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Spectra 75mg Capsule


Overview

Introduction

Spectra 75mg Capsule is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used in the treatment of insomnia (difficulty in sleeping). It is also used in patients intolerant of or unresponsive to alternative (Other) treatment options for depression and anxiety disorders.

Spectra 75mg Capsule works by increasing the level of chemical messengers in the brain that stabilizes and enhances the mood. It is usually advised 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 will need to be gradually decreased when the doctor decides to stop it.

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 the blood pressure when you change positions, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. 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. 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 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 disease or 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 get extra 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 Spectra Capsule

Side effects of Spectra Capsule

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

How to use Spectra Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Spectra 75mg Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Spectra Capsule works

Spectra 75mg Capsule 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
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Spectra 75mg Capsule.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Spectra 75mg Capsule 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
Spectra 75mg Capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
The baby should be monitored carefully for excessive sleepiness, and adequate weight gain.
Driving
UNSAFE
Spectra 75mg Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Spectra 75mg Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Spectra 75mg Capsule is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Spectra 75mg Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Spectra 75mg Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Spectra Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Spectra 75mg Capsule, 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

  • Spectra 75mg Capsule helps in the treatment of insomnia, depression and anxiety.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice behavioral changes, mood changes and suicidal thoughts while taking this medicine. 
  • Inform your doctor if you notice loss of consciousness,  agitation, reduced breathing rate, convulsions, muscle rigidity, and mouth dryness.
  • You may be asked for regular blood tests to monitor the blood cell count or level of sodium and sugar in the blood.
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how drug affects you.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Spectra 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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Insomnia depression mood changes Took spectra 75 spectra 25 spectra 10 Now taking DOX 10
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
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. 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.
Alcoholic,chronic insomnia,depression,anxiety.
Dr. Anuneet Sabharwal
Psychiatry
You will need to be admitted in a psychiatry ward for detoxification and motivational enhancementDo not try to stop alcohol on your own as it is dangerous and not recommended
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FAQs

Q. Can I stop taking Spectra abruptly?

No, you should always check with your doctor before you stop taking Spectra. Stopping the medicine abruptly may cause withdrawal effects. So, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually before taking you off the medicine completely. This helps to prevent a recurrence of the symptoms of depression and also reduces the chances of withdrawal symptoms.

Q. Does Spectra cause withdrawal symptoms?

Yes, stopping the use of Spectra abruptly results in withdrawal symptoms which include insomnia (trouble falling asleep), irritability and excessive sweating. You should consult your doctor if you need to stop Spectra. You doctor may gradually reduce the dose of Spectra before taking you off Spectra completely.

Q. When must Spectra not be taken?

You should not take Spectra if you have ever had an allergic reaction to antidepressants medicine (Spectra), or any of the inactive ingredients of Spectra. Avoid taking Spectra if you have glaucoma (increased eye pressure), liver problems, any difficulty in passing urine, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take Spectra if you are taking or have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in the last two weeks or, suffer from mania (where you experience an abnormally elevated and excitable mood) or in children under 12 years of age.

Q. Can I drive while on Spectra treatment?

Taking Spectra may cause sleepiness, so you should avoid driving or working with machinery until the effect has worn off. Driving while taking Spectra may increase the risk of sleep-driving. This refers to the driving while not fully awake after taking a sleeping medicine that can lead to decreased awareness of the surroundings and cause accidents.

Q. What are the overdose symptoms of Spectra?

Overdose of Spectra can be mild or severe. Signs and symptoms of mild overdose include drowsiness, blurred vision and excessive dryness of the mouth. Severe overdose may cause loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, convulsions, low blood pressure, unusually fast heartbeat or palpitations. If you take too much of Spectra, contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help.

Q. How long does it take for Spectra to kick in?

It may take several weeks or longer for you to experience significant benefits of Spectra. Do not stop taking Spectra without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.

Q. Is Spectra a sleeping pill?

Spectra is also used for the treatment of insomnia (difficulty sleeping). It is especially helpful for people who have trouble staying asleep.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while on treatment with Spectra?

No, you should not drink alcohol while taking Spectra as alcohol can increase the sleepiness or dizziness that occur as side effects of Spectra.

Q. Is Spectra addictive?

Generally Spectra does not cause dependence and is therefore not addictive. But, you should not stop abruptly as it may cause temporary withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia (trouble falling asleep), irritability and excessive sweating.

Q. Can Spectra cause suicidal thoughts?

Yes, Spectra can cause suicidal thoughts. This is more common in people who have previously had thoughts about killing or harming themselves, are younger than 25 years of age with a history of psychiatric conditions and who have earlier been treated with an antidepressant. If you experience suicidal thoughts, contact your doctor or go to a hospital straight away. You may also find it helpful to talk to a relative or close friend.

Q. Does Spectra cause weight gain or loss of appetite?

Spectra may cause weight gain as well as loss of appetite, but it is not very common. Call your doctor if any of these bother you.

Q. What is the best time to take Spectra?

Spectra should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. Your dose will depend on the illness you are being treated with. If you are taking Spectra for insomnia, you should take it 30 minutes just before bedtime and you should not do anything that needs mental focus. If you are taking it for depression or anxiety, take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Remember to take this medicine at the same time each day to avoid missing doses.

Q. What are the side effects of Spectra?

The side effects of Spectra include increased heart rate, weight gain, dryness in mouth, orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), constipation and difficulty in urination. It may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, cause chills and excessive sweating. Please consult your doctor if any of these side effects worry you or do not go away.

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