Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Rivotril Tablet

Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of epilepsy and anxiety disorder.

Rivotril Tablet side effects

Common
  • Memory impairment
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Uncoordinated body movements

How to use Rivotril 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. Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Rivotril Tablet works

Rivotril 0.5 mg 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.

Rivotril Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Driving
Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet can cause excessive sleepiness in patients with end stage kidney disease.
Liver
Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Rivotril Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Rivotril 0.5 mg 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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Expert Advice

  • If you are taking Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety, it should not be used more than 4 weeks.
  • It may become less effective over the time.
  • It causes sleepiness or drowsiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of Rivotril 0.5 mg Tablet is very high.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Rivotril with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Ulcevin, Altirab, Rabsure
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Brand(s): Stoin
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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Rivotril

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I m taking pegabid 150 od ,nexito 10,rivotril0.5 bd,aten d od , I suffer from depression ,panic disorder with agoraphobia, I'm noticing blurring of vision of late . I'm on these meds for nine yrs. What should I do,?
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Please see an ophthalmologist for refractory error evaluation and IOP calculation. Rivotril 0.5mg should not be used regularly for so long.
My father and who is of 68 years old is having depression for the last 10 years or so We been treating this for the last 10 years Once in a year he gets this depression and he totally gets isolated from the society not even gets out of the house This may last for may be two to three months for which he really struggles a lot I would like to take a second opinion on this Medicines he is having now are envas2. 5, Mirtaz 7.5,valence od 250mg and rivotril
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Depression is a persistent state of sadness that is the result of interaction between one's inner biological and psychological state and gets triggered of with environmental stressors. Reactive depression is in response to a situation like loss, sickness, trauma etc. Endogenous depression occurs without any noticeable environmental stressors. Psychological symptoms include lack of interest, negative thinking, irritability, frustration, feeling demotivated etc. Somatic symptoms like fatigue/ weakness/ lack of sleep/ lack of appetite and other physical symptoms are common. Anxiety is common. In severe cases one may feel helpless and hopeless enough to wish for death or attempt suicide. Treatment includes physical and psychiatric work up following which medicines can be prescribed. In milder cases, psychotherapy or counselling is recommended. Depressive disorder can recur as it is an endogenous vulnerability. RDD doesn't mean that the first episode wasn't treated, it simply means that medicines are needed for longer.
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FAQs

