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Codep 37 Tablet

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Product introduction

Codep 37 Tablet is a prescription medicine used to treat schizophrenia. It is a combination medicine that calms the brain by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells. It also blocks the action of a chemical messenger in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Codep 37 Tablet can 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 advised by your doctor as it has habit-forming potential. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. Finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important not to stop this medicine suddenly as it may cause withdrawal symptoms.

Some common side effects of this medicine include nausea, dryness in mouth, sedation, urinary retention, blurred vision, and confusion. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness. So, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can worsen your drowsiness. This medicine can lead to weight gain and increase blood sugar levels. It is advisable to avoid high-calorie food, eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly and monitor blood sugar regularly.

Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Uses of Codep 37 Tablet

Benefits of Codep 37 Tablet

In Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which a person’s thinking ability, feelings and behavior become abnormal. Codep 37 Tablet helps restore the chemical imbalances in the brain that are responsible for such changes. It improves thoughts, behavior and enhances the quality of life.

Side effects of Codep 37 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 Codep 37

  • Nausea
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Sedation
  • Weight gain
  • Confusion
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
  • Memory impairment
  • Urinary retention
  • Increased prolactin level in blood
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nervousness
  • Constipation
  • Uncoordinated body movements
  • Slow heart rate
  • Depression

How to use Codep 37 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. Codep 37 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Codep 37 Tablet works

Codep 37 Tablet is a combination of four medicines: Chlordiazepoxide, Imipramine, Trihexyphenidyl and Trifluoperazine. Chlordiazepoxide is a benzodiazepine (BZD) which works by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain. Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant which increases the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that help in regulating the mood and treat depression. Trihexyphenidyl is an anticholinergic which works on the nervous system and corrects some of the chemical imbalances that cause Parkinson's disease. Trifluoperazine is a typical antipsychotic. It works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Safety advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Codep 37 Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Codep 37 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.
Breast feeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Codep 37 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
Codep 37 Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Codep 37 Tablet make u feel dizzy, drowsy or can cause blurred vision. This may affect your driving ability.
Kidney
CAUTION
Codep 37 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Codep 37 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Codep 37 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Codep 37 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of liver function tests is recommended while you are taking this medicine.

What if you forget to take Codep 37 Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Codep 37 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.

All substitutes

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

Quick tips

  • Codep 37 Tablet is used for the treatment of schizophrenia.
  • It is better to take it at night as this medicine may produce drowsiness or sleepiness.
  • Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy.
  • Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking any antidepressants.
  • If you have diabetes, you will be asked to monitor your blood glucose level regularly as Codep 37 Tablet may affect the levels of sugar in your blood.
  • This medicine can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

Fact Box

Habit Forming
Yes
Therapeutic Class
NEURO CNS

Patient concerns

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My daughter PATIENT been taking Tab. Codep 37 for the last 3 months prescribed by a physician. Will you kindly tell me whether its prolonged use is safe. If yes please suggest its substitute as it is not easily available in the market these days.
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Please mention the chemical name of the drug.
Suffering Schizophrnia from last 20+ years. Is cure able ?
Dr. Ambrish Dharmadhikari
Psychiatry
We are here to helpSchizophrenia is chronic disorderSymptoms can be stopped from expressingCure is difficult word to say in schizophrenia
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References

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  4. Trifluoperazine. Leeds, Yorkshire: Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited; 2008 [revised 27 Nov. 2018]. [Accessed 22 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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