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Esam 5 Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Esam 5 Tablet is a medicine used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and to prevent angina (heart-related chest pain). It is a calcium channel blocker which helps to lower blood pressure and reduce the workload of the heart. This helps prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Esam 5 Tablet may be prescribed alone or along with other medicines. The dose depends on what you are taking it for and the severity of your condition. You can take it at any time of day, with or without food, but it is best to take it at the same time each day. Keep taking it for as long as advised by your doctor. Even if you feel well, do not stop this medicine on your own because high blood pressure often has no symptoms. If you stop taking it, your condition may get worse. Keeping active with regular exercise, reducing your weight and eating a healthy diet will also help control your blood pressure. Follow your doctor’s advice while taking this medicine.

The most common side effects include fatigue, swelling in the feet or ankles, sleepiness, dizziness, flushing, and headache. Consult your doctor If any of these bother you, or get worse, or won't go away.

Before taking it, let your doctor know if you have any liver or kidney problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor for advice before taking this medicine. You also need to tell your doctor what other medicines you are taking – especially those used to treat high blood pressure or heart conditions. You should have your blood pressure checked regularly to make sure that this medicine is working properly.

Benefits of Esam Tablet

In Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Esam 5 Tablet is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily around your body. This lowers your blood pressure and reduces your risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, or kidney problems in the future. You do not usually feel any direct benefit from taking this medicine, but it works in the long term to keep you well. Take regularly, as prescribed for this medicine to be most effective, even if you feel better.

In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Esam 5 Tablet belongs to a class of medicines known as a calcium channel blockers. It works by relaxing blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily around your body. This means that more oxygen gets to your heart and reduces the risk of getting chest pain (angina). This medicine should not be used to treat chest pain which is already happening. It is used to prevent or reduce the frequency of angina attacks. This medicine needs to be taken regularly as prescribed for it to work effectively. So, it is important to keep taking it even if you feel well and have no symptoms.

Side effects of Esam 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 Esam

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Palpitations
  • Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
  • Ankle swelling
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Fatigue

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Palpitations
    If this happens regularly after you take your medicine, try to take the medicine at a time when you can sit or lie down when the symptoms are worse. It may help to cut down on alcohol, smoking, caffeine and big meals as these might make the problem worse. If you are still having problems after a week, speak to your doctor as you may be offered a different type of medicine.
  • Coping with Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
    Sip cold or iced drinks. Try cutting down on coffee, tea and alcohol. It might help to keep the room cool and use a fan. You could also spray cool water on your face. Wear layers of light clothing that you can easily take off if you overheat. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Have a lukewarm shower or bath instead of a hot one. Avoid smoking and cut down on alcohol. The flushing should go away after a few days. If it does not go away or causes problems, contact your doctor. There may be medicines that can help.
  • Coping with Ankle swelling
    Keep your legs raised when you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep moving your legs and ankles by taking a short walk several times an hour, as standing still for too long can increase swelling. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes and do not cross your leg. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and avoid alcohol. Reduce the salt in your diet. Losing weight and performing leg exercises while sitting can also help reduce the swelling. Using compression socks may help relieve pain and prevent fluid collection in your legs, ankles and feet.

How to use Esam 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. Esam 5 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Esam Tablet works

Esam 5 Tablet is a calcium channel blocker. In high blood pressure, it normalizes the blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on them, thereby improving the blood flow in the body. The enhanced blood flow in the body further relaxes the heart muscles by reducing the workload on the heart. It also improves the oxygen flow in the body, thereby, preventing any heart-related chest pain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Esam 5 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Esam 5 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Esam 5 Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Esam 5 Tablet alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Esam 5 Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Esam 5 Tablet is recommended.
Liver
CAUTION
Esam 5 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Esam 5 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Esam Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Esam 5 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

  • Take it at the same time every day to help you remember to take it.
  • A sudden drop in your blood pressure may occur, especially when you first start taking Esam 5 Tablet. To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
  • It can cause ankle or foot swelling. To reduce the swelling, raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or perform any activity that requires mental focus until you know how Esam 5 Tablet affects you. 
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Dihydropyridinecarboxylic acids derivatives
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

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FAQs

Q. How long does it take for Esam to work?

Esam starts working on the day it is taken. However, it may take weeks to see the full effect. You should continue taking the medicine even if you feel better or if you do not notice any considerable difference. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns or you feel worse after taking the medicine.

Q. Is Esam bad for the kidneys?

No, there is no evidence that Esam causes deterioration of kidney problems. Esam can be used in normal doses in patients with kidney problems. In fact, its blood pressure-lowering effect helps to prevent injury to the kidneys due to hypertension.

Q. Should I take Esam in the morning or at night?

Esam can be taken anytime in the morning or evening, usually prescribed once daily. Take the medicine as advised by the doctor. It is advised to take it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it and consistent levels of medicine are maintained in the body.

Q. How long do I need to take Esam?

You should keep on taking Esam for as long as your doctor has recommended you to take it. You may need to take it lifelong. Do not stop taking it, even if you feel well or your blood pressure is well controlled. If you stop taking Esam, your blood pressure may increase again and your condition may worsen.

Q. I have been told that I have to take Esam for several years. Is it safe to take it for a long time?

Esam is a blood pressure-lowering medicine. It does not cure hypertension but helps to keep the blood pressure under control for as long as you take. For this reason, blood pressure-lowering medicines may need to be taken for a long period of time or even life long. Esam is safe and well tolerated by most people and does not have any lasting toxicity when taken for a long time. For best results, take it exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor first.

Q. I have developed swelling over my ankles after using Esam. What should I do?

Esam can cause ankle or foot swelling. Raise your legs while you are sitting down. Talk to your doctor if it does not go away.

Q. Do I need to change my diet while using Esam?

Avoid eating grapefruit (chakotra) or drinking grapefruit juice while taking Esam. Take a low sodium and low-fat diet, and adhere to the lifestyle changes as advised by your doctor.

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References

  1. Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). [Accessed 19 Mar. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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