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Epcon 2 mg Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Epcon Tablet

Epcon 2 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of epilepsy and anxiety disorder.

Epcon Tablet side effects

Common
  • Memory impairment
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Uncoordinated body movements

How to use Epcon 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. Epcon 2 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Epcon Tablet works

Epcon 2 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.

Epcon Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
Epcon 2 mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Epcon 2 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Epcon 2 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Driving
Epcon 2 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
Epcon 2 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Epcon 2 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Epcon 2 mg Tablet can cause excessive sleepiness in patients with end stage kidney disease.
Liver
Epcon 2 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Epcon 2 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Epcon Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Epcon 2 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 Epcon 2 mg Tablet for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety, it should not be used more than 4 weeks.
  • It may become less effective over the time.
  • It causes sleepiness or drowsiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Epcon 2 mg Tablet, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of Epcon 2 mg Tablet is very high.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Epcon with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Epcon

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FAQs

Q. Can I take Epcon while taking a dietary supplement?

It depends on what kind of dietary supplement it is. Normally absorption of Epcon is not affected by food and other vitamins. Consult your doctor before you start taking the medication.

Q. Which medication is best, alprazolam or Epcon?

Both are equally effective as suggested in different research studies.

Q. What is the difference between clotiazepam and Epcon?

Clotiazepam is a benzodiazepine which has anxiolytic, sedative and antiepileptic property. It differs from other benzodiazepines (Epcon) in that the benzene ring is replaced by thiophene ring. Clinical use of clotiazepam is relatively low.

Q. Which medication is best, lorazepam or Epcon?

Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.

Q. Which medication is best, diazepam or Epcon?

Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.

Q. Can Epcon affect my sex drive?

There are few reports but it is not so common. Epcon does not affect the sexual drive in all the patients.

Q. Is Epcon a narcotic?

No. Epcon is not a narcotic. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.

Q. Is Epcon muscle relaxant?

Epcon is approved for the treatment of anxiety, alcohol withdrawal and epilepsy. Some research studies have shown it has got muscle relaxant properties.

Q. Can I take vitamin B along with Epcon?

There is no known major interaction found with vitamin B when taken with Epcon.

Q. Can I take vitamin C along with Epcon?

There is no known major interaction found with vitamin C when taken with Epcon.

Q. Can I take Epcon while I am on hepatitis C treatment?

The treatment of hepatitis C includes many drugs and the side effects depends on which drug you are prescribed.

Q. Can Epcon cause euphoria?

No. Epcon does not cause euphoria. It causes sleepiness, dizziness etc.

Q. Can Epcon get you high?

Epcon does not make you feel high.

Q. Can Epcon be replaced with paroxetine?

No. both are different medication. Epcon is an antianxiety, anticonvulsant drug whereas Paroxetine is an antidepressant medication

Q. Can Epcon cause rash?

Epcon is not commonly known to cause a rash but hypersensitive individuals can develop a rash.

Q. Is Epcon the best choice for restless legs syndrome?

There are other treatment modalities for restless leg syndrome but among these benzodiazepine class of drug Epcon is most studied drug. It is not approved for restless leg syndrome but used off label.

Q. How is bupropion different than Epcon?

Bupropion is in the treatment of depression and for smoking cessation. Epcon is an anti-seizure and anti-anxiety medicine.

Q. Can I take Epcon along with zolpidem?

No. You should avoid taking these two medications together. They both induce sleep and taking them together can lead to increased sleepiness, decreased concentration, ataxia and abnormal co-ordination.

Q. Which medication is better, Epcon or clobazam?

Clobazam causes less sedation as compared to Epcon as seen in few research studies.In few studies, clobazam showed a good retention when given for a longer period whereas Epcon needs a dose escalation.

Q. Can I take Epcon along with fluoxetine?

You should avoid taking these two drugs together as they increase side effects like sleepiness, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.

Q. Can I take Epcon while I am also taking antibiotics?

It depends on which antibiotics you are on treatment. Consult your doctor before starting these medications.

Q. Can I take Epcon along with escitalopram?

You should avoid taking these two drugs together as they increase side effects like sleepiness, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.

Q. Which medication is better, Epcon or nitrazepam?

Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.

Q. Can I take Epcon along with paracetamol?

Yes. You can take prescribed doses of paracetamol with Epcon. Inform your doctor if you have any allergy or liver problems before starting these medications.

Q. Which is stronger Epcon or oxazepam?

We could not find any direct studies comparing Epcon with oxazepam. However, oxazepam is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine with a slow onset of action.

Q. Which medication is better Epcon or etizolam?

Etizolam is a short acting drug and its structure is a bit different from the benzodiazepines class of drugs. Both are used in inducing sleep and relieving anxiety however it depends.

Q. When does Epcon expire?

The expiry date of Epcon is given on the tablet strip and provided by the manufacturer.

Q. How does Epcon affect the brain?

Epcon works by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Q. Can I take Epcon along with coffee?

Yes. There are no major interactions known between coffee and Epcon.

Q. What is the difference between Epcon and zopiclone?

Epcon is an anti-siezure, antianxiety medication. Zopiclone is a sedating drug from different class and it is only used for inducing sleep

Q. What is the difference between Epcon and olanzapine?

Epcon is an anti-seizure, antianxiety medication. Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication.

Q. Can Epcon cause low blood pressure?

Epcon is not known to cause low blood pressure commonly. It can cause palpitation in some patients.

Q. Can I use Epcon for sciatica?

No. Epcon is not a known medication for sciatica. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication.

Q. Can tremors be treated with Epcon?

Epcon is not an approved drugs for treatment of tremors. However, in some research studies, it has been shown Epcon is effective

Q. Can I use Epcon for nausea?

No. Epcon is not a medication for nausea. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication.

Q. Can I use Epcon for a headache?

No. Epcon is not a medication for a headache. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication.

Q. Can I use Epcon for vertigo?

No. Epcon is not a medication for vertigo. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication. However, few studies have shown its effectiveness in vertigo.

Q. Can insomnia be treated with Epcon?

Yes. Though Epcon is not approved for treatment of insomnia. Epcon is used off-label for the treatment of sleep disorders.

Q. Can I use Epcon for depression?

No. Epcon is not a medication for depression. It is an antiseizure and antianxiety medication. There are the different class of drugs for treating depression.

Q. Can I use Epcon in pain management?

No. Epcon is not a medication for management of pain disorders. It is an antiseizure and antianxiety medication. There are the different class of drugs for treating pain. Few studies have failed to prove the effectiveness of Epcon in pain management.

Q. What is the good time to take Epcon?

It is given mostly at night as it causes sedation.

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