Q. For how long should I take Elival 200mg Tablet CR to cure my epilepsy completely?
Elival 200mg Tablet CR does not cure your condition, it only prevents the seizures from occurring. Therefore, you will have to keep on taking it, maybe for years. Consult your doctor if you face any problems while taking this medicine.
Q. What happens if I stop taking Elival 200mg Tablet CR?
You should not stop taking Elival 200mg Tablet CR suddenly. It should be discontinued gradually. Stopping it suddenly may increase the chances of recurrence of seizures. Always consult your doctor if you feel the need to stop taking this medicine.
Q. I have gained weight after I started using Elival 200mg Tablet CR. Is it because of this medicine? What should I do?
Yes, weight gain can occur with the use of Elival 200mg Tablet CR. To control your weight, you should have a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. Talk to your doctor if you have any other concerns.
Q. Does Elival 200mg Tablet CR affect the working of birth control pills?
Yes, Elival 200mg Tablet CR does not have any effect on the working of birth control pills. However, contraceptives (birth control pills) may interfere with the working of Elival 200mg Tablet CR and seizures may occur. It is important that you inform your doctor that you are using birth control pills. Your doctor will keep a track on your response to the treatment and monitor the Elival 200mg Tablet CR levels in your blood levels.
Q. Is it safe to take Elival 200mg Tablet CR for long term?
Many patients can safely take Elival 200mg Tablet CR for a long time. Rarely, long-term use of Elival 200mg Tablet CR may weaken your bones, thereby increasing their chances of breaking easily (osteoporosis and osteopenia). If you are taking Elival 200mg Tablet CR for a long time, get regular check ups done for bone health.
Q. I am concerned because I have heard that Elival 200mg Tablet CR causes hair loss. Is it true?
Elival 200mg Tablet CR may cause thinning of hair, change of hair colour and even hair loss. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor if it is possible to reduce the dose of Elival 200mg Tablet CR. Your hair may regrow after either reducing your dose or switching to a different medicine.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 7th Apr 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.