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Alpha Lipoic Acid(75 mg)

Uses

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is used to enhance effects of primary antidiabetic therapy (adjuvant therapy) in patients with diabetes as it lowers blood glucose by binding to insulin (a hormone that controls blood sugar level in the body) receptor in the body which leads to increase glucose utilization. Also, due to its antioxidant activity, ALA is used to treat nerve damage due to uncontrolled blood sugar level that causes pain, tingling, or numbness over hands and feet (diabetic neuropathy).  ALA is used as an antioxidant as an adjuvant treatment of HIV, cancer, liver ailments, and various other conditions.

How it works

Alpha lipoic acid acts as a potent antioxidant (substance that protects against cell damage) by neutralizing the free radicals (waste products formed in the body during energy production) such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Further, it initiates natural antioxidant processes in the body. It also maintains the levels of Vitamin E and Vitamin C in the body.

Common side effects

Allergic reactions, Abdominal pain, Vomiting, Urge to vomit, Loose motions, And sensation of spinning or rotation .

Folic Acid(750 mcg)

Uses

Folic acid is used for the treatment of: anemia due to folic acid deficiency caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food or increased requirement of folate in the body (as in pregnancy). For prevention of: folate deficiency caused by some medicines and folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis.

How it works

Folic acid is a component of the B group of vitamins and is necessary for the normal production and maturation of red blood cells.

Common side effects

Nausea, Allergic reaction ., Bitter taste in the mouth, Sleeping disturbances, Bloating, Depression, Loss of appetite

Mecobalamin(100 mg)

Uses

To treat low hemoglobin or red blood cells (pernicious and megaloblastic anemia), loss of sensation and pain in extremities (neuropathy). Also used as adjunct therapy in rare conditions that involves severe muscle tightness and decrease in muscle mass (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

How it works

Mecobalamin (active form of vitamin B12) assists important enzymes involved in energy production form fats and proteins and synthesis of haemoglobin. It is known to increase production and development of red blood cells by the bone marrow. It assists enzyme methionine synthase which is involved in breakdown of homocysteine thereby reducing its level.

Common side effects

Nausea, Allergic reactions, Vomiting, Itching and other injection site related side effects may occur., Diarrhea, It is usually safe when taken orally. loss of appetite

Pregabalin(1.5 mg)

Uses

Pregabalin is used to treat fits (seizures), pain caused by damage to the nerves, and generalized anxiety disorders in adults.

How it works

Pregabalin belongs to group of medications called antiepileptics. It acts by modifying the release of certain substances released by the nerves in the brain (neurotransmitters) to restrict the transfer of pain signals between nerves, thereby reducing pain caused by damage to the nerves, as well as symptoms of fits (seizures).

Common side effects

Common: dry mouth, Change in mood, And headache., Anxiety, Difficulty in concentrating, And weakness, Constipation, And tiredness, Loss of balance, Difficulty in remembering, Common: dizziness, And vomiting., Lack of coordination or jerky movements, Muscle twitching, Common: nausea, Uncontrollable shaking of a body part, Speech problems, Confusion, Bloating and gas

Pyridoxine(1.5 mg)

Uses

Pyridoxine is used to treat low levels or deficiency of vitamin B6 in the body, treat nerve damage (peripheral neuritis) caused by isoniazid (an anti-tuberculosis drug), urge to vomit (nausea) and vomiting in pregnancy, and abnormal blood cells produced by bone marrow (idiopathic sideroblastic anemia). It is used for the growth and development of the brain, nerves, skin, and other parts of the body.

How it works

Pyridoxine is vitamin B6, required for the proper usage of nutrients and production of energy in the body.

Common side effects

Usually in hands and feet., Long term administration of large doses is associated with dysfunction of nerves resulting in numbness and pain

SUBSTITUTES

No substitutes found

Expert advice

  • Food decreases the amount of alpha lipoic acid in the body; hence it should be taken on empty stomach about 1 hour before or 2 hours after consuming food.
  • Do not take alpha lipoic acid supplements on your own and as a sole treatment for diabetes, complications of diabetes and other conditions in which benefit may be claimed, as these diseases require proper medical treatment.

Frequently asked questions

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Q. Is alpha lipoic acid a vitamin?
No, alpha lipoic acid is not a vitamin.

