Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Epizam Tablet

Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of epilepsy and anxiety disorder.

Epizam Tablet side effects

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

How to use Epizam 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. Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Epizam Tablet works

Epizam 0.5 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.

Epizam Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Epizam 0.5 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
Epizam 0.5 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
Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet can cause excessive sleepiness in patients with end stage kidney disease.
Liver
Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Epizam Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Epizam 0.5 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 Epizam 0.5 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 Epizam 0.5 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 Epizam 0.5 mg Tablet is very high.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Epizam 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 Epizam

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my wife PATIENT suffering from Epilepsy. she gets it generally when she is feeling weak or exhausted or if she has some small accident at home /outside which hurts her body part little severely. we did follow a course of epilepsy tablets for 6 month in 2010 but it was exhausting her and health was further deteriorating. hence stopped that. this year it happened twice every time with reason. me and family support her all the way emotionally / mentally. also makes sure that she is having proper diet and sleep. please advise what best can be done medicine wise and in terms of improving health by diet or nah other ways. thank you
Dr. Manju Singh
Psychiatrist
Daer PATIENT On the basis of information you have provided you can consider following homeopathic remedy for your complaint:RECKEWEG R33 - EPILEPSY DROPS LINK: http://www.1mgayush.com/products/R33-EPILEPSY-DROPS/StandardDosage: 3 times daily 15 drops in some water.
What is the suitable medicine in homeopathy for epilepsy for middle people event hough they are using English medicine like levers xr 750and Valero cr300twice a dsy
Dr. Manju Singh
Psychiatrist
Dear PATIENT On the basis of information you have provided you can consider following homeopathic medicine:RECKEWEG R33 - EPILEPSY DROPShttp://www.1mgayush.com/products/R33-EPILEPSY-DROPS/StandardDosage: 3 times daily 15 drops in some water.
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FAQs

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

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

Q. Which medication is best, alprazolam or Epizam?

Both are equally effective as suggested in different research studies.

Q. What is the difference between clotiazepam and Epizam?

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

Q. Which medication is best, lorazepam or Epizam?

Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.

Q. Which medication is best, diazepam or Epizam?

Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.

Q. Can Epizam affect my sex drive?

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

Q. Is Epizam a narcotic?

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

Q. Is Epizam muscle relaxant?

Epizam 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 Epizam?

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

Q. Can I take vitamin C along with Epizam?

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

Q. Can I take Epizam 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 Epizam cause euphoria?

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

Q. Can Epizam get you high?

Epizam does not make you feel high.

Q. Can Epizam be replaced with paroxetine?

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

Q. Can Epizam cause rash?

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

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

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

Q. How is bupropion different than Epizam?

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

Q. Can I take Epizam 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, Epizam or clobazam?

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

Q. Can I take Epizam 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 Epizam 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 Epizam 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, Epizam or nitrazepam?

Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.

Q. Can I take Epizam along with paracetamol?

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

Q. Which is stronger Epizam or oxazepam?

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

Q. Which medication is better Epizam 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 Epizam expire?

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

Q. How does Epizam affect the brain?

Epizam 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 Epizam along with coffee?

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

Q. What is the difference between Epizam and zopiclone?

Epizam 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 Epizam and olanzapine?

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

Q. Can Epizam cause low blood pressure?

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

Q. Can I use Epizam for sciatica?

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

Q. Can tremors be treated with Epizam?

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

Q. Can I use Epizam for nausea?

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

Q. Can I use Epizam for a headache?

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

Q. Can I use Epizam for vertigo?

No. Epizam 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 Epizam?

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

Q. Can I use Epizam for depression?

No. Epizam 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 Epizam in pain management?

No. Epizam 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 Epizam in pain management.

Q. What is the good time to take Epizam?

It is given mostly at night as it causes sedation.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 8th Mar 2017.
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