Medicine Overview of Epilep Tablet ER
Side Effects of Epilep are Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Double vision, Sleepiness, Anemia (low number of red blood cells), Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand), Gingival hyperplasia, Increased hair growth, Osteoporosis.
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. Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER is an antiepileptic medication. It controls seizures or fits by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
In Depth Information on Epilep Tablet ER
- Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER should be taken at the same time every day to maintain consistent levels in your body.
Do not stop using Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.
- It causes sleepiness or drowsiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
It may increase blood sugar levels.Inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines to treat diabetes.
- Do not start any medicine including herbal or ayurvedic without telling your doctor. As it may significantly change the Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER levels.
Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
Epilep Tablet ER related warnings
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER 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.
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER is safe to use during lactation.
Human studies have shown that either the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in significant amount or is not expected to cause toxicity to the baby.
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Epilep 300 mg Tablet ER may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Frequently asked questions about Epilep Tablet ER
Epilep is used to control seizures (fits) in epilepsy patients and it works by suppressing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Q. Does Epilep cause gingival hyperplasia?
Epilep is known to cause gingival hyperplasia (enlarged gums). To avoid this, you must maintain a good dental hygiene (taking proper care of your teeth and gums). Please consult your doctor if you have enlarged gums after taking Epilep.
Q. Does Epilep cause osteomalacia?
Osteomalacia (softening of the bones) has been associated with long-term (>10 years) use of Epilep by patients with chronic epilepsy. There have been reports of bone disorders including osteopenia (reduced protein and mineral content of bone tissue) and osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) and fractures with Epilep. Please consult your doctor for further information.
Q. Can I take Epilep with aspirin?
Epilep can decrease the levels of aspirin by increasing its metabolism (breakdown) and hence decrease its effect. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Epilep with ibuprofen?
Epilep can be taken with ibuprofen. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Epilep with paracetamol?
Epilep decreases the level of paracetamol by increasing its metabolism (breakdown). Increased metabolism of paracetamol can increase the levels of substances that can cause liver damage. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Epilep is not a narcotic substance. Epilep belongs to a group of medicines known as anti-epileptic medicines, these medicines are used to treat epilepsy.
Q. Is Epilep a controlled substance?
Epilep is not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession or use is regulated by a government.
Epilep is not dialyzable by a conventional hemodialysis machine but can be dialyzed by a high permeability type of hemodialysis. To know more about the different types of dialysis and dialysability of Epilep, please consult your doctor.
Q. Is Epilep teratogenic (cause birth defects)?
Epilep is teratogenic. Based on human experience, Epilep is suggested to cause congenital malformations (birth defects) when given during pregnancy. It can cause defects of the heart, brain, fingers and can decrease the growth of the unborn baby.
Q. Is Epilep a cytochrome P450 (CYP450) inducer?
Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) is an enzyme which causes metabolism (breakdown) of many drugs. Epilep is a CYP450 enzyme inducer (increases the working of CYP450) causing increased breakdown of some medicines given along with Epilep (known as drug-drug interactions). Please consult your doctor before taking any medicines along with Epilep as it may affect the metabolism of the medicines which are metabolized by CYP450 for example Vitamin D.
Q. Is Epilep basic or acidic?
Epilep is a weakly acidic drug.
Epilep has not been reported to have any addictive potential and it does not show any symptoms of dependence. However, it should be taken for the duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Does Epilep get you high?
Epilep does not give you a high.
Q. Does Epilep cause hyponatremia?
Epilep does not cause hyponatremia (low sodium levels). However, Epilep is known to cause hypernatremia (high serum sodium level >145 mmol/L).
Q. Does Epilep cause QT prolongation?
Epilep is not known to cause QT prolongation (abnormal heart rhythm). However, it can rarely cause abnormal heart rhythms. Please talk to your doctor if you have any abnormal heart rhythm (beats) while taking Epilep.
Q. Does Epilep affect thyroid?
Thyroid function may get affected while you are taking Epilep, especially in children. Thyroid function should be monitored while taking Epilep. Please consult your doctor if you have hypothyroidism or a history of hypothyroidism.
Q. Does Epilep cause weight gain?
Epilep has not been reported to cause weight gain. However, weight loss can occur with longer term use of a higher dose of Epilep. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight gain after taking Epilep.
Q. Does Epilep make you sleepy (sedation)?
Epilep can make you feel sleepy (sedation, somnolence, and drowsiness). Please consult your doctor if you feel very sleepy after taking Epilep, especially during the first few weeks of treatment or following a dose increase. Talk to your doctor as you may be advised not to drive or use machines until it is established that your ability to perform such activities is not affected.
Q. Does Epilep affect birth control?
Epilep does affect birth control. Epilep can decrease the effect of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) which can make the contraceptive (birth control) effect unreliable. Please talk to your doctor if you are asked to take the two medicines together as you may need to use extra protection for birth control.
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