Q. Is alpha lipoic acid an amino acid?
No, alpha lipoic acid is not an amino acid.

Q. Is alpha lipoic acid natural?
Yes, alpha lipoic acid is natural as it is synthesized in the human body, and in a wide variety of foods from plant and animal sources 

Q. Is alpha lipoic acid same as lipoic acid?
Yes, lipoic acid and alpha lipoic acid refer to the same molecule.

Q. Is alpha lipoic acid good for weight loss?
It is not yet studied or established in human beings whether ALA supplementation is beneficial for weigh loss.

Q. Is alpha lipoic acid good for liver?
It is not yet studied or established in human beings whether ALA supplementation is good for liver.

Folic Acid

Q. Does folic acid contain iron? Can I take folic acid with iron supplement?
Folic acid is a component of the B group of vitamins. It does not contain iron and can be taken with iron supplement.

Q. Does vitamin D have folic acid?
Folic acid is a component of the B group of vitamins and it does not have Vitamin D.

Q. Is folic acid good for everyone/skin/health/polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)/hair loss/anemia?
Everyone needs folic acid for good health. It is good for skin, hair, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and anemia. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the use of folic acid.

Q. Is folic acid necessary before pregnancy? Can I take folic acid without being pregnant?
Folic acid is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food or when requirements of folic acid are markedly increased during pregnancy and deficiency can lead to neural tube defects in babies (spina bifida). In addition folic acid is also used for prevention of folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone used to treat epilepsy), folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the use of folic acid.

Q. Is Folvite safe during pregnancy?
Folvite is trade name for active drug folic acid. Folic acid is safe for use in pregnancy. However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.

Q. Can I take folic acid during period/ovulation/in-vitro fertilization (IVF)?
Folic acid has no known effect on periods and ovulation. It may be prescribed by your doctor during in-vitro fertilization, as it is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy.

Q. Can I take folic acid during breastfeeding/ lactation?
Folic Acid is excreted in the milk of lactating mothers; During lactation, folic acid requirements are markedly increased; however, amounts present in human milk are is adequate to fulfill infant requirements. Supplementation may be needed in low-birth-weight infants, in those who are breast-fed by mothers with folic acid deficiency or in those with infections of prolonged diarrhea.

Q. Does folic acid delay periods/increase chances of getting pregnant/conception?
Folic acid has no known effect on delaying periods or increasing chances of conception.

Q. What is Folvite/ Fol123/ Folvite MB tablet used for?
Folvite/ Fol123/ Folvite MB are the trade names for active drug folic acid. Folvite contains only folic acid which is a component of the B group of vitamins. While Fol123/ Folvite MB, in addition to folic acid also has other forms of vitamin B. Folic acid is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food, or when requirements of folic acid are markedly increased during pregnancy, and deficiency can lead to neural tube defects in babies (spina bifida). In addition folic acid is also used for prevention of folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone used to treat epilepsy), folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.

Q. How long can I take folic acid for? Can I take folic acid for a year?
Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration.

Q. Does folic acid have side effects increase weight/acidity?
Folic acid may have rare side effect like acidity, while it has no known effect on weight gain.

Q. Can I take folic acid with milk?
Folic acid has no known interactions with milk.

Q. Can I take folic acid with birth control?
Folic acid supplementation does not affect birth control, and can be taken if you are suffering from anemia due to folic acid deficiency However, always follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.

Q. Can I take folic acid with Clomid (clomiphene-a non-steroidal fertility medicine)?
Folic acid can be taken with Clomid. As it is usually indicated in the treatment of megaloblastic anemia of pregnancy caused by poor diet, poor absorption of food, or when requirements of folic acid are markedly increased during pregnancy, and where deficiency can cause neural tube defects in babies (spina bifida). In addition folic acid is also used for prevention of folate deficiency caused by some medicines (e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital and primidone used to treat epilepsy); folate deficiency caused by long-term red blood cell damage or kidney dialysis However, patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding the dose and duration of use of folic acid.

Q. Can I take folic acid with methotrexate/warfarin/calcium/metformin/antibiotics?
Folic acid may interact with medicines such as methotrexate/sulfonamide antibiotics (sulfasalazine, cotrimoxazole etc). It has no known effect if taken with warfarin/calcium/ metformin.

