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Pranil Forte Tablet

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SALT COMPOSITION

Overview

Introduction

Pranil Forte Tablet is known as a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used to treat depression and bedwetting in children of age 6 years and above. It is also effective in treating depression that is unresponsive to other treatments.

Pranil Forte Tablet works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that stabilizes and enhances the mood. It is better to take it before bedtime because it can make you feel drowsy. It can be taken with or without food, but you should take it at a fixed time each day for better efficacy. The dose and duration will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to control your symptoms. If you have missed any dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not skip any dose and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. This medication must not be stopped suddenly without talking to the doctor. Your dose may be modified or gradually decreased before stopping the medication.

The most common side effects of this medicine include increased heart rate, blurred vision, dryness in the mouth, difficulty in urination and constipation. Initially, this medicine may also cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, especially when you change positions. It may even cause dizziness and sleepiness, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. To lower the chances of dizziness, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. It may also lead to weight gain in some people. Most of the common side effects tend to be mild and temporary. Your doctor may be able to suggest ways of preventing or reducing side effects if they bother you or do not go away. Serious side effects associated with this medicine are rare.

Before taking this medicine, it is important to tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines for the same or any other diseases. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should take this medicine with proper consultation and caution. This medicine is not known to be addictive, but you can experience additional side effects (withdrawal symptoms) if you stop taking it suddenly. If you notice any sudden mood change or get suicidal or self-harm thoughts, you must consult the doctor without delay. Also, remember to take this medicine as advised by the doctor as an overdose of this medication may lead to a serious health emergency. Consumption of alcohol should be avoided as alcohol interacts with this medicine to cause serious health issues.

Uses of Pranil Forte Tablet

Side effects of Pranil Forte 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 Pranil Forte

  • Increased heart rate
  • Blurred vision
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Constipation
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)

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 Increased heart rate
    Breathe in slowly through your nostrils and then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this until you feel calm. Try sitting cross-legged and drink plenty of water. Splash cold water or apply a cold towel or ice pack on your face for 20-30 seconds. It is important to make sure that you are not taking more than the prescribed dose. As a preventive measure, you should limit the amount of alcohol you drink and give up smoking. Also, cut down the amount of coffee, tea or cola you drink. In general, being physically active and eating a healthy well-balanced diet is good advice for any heart condition. If the condition does not improve, consult your doctor as they may need to change you to a different type of medicine.
  • Coping with Blurred vision
    You can consider washing your eyes with water. Avoid driving or using tools or machines if your vision is impaired. Do not take your next dose if your vision is still blurry. If it gets worse or does not improve, ask your doctor to recommend eye drops or talk about changing your medications.
  • Coping with Dryness in mouth
    Keep a drink available that you can sip through the day. Rinse your mouth with warm salted water and chew sugarless gum or hard candy. Try breathing through your nose more often than your mouth. Avoid caffeinated beverages, smoking and alcohol because they can make your condition worse. Use lip balm if your lips are also dry. Try to avoid foods that are acidic (like lemons), spicy, salty or sugary. If this side effect bothers you or does not go away, talk to your doctor about artificial saliva products or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Difficulty in urination
    Relax when you try to pee. Don't try to force the flow of urine. If it doesn't happen, try again later. Limit drinks that increase urination such as coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages. Continue to drink plenty of water each day. Gentle massage and hot compression on your lower abdomen can help relax your muscles and may improve your urine flow. Doing exercises that strengthen the bladder muscles such as pelvic exercise will be of help. Distract your attention by thinking about something else. Avoid alcohol and smoking because both can aggravate the condition. Talk to your doctor urgently if you can not pee at all.
  • Coping with Constipation
    Try to eat foods which are high in fiber such as fresh fruits, vegetables and cereals to increase the bulk and consistency of bowel movements. Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic drinks and stay hydrated to promote healthy digestion. Increasing physical activities such as walking, yoga and regular exercise can also be helpful. If your condition does not improve, you can ask your doctor to prescribe you laxative medicine.

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

How Pranil Forte Tablet works

Pranil Forte Tablet is a tricyclic antidepressant. It increases the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that help in regulating the mood and treat depression.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Pranil Forte Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Pranil Forte 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
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Pranil Forte 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
Pranil Forte Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
As Pranil Forte Tablet may impair your alertness or cause drowsiness or blurred vision, and this may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Pranil Forte Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Pranil Forte Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Pranil Forte Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Pranil Forte Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of liver function tests is recommended while you are taking this medicine.

What if you forget to take Pranil Forte Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Pranil Forte 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.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • Pranil Forte Tablet is used for the treatment of depression and bedwetting in children.
  • The main dose should be taken at night as this medicine may produce drowsiness or sleepiness.
  • You may be asked for regular blood tests to monitor the blood cell count or level of sodium and sugar in the blood.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice behavioral changes, mood changes and suicidal thoughts while taking this medicine. 
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Dibenzazepines Derivative
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Pranil Forte with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Lizolan, Lidoford, Mapzolide
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Trima, Rimarex, Morex
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Moxicheck, Moxonex, Unsym
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient Concerns

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beplex forte tablet is nonvejiteriyan
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
I don't know
Bed wetting every night help pl Any medicine for bed wetting
Dr. Gopal Samdani
Paediatrics
There are many underlying causes of your symptoms. Specific treatment can not be given unless we establish exact underlying cause. Please consult Pediatrician. will take detail history and will examine your child in detail. At time may ask you relevant investigations if necessary. All information will be used to determine exact underlying cause of problem. Depending upon cause will prescribe you treatment.
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FAQs

Q. What is Pranil Forte used for?

Pranil Forte is mainly used to treat depression. It is also used to treat bed wetting in children older than 6 years of age. It works by restoring the chemical imbalance in the brain, thereby enhancing mood and behavior.

Q. What are the side effects of Pranil Forte?

Pranil Forte may cause side effects like increased heart rate, blurred vision, dryness in mouth, difficulty in urination, constipation and orthostatic hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure on standing). Consult your doctor if these side effects do not go away or worry you.

Q. Can I just stop taking Pranil Forte?

No, you must not stop taking Pranil Forte suddenly even if you are feeling good as it may worsen your condition. Continue taking Pranil Forte for the duration prescribed by your doctor to get maximum benefit. If any of the side effects are bothering you, consult your doctor. In case you have completed your course of treatment, your doctor will reduce your dose gradually before taking you off this medicine completely.

Q. Can a pregnant woman take Pranil Forte?

No, pregnant women should avoid taking Pranil Forte, unless recommended by the doctor. Studies have shown significant risks to the developing baby and it is given only if the benefits are clearly more than the risks involved. Taking this medicine during the last trimester of the pregnancy may cause symptoms such as breathing problems, weakness, irritability, changes in blood pressure, tremors, and spasms in the newborn. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Q. Does Pranil Forte make you sleepy?

Yes, Pranil Forte may make you feel sleepy. Therefore, it is advised that you should not drive, use any heavy machinery or do any work that requires concentration while taking Pranil Forte. Also, refrain from taking alcohol if you are being treated with Pranil Forte as it will increase your drowsiness.

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