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Alpro 20mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Alpro 20mg Tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as benzodiazepines. It is a prescription medicine used to treat anxiety. It alters brain activity, calms it and provides relief from panic attacks by relaxing the nerves.

Alpro 20mg Tablet may be taken with or without food. However, it is advised to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it has a 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 the doctor as it may cause nausea and anxiety.

The most common side effect of this medicine is lightheadedness. 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 also 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 foods, and exercise regularly. Weight loss can be managed by increasing food portions and consulting a dietitian. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time than regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.

Uses of Alpro Tablet

Side effects of Alpro Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Alpro

  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Lightheadedness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax, as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptom. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Drowsiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.

How to use Alpro 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. Alpro 20mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Alpro Tablet works

Alpro 20mg 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 Alpro 20mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Alpro 20mg 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
Alpro 20mg 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
Alpro 20mg 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
Alpro 20mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Alpro 20mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Alpro 20mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Alpro 20mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Alpro Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Alpro 20mg 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.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

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.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Benzodiazepines Derivative
Habit Forming
Yes

Interaction with Drugs

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Patient Concerns

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FAQs

Q. What is Alpro used for?

Alpro 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 Alpro safe?

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

Q. Is Alpro addictive (habit-forming)?

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

Q. Is Alpro an opioid?

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

Q. Is Alpro an anti-depressant?

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

Q. Is Alpro a narcotic substance?

No, Alpro 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 Alpro for a hangover?

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

Q. Can I take Alpro for anxiety?

Yes, Alpro 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 Alpro for heart palpitations?

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

Q. Can I take Alpro for alcohol withdrawal?

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

Q. Does Alpro reduce blood pressure?

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

Q. Does Alpro make you sleepy?

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

Q. Does Alpro expire?

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

Q. Does Alpro cause weight gain?

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

Q. Can the use of Alpro cause hair loss?

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

Q. Can I take Alpro with hydrocodone?

Alpro should not be taken with hydrocodone. Alpro 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 Alpro with paracetamol?

No, interactions have been reported between Alpro 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 Alpro with prednisone?

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

Q. Can I take Alpro with clonazepam?

Alpro 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 Alpro with oxycodone?

Alpro should not be taken with oxycodone. Alpro 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 Alpro with tramadol?

Alpro should not be taken with tramadol. Alpro 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 Alpro with ibuprofen?

No, interactions have been reported between Alpro 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 Alpro with sertraline?

No, interactions have been reported between Alpro 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 Alpro with buspirone?

No, interactions have been reported between Alpro 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 Alpro for the rest of my life?

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

Q. Can I take Alpro for pain?

No, Alpro 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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