Amigaba is a combination of two medicines: Gabapentin and Amitriptyline. This medicine is useful in the treatment of nerve pain (Neuropathic pain). This medicine calms the damaged or overactive nerves by acting on brain. Thereby, it decreases the pain sensation.
Q. Can I stop taking Amigaba when my pain is relieved?
No, you should not stop taking Amigaba even if your pain is relieved. Continue to take it as advised by your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking Amigaba, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sleeping difficulties, nausea, pain, and sweating. You may need to gradually taper the dose before you stop the medication completely.
Q. How to manage weight gain associated with the use of Amigaba?
Amigaba 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 sizes. Don't eat foods that contain a 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 Amigaba cause sleepiness or drowsiness?
Yes, Amigaba 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. Can the use of Amigaba affect my sexual life?
Sexual side effects are common with the use of Amigaba in both men and women. Different sexual problems can occur due to Amigaba like decreased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction (inability to develop or maintain erection during the sexual activity) and orgasm problem. It can also cause a decrease in satisfaction and comfort while having sex. If you experience these problems, discuss with your doctor. Do not stop taking Amigaba.
Q. Can the use of Amigaba change the colour of urine?
Yes, Amigaba can the change the colour of the urine to blue or green colour. This change of colour is expected while using Amigaba, and it is not harmful. Your urine colour will be normal once you stop taking Amigaba.
Q. Are there any serious side effects associated with the use of Amigaba?
Serious side effects with Amigaba are uncommon and rare. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following: changes in body temperature, difficulty in breathing, increased heart beat (palpitations), weakness, unsteadiness when walking, reduced co-ordination or slowed reactions, unusual changes in mood or behaviour such as restlessness, nervousness, or excitement, signs of depression, seeing or hearing things that are not there, irrational thinking, blurred or double vision, uncontrollable jerky eye movements, difficulty seeing, signs of frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers. These side effects are uncommon but may be serious and need urgent medical attention.
Q. How long will the Amigaba take to act?
An initial benefit with Amigaba 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 forget to take Amigaba?
If you forget to take the scheduled dose of Amigaba and it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed because this may increase the risk of unwanted side effect. If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor about taking Amigaba.
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 Amigaba. 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 Amigaba 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. Is there anything I need to avoid while taking Amigaba?
Amigaba may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do an activity that requires you to be alert. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Amigaba. It can increase the effects of alcohol, which could be dangerous. .Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may also interact with this medicine and cause unwanted side effects. Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Use of Amigaba can make you more prone to sunburns. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen when you are outdoors during daytime.
Q. How often should I see the doctor ?
You may need to see your doctor regularly if you have started to take Amigaba. However, even after taking Amigaba 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, Amigaba does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack of this medicine. Do not use Amigaba after the expiry date.