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Calmtra 5 mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction of Calmtra Tablet

Calmtra 5 mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used for treating insomnia. It is generally used in combination with other medicines. This medicine helps to decrease the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Calmtra 5 mg Tablet is taken by mouth with or without food. However, 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 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. It should only be used for a limited period as long term use of this medicine is not recommended. You should avoid alcohol intake while taking this medicine.

Some common side effects of this medicine includes imbalance, fatigue, memory impairment, depression and confusion. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive if you have taken this medicine. Moreover driving under the influence of this medicine is also considered as an offence. This medicine may cause weight gain also. Thus, it is better to eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. It should be noted that in elderly patients this medicine may reduce the muscle tone and increase risk of fall.

Uses of Calmtra Tablet

Calmtra Tablet side effects

Common
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Drowsiness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Coordination impaired

How to use Calmtra 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. Calmtra 5 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Calmtra Tablet works

Calmtra 5 mg 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.

Calmtra Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Calmtra 5 mg Tablet
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Calmtra 5 mg 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.
Lactation
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Calmtra 5 mg 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
Calmtra 5 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Calmtra 5 mg Tablet may cause side effects such as reduced alertness, confusion, tiredness, dizziness, poor muscle coordination and double vision. This may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Calmtra 5 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Calmtra 5 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Calmtra 5 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Calmtra 5 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Calmtra 5 mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Calmtra Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Calmtra 5 mg 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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Expert Advice

  • If you are taking Calmtra 5 mg Tablet for the treatment of insomnia, it should not be used for more than 4 weeks.
  • Take it 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime and only when you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • 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.
  • If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice a rash or other skin changes such as reddish spots or circular patches while taking this medicine.
  • 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

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Patient Concerns

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FAQs

Q. Does Calmtra get you high?

Yes, Calmtra can get you high especially when more than the recommended dose is used for a long period of time. Patients with a history of alcoholism, drug abuse and personality disorders should be closely monitored since these patients may intentionally take more than the recommended doses of Calmtra to get “high”.

Q. How quickly does Calmtra work?

Calmtra works quickly. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to induce sleep following which the person may remain asleep for 6 to 8 hours. Therefore, it should be taken just before going to bed.

Q. Does Calmtra help you sleep?

Yes, Calmtra is in fact used for short-term treatment of insomnia (trouble falling asleep). It shortens the time taken to fall asleep and lengthens the duration of sleep. It helps you to sleep but does not cure the underlying cause of your insomnia, which you should discuss with your doctor.

Q. What is Calmtra? How does it make you feel?

Calmtra belongs to the benzodiazepine class of medicines. These medicines are known as tranquillizers, which means they have a calming effect and make you feel relaxed. However, its prolonged use may cause some side effects like excessive drowsiness, reduced alertness, confusion, tiredness, etc.

Q. What are the symptoms of an overdose of Calmtra?

Taking high doses of Calmtra may cause mild or serious side effects. The mild symptoms of an overdose of Calmtra include drowsiness, mental confusion and tiredness. In more serious cases, you may develop inability to move, loss of muscle tone, fall in blood pressure, breathing difficulties, coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time) and very rarely death.

Q. Why has my doctor prescribed Calmtra for a short duration? Can I take it longer than that?

Treatment with Calmtra should be as short as possible. Generally, including the gradual reduction of dose (tapering process), the duration of treatment varies from a few days to two weeks and can extend up to a maximum of four weeks. Higher doses of this medicine are not at all recommended. If you take the medicine for longer than the prescribed duration of time, you may develop physical and psychological dependence and tolerance (higher dose required to have the same effect).

Q. Can I stop taking Calmtra?

Do not stop taking Calmtra before consulting your doctor. Stopping the treatment suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms which include a recurrence of sleep problems, depression, nervousness, extreme anxiety, tension, restlessness, and confusion. The withdrawal symptoms may also include mood changes, irritability, sweating, diarrhea, headache, and muscle weakness.

Q. Is Calmtra safe for old people?

Calmtra should be used with care in elderly people. Usually, the dose advised for aged people is half of what is normally advised. This means that the dose should be restricted to 2.5 or 5 mg. Since Calmtra relaxes the muscles, elderly patients should take extra care when they get up at night as there is a risk of falls and consequently of injuries including hip fractures.

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