Q. Can I take folic acid with multivitamin/pregnacare (vitamin supplement)/prenatal vitamins (Prenatal vitamins are vitamin and mineral supplements intended to be taken before and during pregnancy and during postnatal lactation)?
Folic acid can be taken with multivitamin/pregnacare/prenatal vitamins.

Pregabalin

Q. Is pregabalin a painkiller/antipsychotic/ SSRI/ NSAID/ benzo?
No. Pregabalin is ant-epileptic and specifically used to treat fits (seizures), pain caused by damage to the nerves, and generalized anxiety disorders in adults. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
 
Q. Is pregabalin/ Lyrica addictive?
No. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and duration.
 
Q. Is pregabalin/ Lyrica a steroid/ opiate/ narcotic?
No. Pregabalin is used to relieve neuropathic pain (pain from damaged nerves) that can occur in your arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, or toes and also used to treat fits (seizure).
 
Q. Is pregabalin/ Lyrica safe?
Pregabalin/ Lyrica is safe at the prescribed dose by the doctor. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
 
Q. Is Lyrica available in India?
Yes, it is available in India. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
 
Q. Is Lyrica and gabapentin the same?
Lyrica contains the drug pregabalin which is different from gabapentin. However, both come under category of antiepileptics.
 
Q. Is pregabalin controlled?
Yes, it is controlled drug.
 
Q. What is Pregeb M 75/ Pregeb M OD 75?
These are the brand names of drug pregabalin.
 
Q. How long can I take pregabalin for?
Pregabalin should be taken at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
 
Q. What can I take for Lyrica withdrawal?
In order to speed up the withdrawal process, it is recommended to engage in healthy activities such as: getting light exercise, socializing, and staying productive. Additionally it is recommended to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, and consider taking supplements that promote healing. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding this.
 
Q. Can I take pregabalin with paracetamol/ tramadol/ ibuprofen/ Co-codamol/ codeine/ diazepam / naproxen/ sertraline/ gabapentin/ amitryptiline/ Cymbalta/ Prozac/ Tylenol/ Soma/ Xanax/ Suboxone/ methadone/ zopiclone?
Taking other medicines may alter the effects of pregabalin. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
 
Q. Does pregabalin make you high/ tired?
No. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
 
Q. Does pregabalin cause headaches/ constipation/ nausea/ weight gain / hair loss/ high blood pressure/ changes in body weight loss?
Pregabalin causing these side effects are rare or uncommon. However, consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
 
Q. Does pregabalin help with OCD?
Pregabalin is being tried in anxiety and OCD and it is being found effective. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
 
Q. Can I take Lyrica for back pain, Sciatica, toothache, headache, arthritis, depression?
Lyrica is used to treat fits (seizures), pain caused by damage to the nerves, and generalized anxiety disorders in adults. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
 
Q. Does Lyrica work for fibromyalgia?
Yes. Your doctor may prescribe Lyrica for fibromyalgia.

Pyridoxine

Q. What is b long f tablet used for?

B long f tablet is a combination of pyridoxine and folic acid and used in vitamin B6 deficiency states.
Q. Is pyridoxine available over the counter?
Pyridoxine is commonly sold as a component of multivitamin tablet, which is available over the counter. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Does pyridoxine help during morning sickness?
Yes, pyridoxine is used to control morning sickness.
Q. Does pyridoxine cause weight gain?
Weight gain has not been seen with the treatment of pyridoxine.
Q. Does pyridoxine hydrochloride provide energy?
No, pyridoxine hydrochloride cannot provide energy. However, it is essential for conversion of food (sugars, fats and protiens) into energy.
Q. Does pyridoxine stop milk production?
Very high doses of pyridoxine may decrease the production of milk.
Q. Does pyridoxine help with premenstrual syndrome (PMS)?
Yes, pyridoxine can improve PMS symptoms but the lowest effective dose should be used. Please consult the doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Is pyridoxine/pyridoxine hydrochloride safe during pregnancy?
Yes, pyridoxine/ pyridoxine hydrochloride is safe when taken under the supervision of doctors.
Q. Is pyridoxine hydrochloride natural/ a naturally occurring ingredient/ synthetic?
Pyridoxine is synthetic.

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