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Vivax 10mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Vivax 10mg Tablet is used in the treatment of depression. It is also used to treat and prevent chronic nerve-related (neuropathic) pain, migraine, tension-type headache and nighttime bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) by older children (6 years and above) at different doses.

Vivax 10mg Tablet is known as a tricyclic antidepressant. It is normally taken before bedtime because it can make you feel sleepy. It can be taken with or without food. The dose and how often you need to take it will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to control your symptoms. It may be increased gradually. This medicine may not work straight away and it could be several weeks before you get the full effects.

How long you need to use it depends on what you are taking it for, but it is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not suddenly stop taking it without consulting your doctor as it may make your condition worse. 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, constipation, dizziness, feeling thirsty or tired, dry mouth and difficulty urinating. It may also make you aggressive or confused and can lead to weight gain in some people. Most of the common side effects tend to be mild. 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. This medicine is not addictive, but you can get extra side effects (withdrawal symptoms) if you stop taking it suddenly.

Side effects of Vivax Tablet

Common
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
  • Sleepiness
  • Weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Tremor

How to use Vivax 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. Vivax 10mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Vivax Tablet works

Vivax 10mg Tablet is a tricyclic antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that help in regulating mood and treat depression. It also stops the movement of pain signals from nerves to the brain thereby relieving neuropathic pain (pain from damaged nerves).

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Vivax 10mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Vivax 10mg 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
Vivax 10mg 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
Vivax 10mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Vivax 10mg Tablet may impair your alertness which may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Vivax 10mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Vivax 10mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Vivax 10mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Vivax 10mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Vivax 10mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you forget to take Vivax Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Vivax 10mg 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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Quick Tips

  • It may take 4 to 6 weeks for Vivax 10mg Tablet to start working. Keep taking it as prescribed.
  • It may cause sleepiness. Take it at bedtime and do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Vivax 10mg Tablet as it may cause excessive sleepiness.
  • Monitor your weight during the treatment as this medicine can cause weight gain and increased appetite.
  • It may cause sudden drop in your blood pressure. Rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Vivax 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
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Brand(s): Trima, Rimarex, Morex
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Brand(s): Moxicheck, Moxonex, Unsym
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Patient Concerns

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My physician had prescribed vivax 10 mg tablets to be taken one daily for migraine. But its unclear in the prescription about the duration of the course. How long will I have to take the tablets?
Dr. Sunil Sekhri
Diabetes Specialist
it is given for 6 months and then tapered slowly
I am suffering frm sleeping prblmm please help me am taking vivax nd cholrine
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatrist
Any medicine taken without continuous supervision and follow up with your psychiatrist can cause addiction and/or side effects. Sleep problems are often caused by underlying physical and/ or psychological cause. This requires examination of the patient so that proper treatment can be initiated. Often stress/ anxiety/ depression or mood disorder needs to be dealt with and sleeping pills are not adequate treatment. Please go through the link below for further understanding- http://drjyotikapoor.com/2015/01/26/sleep-disorders/
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FAQs

Q. Is there anything I need to be careful about while on therapy with Vivax?

Vivax may cause drowsiness and dizziness, especially in the beginning of the treatment. Do not drive or work with tools or machinery if your alertness is affected. It is not advisable to drink alcohol during treatment with this medicine as it might increase sleepiness.

Q. Can the use of Vivax affect my sex life?

Yes, Vivax can affect sex life in both men and women. It may cause decreased sexual desire or you may experience discomfort during intercourse. Men may experience inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity and may be unable to have an orgasm. If you notice these symptoms, do not stop taking the medicine but consult your doctor.

Q. I have been taking Vivax for depression since a week and now I feel that my life has come to end and sometimes I want to harm myself. What should I do? Is it because of the medicine?

You should immediately consult your doctor or go to the hospital. Your suicidal tendencies may have increased because of the medicine or because of your disease. This is more common in people who previously had suicidal tendencies or are young adults (less than 25 years old). Vivax takes about 2 weeks to show its effect but may take longer, however, it may differ from individual to individual. Therefore, when you start taking Vivax, you may have thoughts about killing or harming yourself.

Q. Can Vivax cause urinary problems?

Yes, Vivax can cause urinary problems. It is more commonly seen in elderly patients who are more than 65 years old. The patient may develop urinary tract infection or may complain of weakness. You should consult your doctor if you develop these symptoms.

Q. If my pain is not relieved, can I take more than the recommended dose?

No, Vivax should be strictly used only as prescribed by the doctor. If the dose exceeds, you may develop drowsiness, confusion, difficulty in speech, dry mouth, tiredness, difficulty in walking, fever, difficulty in breathing, blue discoloration of the skin and decreased heartbeat. Your pain may not be relieved because Vivax takes about 2 weeks to show its effect, but may take longer. The time differs from individual to individual. Consult your doctor if your symptoms are not relieved.

Q. Does Vivax cause any effect on pregnancy or the newborn?

Do not take Vivax during pregnancy unless recommended by the doctor. If you take this medicine during the last trimester of the pregnancy, the newborn may develop symptoms such as irritability, rigidity, irregular body movements, irregular breathing, poor drinking, loud crying, difficulty in urinating and constipation.

Q. I have been prescribed Vivax for pain. When will I start feeling better?

You may start feeling better after 2 weeks of starting Vivax. However, it may take 4-6 weeks to see full benefits of the medicine.

Q. Can I stop taking Vivax when my pain is relieved?

No, do not stop taking Vivax even if the pain is relieved. Take Vivax as per your doctor’s advice. Stopping the medicine suddenly may cause unpleasant symptoms like headache, feeling unwell, sleeplessness and irritability. Consult your doctor for duration of the treatment since the dose of Vivax needs to be reduced gradually.

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