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Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used to treat short term anxiety and insomnia. It binds to specific receptor sites in the brain and calms the brain. Therefore, it provides effective relaxation to the brain.

Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet may be taken with or without food. However, take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it has a high potential of habit-forming.

If you have missed any doses, take it as soon as you remember it and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. You should not stop this medication without talking to your doctor as it may cause nausea and anxiety.

Some common side effects of this medicine include headaches, impaired muscle coordination, slurred speech, muscle weakness, altered libido, and depression. 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. Talk to your doctor about potential side effects and ways you might prevent or cope with them. You may also get side effects after stopping the treatment.

Before taking the medicine you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet can usually be mixed safely with other medicines but some medicines, including antacids and alcohol, do affect the way it works and can increase the chance of side effects. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time then regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.

Uses of Etilaam Tablet

Side effects of Etilaam 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 Etilaam

  • Altered libido
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Muscle coordination impaired
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sedation
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremor
  • Visual impairment

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 Altered libido
    If you experience this side effect, talk to your doctor. They may be able to reduce your dose or change your medication. In general, healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and keeping a healthy weight can make a big difference. Regular exercise can increase your stamina, lift your mood and boost your libido. Find ways of coping with stress such as meditation or relaxation techniques. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as they can lower your sex drive.
  • Coping with Confusion
    If this medicine makes you feel this way, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. If the feeling does not go away or troubles you, do not take any more medicine and speak to a pharmacist or your doctor.
  • Coping with Depression
    It is important to talk to your doctor if you think you may be depressed. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can recover. Treatment for depression can involve a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapies (such as counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy) and medicines (antidepressants). There are many things you can do for yourself if your depression is not too severe. Exercise is an extremely effective treatment for depression, so make sure you keep as active as possible. It can really lift your mood. A healthy diet can also make a big difference to your mood (as well as improving your physical health). Mindfulness is a technique that many people find helpful. It may be tempting to smoke or drink alcohol, but both will make things worse in the long run. Try talking to a friend or family member even if you do not feel comfortable doing this. Get into a routine with regular sleep patterns and meals. If you have thoughts of self-harm or suicide, contact your doctor immediately.
  • Coping with Drowsiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.
  • 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 Muscle weakness
    Tell your doctor straight away because sometimes the muscle pain may be a sign of something more serious. A lower dosage or a different medication might be needed. Try to relax the cramping muscle by stretching it and holding the stretch. You might massage the muscle or apply a heat pad to the area after stretching. Avoid exercising too much. Stay well-hydrated. Do not take over-the-counter pain relievers unless the doctor prescribes it. Your doctor may also suggest taking supplements, such as calcium, magnesium oxide or potassium oxide depending on your needs.
  • Coping with Tremor
    These symptoms can be a sign that the dose is too high for you. It may help to change your dose or take your medicine at a different time of the day. There are also exercises that can improve muscle strength, control and coordination. In terms of lifestyle, avoid caffeine (in coffee, tea and chocolate), alcohol, and ask your doctor about other techniques to help you relax and manage stress. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you. Your doctor may be able to prescribe you medicines that can help.

How to use Etilaam 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. Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Etilaam Tablet works

Etilaam DS 1mg 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.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet during pregnancy is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
UNSAFE
Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
The most common side-effects of Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet are related to sedation and musculoskeletal relaxation. It may impair your driving ability.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Etilaam DS 1mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Etilaam Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Etilaam DS 1mg 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 as per dose and duration suggested by the doctor.
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of this medicine is less as compared to other benzodiazepines.
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may increase dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Do not take this medicine if you have a history of drug addiction or drug abuse.  
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as that may lead to nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, sweating, tremor, and confusion.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Thienodiazepines Derivative
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Etilaam 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

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Is there any side effect of continuous taking cipralex 10 mg. Lonazep .25 mg. & Etilaam .25 mg. one each daily for 4 to 5 months for treatment of anxiety. Whether one can get addiction to any one of these & are they quiet safe? Please tell whether a person can be fully recovered from depression with the help of aforesaid medicines with long usage?
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Antidepressants are not addictive. Lonazep and etilaam are benzodiazepines which can be addictive if not taken under supervision.
I feel short term memory loss , anxiety and mood disorder
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurology
Do Mri brain and thyroid testing
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FAQs

Q. Does Etilaam have abuse potential?

Yes, there are several reports mentioning the abuse potential of Etilaam. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients prone to drug abuse.

Q. What are the advantages of Etilaam over other benzodiazepines (BZDs)?

As compared to other benzodiazepines, Etilaam has lesser sedative effects, lower dependence, and lower tolerance. However, long-term use can reduce the effectivity of the medicine and may cause dependence and addiction.

Q. What happens if you stop taking Etilaam suddenly?

Stopping Etilaam suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms which may include anxiety, insomnia, headache, dizziness, ringing sound in ear (tinnitus), eating disorder (anorexia), vomiting, nausea, tremor, weakness, excessive sweating (perspiration), irritability, hypersensitivity to visual and auditory stimuli. Stopping the medicine suddenly may also cause palpitations, fast heart rate and postural hypotension (drop in blood pressure on standing). In severe and rare cases of withdrawal from high doses, patients may develop seizures, mental disorder (psychosis), agitation, confusion, and hallucinations.

Q. How long does Etilaam take to work?

Oral doses of Etilaam begin working within 30-60 minutes and peak at 3-4 hours. The medicine remains in the body for 6-8 hours although higher doses can last longer.

Q. Is Etilaam a muscle relaxant?

Yes, like benzodiazepines, it causes muscle relaxation, but otherwise it is mainly used for anxiety.

Q. Is Etilaam good for sleep?

Like other benzodiazepines, it causes sleepiness but is mainly used for anxiety disorder. It increases total sleep time and decreases the proportion of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, wherein your eyes move quickly in different directions. Etilaam had no effect on sleep latency (amount of time it takes you to go from being fully awake to being asleep).

Q. Is Etilaam an antidepressant?

No, Etilaam is not an antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder with depressive symptoms. But, it may affect patient's mood.

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