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Equirex Tablet

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Product introduction

Equirex Tablet is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation). It prevents the sudden spasm of muscles to relieve stomach pain and cramps. It also promotes easy passage of gas to reduce stomach discomfort.

Equirex Tablet is taken without food in a dose and duration as advised by the doctor. The dose you are given will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. You should keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends. If you stop treatment too early your symptoms may come back and your condition may worsen. Let your healthcare team know about all other medications you are taking as some may affect, or be affected by this medicine.
The most common side effects are nausea, constipation, memory impairment, blurred vision, dryness in the mouth, difficulty in urination, and coordination impairment. Most of these are temporary and usually resolve with time. Contact your doctor straight away if you are at all concerned about any of these side effects. 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 sleepiness.
Lifestyle modifications like having a fiber-rich diet, avoiding foods that trigger your symptoms, increasing fluid intake, and regular exercise can help you to get better results. Before taking it, you should tell your doctor if you have any kidney or liver diseases. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Benefits of Equirex Tablet

In Treatment of Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic (long-term) inflammatory disease of the large intestine (colon) that usually needs long term management. This can lead to bleeding, frequent diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, cramps and stomach pain. Equirex Tablet relaxes the muscles in your stomach and gut(intestine) and relieves these symptoms effectively. Usually, it is used along with other medicines for the management of your condition.
Continue taking it for as long as the doctor may advise you to. You need to take this medicine regularly to get the most out of it. Take a fiber-rich diet, avoid oily or spicy food and drink plenty of fluids while taking it to make sure you stay hydrated.

Side effects of Equirex 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 Equirex

  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Memory impairment
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Impaired coordination
  • Depression

How to use Equirex 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. Equirex Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

How Equirex Tablet works

Equirex Tablet is a combination of two medicines: Chlordiazepoxide and Clidinium. Chlordiazepoxide is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain. Clidinium works by relaxing the muscles in your stomach and gut (intestine). It stops sudden muscle contractions (spasms) which in turn relieves cramps, pain, bloating, and discomfort.

Safety advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Equirex Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Equirex 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
Equirex 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
Equirex Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
As Equirex Tablet may make you feel drowsy or affect your concentration and this may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Equirex Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Equirex Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Equirex Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Equirex Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Equirex Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Equirex 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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Quick tips

  • Equirex Tablet is prescribed to give relief from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
  • If you are due to have an operation or any dental treatment, please tell the doctor carrying out the treatment that you are taking Equirex Tablet. This is because it increases the effects of some anesthetics.
  • Inform your doctor if you have an enlarged prostate gland, glaucoma, or trouble passing urine.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Equirex Tablet with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Equirex Tablet is prescribed to give relief from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
  • If you are due to have an operation or any dental treatment, please tell the doctor carrying out the treatment that you are taking Equirex Tablet. This is because it increases the effects of some anesthetics.
  • Inform your doctor if you have an enlarged prostate gland, glaucoma, or trouble passing urine.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Equirex Tablet with care. You could have more side effects.

Fact Box

Habit Forming
Yes
Therapeutic Class
GASTRO INTESTINAL

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FAQs

Q. Can the use of Equirex Tablet cause physical dependence?

Yes, Equirex Tablet may cause physical dependence as it contains Chlordiazepoxide as one of the ingredients. Physical dependence is defined as the occurrence of a withdrawal reaction following sudden stoppage of the drug or a decrease in dose. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine or if you need to make any change in the dose.

Q. Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Equirex Tablet?

The use of Equirex Tablet is not recommended to patients with known allergy to any of the components or excipients of Equirex Tablet. Its use is also not advisable in patients of glaucoma, benign prostate enlargement and bladder neck obstruction.

Q. What precautions do I need to take while using Equirex Tablet?

Equirex Tablet should not be taken along with opioids-like substances as it contains chlordiazepoxide. Use of opioids along with chlordiazepoxide may cause excessive sedation (state of calm or sleep), respiratory depression and eventually coma or death. Inform your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking if you are advised to take Equirex Tablet.

Q. What are the symptoms of an overdose of Equirex Tablet?

Both Chlordiazepoxide and Clidinium show different symptoms of overdose. Chlordiazepoxide can cause sleepiness, reflexes, confusion and coma. Clidinium can cause excessive dryness of mouth, blurred vision, urinary hesitancy and constipation. Inform the doctor in case you take a higher dose and any of these symptoms appear.

Q. Can the use of Equirex Tablet cause sleepiness or drowsiness?

Yes, Equirex Tablet may make you feel drowsy or sleepy. Do not drive, operate any machines, work at heights, or participate in potentially dangerous activities at the start of your treatment. Inform your doctor if you experience such episodes while you are taking this medicine.

Q. Can the use of Equirex Tablet cause constipation?

Yes, the use of Equirex Tablet can cause constipation. Eat high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits and cereals, and drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly by engaging in activities like swimming, jogging or going for a walk. Consult a doctor if constipation persists for a long duration.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking Equirex Tablet?

No, avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Equirex Tablet. Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of side effects like drowsiness or sleepiness.

Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Equirex Tablet?

Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.
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References

  1. MedlinePlus. Chlordiazepoxide+Clidinium. [Accessed 15 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Mayo Clinic. Chlordiazepoxide+Clidinium. [Accessed 15 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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