Eloprax 20mg Tablet

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Sanofi India Ltd

Composition for Eloprax 20mg Tablet

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Primarily used for

Depression, Anxiety disorder, Phobia
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₹12.8/Tablet
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Medicine Overview of Eloprax Tablet

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Uses of Eloprax Tablet

Eloprax 20mg Tablet is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Side effects of Eloprax Tablet

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Nausea, Diarrhoea, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Headache, Fatigue.

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

How Eloprax Tablet works

Eloprax 20mg tablet is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.

In Depth Information on Eloprax Tablet

Expert advice for Eloprax Tablet

  • It can take 2-3 weeks for Eloprax to start working.
  • Do not stop treatment suddenly as this may cause a stomach upset, flu-like withdrawal symptoms and sleep disturbance.
  • If your doctor asks you to stop Eloprax, you should reduce the dose slowly over 4 weeks.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Eloprax, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
  • The addiction/dependence potential of Eloprax is very less.
  • You may develop anxiety during initiation of therapy.
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Warnings
Special precautions for Eloprax 20mg Tablet
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Alcohol
CAUTION
Eloprax 20mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
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Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Eloprax 20mg 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.
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Lactation
CAUTION
Eloprax 20mg Tablet is probably usafe to use during lactatio
n. Limited human data suggests that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby.
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Driving
Eloprax 20mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
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Kidney
Eloprax 20mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients
with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Eloprax 20mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Liver
CAUTION
Eloprax 20mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients
with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Eloprax 20mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Severely interacts with other drugs like
Linowin 200mg Injection, Cyblex 60mg XR Tablet, Serenace 5mg Injection 1ml, Paliris 3mg Tablet

Missed Dosageuses

If you miss a dose of Escitalopram, 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.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Eloprax 20mg Tablet

Frequently asked questions for Escitalopram

Eloprax works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms in depression and relieves symptoms of panic and obsessive disorders.
Eloprax increases the activity of serotonin a chemical which is also involved in the vomiting process so makes the person nauseating.
Eloprax should not be used for the treatment of bipolar disorder as it can aggravate the problem. Only in few cases, it can be used that too with caution with other drugs if depression is the more persistent feature of person's bipolar illness. But the person should be very regular with drugs prescribed for the mania part also called mood stabilisers.
Eloprax is not approved for the treatment of a migraine. It is used in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorder, phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Eloprax can be used for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) but there are better alternatives available, in case they don't work then Eloprax can be used. Although it is prescribed in a higher dose and for longer duration in case of OCD in comparison to depression.
Eloprax may itself cause sleep disorders. So it is not recommended for the sleep problem.
There are some case reports of hair loss with the use of Eloprax. It is very infrequent and it usually stops after the discontinuation of the drug. It can be very distressing for a person, especially for the females. So a person should tell his doctor if he is having hair loss with the use of Eloprax.
Q. Which is better medication, Eloprax or sertraline?
Eloprax is the safest drug in its class. Sertraline can be used in case Eloprax doesn't work for depression. However, setraline can be preferred in case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Q. Which is better medication, Eloprax or citalopram?
Eloprax is more effective than citalopram for major depression. Although some studies have shown that there is no difference among two in case of effectiveness but some recent studies have shown Eloprax to be superior to citalopram for major depression.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with diphenhydramine?
It is better to avoid diphenhydramine with Eloprax. Diphenhydramine can aggravate side effects of Eloprax and can cause dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with aspirin?
It is usually avoided as it can increase the chances of bleeding.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with Ibuprofen?
No. Combined these two drugs may increase the chances of bleeding especially in persons already on a blood thinner. Nasal bleeding is usually the first symptom.
Q. Can Eloprax be given with lisdexamfetamine?
It is better to avoid this combined therapy of lisdexamfetamine with Eloprax, it leads to increased anxiety, restlessness and sometimes serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome includes vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme changes in blood pressure and even seizure may occur. It can be life-threatening.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with methylphenidate?
It is better to avoid methylphenidate with Eloprax. Because methylphenidate can increase the blood levels of Eloprax and its effects and rarely can cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome with symptoms like anxiety, restlessness, extreme changes in heart rate and blood pressure, blurred vision, incoordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with coffee?
There is usually no significant effect of taking coffee with Eloprax but a very high quantity of consumption of coffee may cause restlessness and anxiety.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with alprazolam?
It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with clonazepam?
It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can Eloprax be used with hydrocodone?
It is better to avoid the combination, it can lead to increased dizziness, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. Please consult your doctor before taking these two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Eloprax with dextromethorphan?
You should not take Dextromethorphan with Eloprax. It can lead to the seotonin syndrome. Before taking any medications with Eloprax, your should consult with your doctor.
Q. Can I take Eloprax and paracetamol?
Yes. There is no known interaction between Eloprax and paracetamol.
Q. How does Eloprax differ from fluoxetine?
Eloprax and fluoxetin belongs to same class of medicine called as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
Q. How doses Eloprax differ from amitriptyline?
Eloprax is a newer drug belongs to class selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) while amitryptiline is an older drug belonging to class tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). Both drugs are almost equally effective for treating depression but Eloprax has much lesser side effects in comparison to amitryptiline and so preferred over amitryptiline for the treatment of depression.
Q. How does Eloprax differ from imipramine?
Eloprax is much safer than imipramine and is preferred in most of the conditions over imipramine. However, imipramine can be preferred in bed-wetting in children.
Tiredness is usually associated with depression. Eloprax can alter the sleep quality and can make the person feel tired most of the time.<br>
You may experience withdrawal symptoms which can be in the form flu like symptoms, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, nausea or sleep problems. These symptoms usually last for one to two weeks. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.
You should consult your doctor before stopping the treatment. It would depend on the number and severity of depressive episodes.The dose should be tapered slowly to prevent intense withdrawal symptoms.<br>
No. Eloprax is not addictive. Its abrupt discontinuation may cause some withdrawal symptoms. But still is not addictive as there is no drug-seeking behaviour and it has no abuse liability.
No. Eloprax is not a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines decrease the anxiety and induce sleep. Eloprax belongs to the class of selective sertonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It may cause insomnia and restlessness initially as the side effect which usually goes away with time.
No. Eloprax is not a narcotic drug. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.
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