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Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR

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Overview

Introduction

Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of short-term anxiety. It can also be used to treat acute alcohol withdrawal, to relieve muscle spasm and as adjunctive therapy for seizures. This medicine relaxes the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR 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. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly without talking to your doctor as it can cause withdrawal effects like depression and difficulty sleeping.

Side effects of this medicine include fatigue, confusion, tremor, double vision, insomnia, dry mouth, and headache. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.

This medicine may cause weight gain. But, a good balanced diet and regular exercise can help to reduce extra weight. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time then regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.

Uses of Tensyn Tablet SR

Side effects of Tensyn Tablet SR

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 Tensyn

  • Fatigue
  • Impaired coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness

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 Impaired coordination
    If you feel unsteady, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Try getting up very slowly from a sitting or lying position. If your condition does not improve, talk with your doctor about changing the dose or trying an alternative medicine.
  • 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 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.

How to use Tensyn Tablet SR

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. Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Tensyn Tablet SR works

Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR 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
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR 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
Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR can make you sleepy, forgetful, and have poor co-ordination. This may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Dose adjustment may be required if it is to be given for a long period
Liver
CAUTION
Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Tensyn Tablet SR?

If you miss a dose of Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR, 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

  • Tensyn 40mg Tablet SR helps treat short term anxiety.
  • Safety of this medicine is not established for long-term use. Do not use it for more than 4 weeks. 
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of this medicine is very high. Take it only as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor
  • 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.
  • 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.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Tensyn with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Abamune, A-Bec, Virol
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Brand(s): Adesera, Adheb, Adfovir
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Brand(s): Stozen, Sulpigold, Amisulide
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Brand(s): Triptam
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Patient Concerns

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Please let me know aboutepilepsy on face or mouth
Dr. Shubhra Chandan Pradhan
ENT
Epilepsy of face and mouth can be some form of brain disorder like tics, muscle spasm. There is nothing called epilepsy of face and mouthConsult a ENT specialist and neurologist
How can bells palsy is cured. Can person recover 100 facial muscle power. My Frnd is given steroids for treatment. Is it good for her?
Dr. Vikas Sharma
Neurology
Chance of recovery is reasonable Short term steroids are helpful
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FAQs

Q. Is Tensyn an antidepressant? What is it used for?

Tensyn is not an antidepressant and belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepine. It is used to treat severe anxiety (an emotional state where you may sweat, tremble, feel anxious and have a fast heartbeat) or agitation. It is also used to treat trembling, muscle spasm due to tetanus or poisoning, seizures or fits, confusional states or anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal. It also helps in relaxing patients before minor operations or procedures.

Q. How long does it take for Tensyn to start working?

It depends on what you are taking Tensyn for. If you are taking it to treat anxiety, you should start feeling better within a few hours, but it may take a week or two before the full benefits become evident. Similarly, if you are taking it to relieve muscle spasm you may notice a difference after 15 minutes. Your muscles will start relaxing when you keep taking Tensyn regularly for a few days.

Q. Does Tensyn cause sleepiness? If yes, then should I stop driving while taking Tensyn?

Yes, Tensyn causes drowsiness very commonly. It also causes forgetfulness and affects muscular function which may adversely affect your ability to drive. Sometimes, drowsiness persists even on the following day. So, in case Tensyn makes you sleepy and affects your alertness, you should avoid driving.

Q. Is it safe to take Tensyn and alcohol together?

No, it is not at all recommended to take alcohol with Tensyn since it can cause breathing problems, sleepiness and heart problems. Taking Tensyn with alcohol may make you sleepy and your breathing may become so shallow that you may not wake up. This may even lead to death.

Q. Is Tensyn addictive?

People taking Tensyn in high doses or for a long term may become addicted to it. Also, people with a history of alcoholism and drug abuse are more likely to become addicted to Tensyn. Therefore, Tensyn should be taken for the shortest possible time and in the lowest effective dose.

Q. Can I stop taking Tensyn if I start feeling better?

No, do not stop taking Tensyn suddenly as you may experience withdrawal effects like depression, nervousness, difficulty in sleeping, irritability, sweating, upset stomach or diarrhea. Stopping it suddenly may even bring back the symptoms and make them harder to treat. You may also experience mood changes, anxiety, restlessness and changes in sleep patterns. These effects may occur even after taking low doses for a short period of time.

Q. For how long should I take Tensyn?

The duration of treatment with Tensyn is mainly as short as possible. Your doctor will evaluate you after 4 weeks of treatment in order to assess the need of continuation of treatment, especially if you do not have any symptoms. In general, the treatment does not last any longer than 8-12 weeks which includes the gradual reduction of dose process.

Q. Does Tensyn have any effect on contraception?

Tensyn does not affect the functioning of any type of contraception including the birth control pills and emergency contraception. Birth control pills can keep Tensyn in your body for a long time and increase its effect. You can also experience bleeding in between your periods if you take Tensyn and birth control pills together. But your contraceptive method will still work.

Q. Is it safe to take clozapine and Tensyn together?

No, it is not recommended to take clozapine and Tensyn together because the effects of both medicines may get added together. This can result in severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems (respiratory depression) and can even stop your heart which can lead to death.

Q. Is Tensyn safe to be used in elderly patients?

The dose in elderly is generally half of the dose recommended to young people. This is because Tensyn causes muscle relaxation which can make the patient fall down, which may further lead to fractures.

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