall asleep during your regular daily activities. Sometimes, you might not even feel drowsy or have any other warning signs before you suddenly fall asleep. Do not drive a car, operate machinery, work at heights, or participate in potentially dangerous activities at the beginning of your treatment until you know how the medicine affects you. Inform your doctor if you experience such episodes while you are taking this medicine.
Q. Are there any serious side effects associated with the use of Alfagaba?
Serious side effects with Alfagaba are uncommon and rare. However, it may cause serious side effects like allergic reaction, suicidal thoughts or swelling of limbs (hands, legs or feet). Stop taking Alfagaba and contact your health care provider if you have any signs of these serious side effects. Signs of allergic reaction include swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue and neck, if you are having trouble in breathing, skin rash, hives (raised bumps) or blisters. Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings which may be symptom of suicidal thoughts.
Q. How long will the Alfagaba take to act?
An initial benefit with Alfagaba maybe seen after 2 weeks of treatment. However, it may take around 2-3 months to see full benefit and even. It may take longer in some patients.
Q. What if I take too much of this drug by mistake?
Contact your doctor immediately or visit the emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken a very high dose of Alfagaba. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Symptoms of an overdose may include drowsiness, weakness, unsteady when walking, having double visions, slurred speech or diarrhoea, confusion, blurred vision, dizziness, body temperature changes (low and high), difficulty in breathing and increased heart beat.
Q. Will Alfagaba be more effective if taken more than recommended dose?
No, taking a higher than the recommended dose may not be more effective, rather it may increase the chances of having some serious side effects and toxicity. If you experience increased severity of your symptoms that is not relieved by the recommended doses, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.
Q. How often should I see the doctor?
You may need to see your doctor regularly if you have started to take Alfagaba. However, even after taking Alfagaba as advised and your symptoms are still not improving or you are experiencing some unwanted side effects that affects your routine activities, consult your doctor.
Q. Any special instruction regarding storage and disposal of this medicine?
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. Store them in a cool dry place. Store them out of sight and out of reach from children. Unused medications should be disposed off in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them.
Yes, Alfagaba does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack of this medicine. Do not use Alfagaba after the expiry date.
Q. Can I stop taking Alfagaba when my pain is relieved?
No, you should not stop taking Alfagaba even if your pain is relieved. Continue to take it as advised by your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking Alfagaba, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sleeping difficulties, nausea, pain, and sweating. You may need to gradually taper the use of Alfagaba before you stop the medication completely.
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