Q. Can I take Rivotril while taking a dietary supplement?
It depends on what kind of dietary supplement it is. Normally absorption of Rivotril is not affected by food and other vitamins. Consult your doctor before you start taking the medication.
Q. Which medication is best, alprazolam or Rivotril?
Both are equally effective as suggested in different research studies.
Q. What is the difference between clotiazepam and Rivotril?
Clotiazepam is a benzodiazepine which has anxiolytic, sedative and antiepileptic property. It differs from other benzodiazepines (Rivotril) in that the benzene ring is replaced by thiophene ring. Clinical use of clotiazepam is relatively low.
Q. Which medication is best, lorazepam or Rivotril?
Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.
Q. Which medication is best, diazepam or Rivotril?
Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.
Q. Can Rivotril affect my sex drive?
There are few reports but it is not so common. Rivotril does not affect the sexual drive in all the patients.
Q. Is Rivotril a narcotic?
No. Rivotril is not a narcotic. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.
Q. Is Rivotril muscle relaxant?
Rivotril is approved for the treatment of anxiety, alcohol withdrawal and epilepsy. Some research studies have shown it has got muscle relaxant properties.
Q. Can I take vitamin B along with Rivotril?
There is no known major interaction found with vitamin B when taken with Rivotril.
Q. Can I take vitamin C along with Rivotril?
There is no known major interaction found with vitamin C when taken with Rivotril.
Q. Can I take Rivotril while I am on hepatitis C treatment?
The treatment of hepatitis C includes many drugs and the side effects depends on which drug you are prescribed.
Q. Can Rivotril cause euphoria?
No. Rivotril does not cause euphoria. It causes sleepiness, dizziness etc.
Q. Can Rivotril get you high?
Rivotril does not make you feel high.
Q. Can Rivotril be replaced with paroxetine?
No. both are different medication. Rivotril is an antianxiety, anticonvulsant drug whereas Paroxetine is an antidepressant medication
Q. Can Rivotril cause rash?
Rivotril is not commonly known to cause a rash but hypersensitive individuals can develop a rash.
Q. Is Rivotril the best choice for restless legs syndrome?
There are other treatment modalities for restless leg syndrome but among these benzodiazepine class of drug Rivotril is most studied drug. It is not approved for restless leg syndrome but used off label.
Q. How is bupropion different than Rivotril?
Bupropion is in the treatment of depression and for smoking cessation. Rivotril is an anti-seizure and anti-anxiety medicine.
Q. Can I take Rivotril along with zolpidem?
No. You should avoid taking these two medications together. They both induce sleep and taking them together can lead to increased sleepiness, decreased concentration, ataxia and abnormal co-ordination.
Q. Which medication is better, Rivotril or clobazam?
Clobazam causes less sedation as compared to Rivotril as seen in few research studies.In few studies, clobazam showed a good retention when given for a longer period whereas Rivotril needs a dose escalation.
Q. Can I take Rivotril along with fluoxetine?
You should avoid taking these two drugs together as they increase side effects like sleepiness, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.
Q. Can I take Rivotril while I am also taking antibiotics?
It depends on which antibiotics you are on treatment. Consult your doctor before starting these medications.
Q. Can I take Rivotril along with escitalopram?
You should avoid taking these two drugs together as they increase side effects like sleepiness, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.
Q. Which medication is better, Rivotril or nitrazepam?
Both are equally effective as shown in the research studies.
Q. Can I take Rivotril along with paracetamol?
Yes. You can take prescribed doses of paracetamol with Rivotril. Inform your doctor if you have any allergy or liver problems before starting these medications.
Q. Which is stronger Rivotril or oxazepam?
We could not find any direct studies comparing Rivotril with oxazepam. However, oxazepam is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine with a slow onset of action.
Q. Which medication is better Rivotril or etizolam?
Etizolam is a short acting drug and its structure is a bit different from the benzodiazepines class of drugs. Both are used in inducing sleep and relieving anxiety however it depends.
Q. When does Rivotril expire?
The expiry date of Rivotril is given on the tablet strip and provided by the manufacturer.
Q. How does Rivotril affect the brain?
Rivotril works by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Q. Can I take Rivotril along with coffee?
Yes. There are no major interactions known between coffee and Rivotril.
Q. What is the difference between Rivotril and zopiclone?
Rivotril is an anti-siezure, antianxiety medication. Zopiclone is a sedating drug from different class and it is only used for inducing sleep
Q. What is the difference between Rivotril and olanzapine?
Rivotril is an anti-seizure, antianxiety medication. Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication.
Q. Can Rivotril cause low blood pressure?
Rivotril is not known to cause low blood pressure commonly. It can cause palpitation in some patients.
Q. Can I use Rivotril for sciatica?
No. Rivotril is not a known medication for sciatica. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication.
Q. Can tremors be treated with Rivotril?
Rivotril is not an approved drugs for treatment of tremors. However, in some research studies, it has been shown Rivotril is effective
Q. Can I use Rivotril for nausea?
No. Rivotril is not a medication for nausea. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication.
Q. Can I use Rivotril for a headache?
No. Rivotril is not a medication for a headache. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication.
Q. Can I use Rivotril for vertigo?
No. Rivotril is not a medication for vertigo. It is an antiseizure, antianxiety medication. However, few studies have shown its effectiveness in vertigo.
Q. Can insomnia be treated with Rivotril?
Yes. Though Rivotril is not approved for treatment of insomnia. Rivotril is used off-label for the treatment of sleep disorders.
Q. Can I use Rivotril for depression?
No. Rivotril is not a medication for depression. It is an antiseizure and antianxiety medication. There are the different class of drugs for treating depression.
Q. Can I use Rivotril in pain management?
No. Rivotril is not a medication for management of pain disorders. It is an antiseizure and antianxiety medication. There are the different class of drugs for treating pain. Few studies have failed to prove the effectiveness of Rivotril in pain management.
Q. What is the good time to take Rivotril?
It is given mostly at night as it causes sedation.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 6th Sep 2018.
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