Q. What is Piplar Drop used for?
Piplar Drop is prescribed to control seizures or fits. Piplar Drop belongs to barbiturate group of medicines. In exceptional circumstances, it is also used to treat seizures that sometimes accompany a high fever in children.
Q. What if I forget to take Piplar Drop?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for the next dose, skip the forgotten dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
Q. Can Piplar Drop cause addiction?
Yes, Piplar Drop may cause addiction in patients with a history of alcoholism and drug abuse if they take it for a prolonged time. Therefore, Piplar Drop should be avoided in such patients.
Q. What are the long-term side effects of Piplar Drop?
Long-term use of phenobarbital can lead to changes in the soft tissues of the body. Symptoms include pain in the joints or thickening in areas such as the palm or the bottom of the foot. If you notice any changes of this kind, tell the doctor.
Q. Can I stop taking Piplar Drop once my seizures get controlled?
No, you should not stop taking Piplar Drop without consulting your doctor. Sudden withdrawal can cause sleeplessness, anxiety, tremor, dizziness, feeling sick, fits and delirium. The dose of Piplar Drop should be reduced gradually.
Q. What will happen if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose of Piplar Drop?
Swallowing more than the recommended doses may cause drowsiness, speech problems, jerky movements, jerky eye movements, loss of inhibition, reduced reflex response, low body temperature, low blood pressure and breathing problems. Contact your nearest hospital emergency services or your doctor immediately.
Q. What are the effects of Piplar Drop in children?
Piplar Drop is useful in treating many kinds of seizures in children. It is often considered as the first choice to treat certain kinds of seizures in newborns. The child taking Piplar Drop treatment may develop problems with behavior and learning. Side effects are much more likely to be troublesome if high doses are given or if too high a dose is given at the beginning of the treatment. It may be necessary to increase the dose very slowly over several months.
Q. Can I take folic acid with Piplar Drop?
Piplar Drop causes folic acid deficiency which is responsible for certain types of anemia (megaloblastic anemia) in some patients. But if you take folic acid, then it may decrease the levels of Piplar Drop in your body. This may lead to seizures. Therefore, folic acid should be avoided.
Q. For how long do I need to take Piplar Drop?
You should take Piplar Drop for the duration advised by your doctor. This drug has a habit-forming effect, therefore, its long-term use is not recommended.
Q. Are there any tests available which check the levels of Piplar Drop in the blood?
Yes, laboratory tests are available. If you feel excessively sleepy and experience tremor or balance issues or double vision, inform your doctor and get the levels checked.
Q. Can Piplar Drop cause withdrawal symptoms?
Yes, suddenly stopping Piplar Drop can cause withdrawal symptoms which include sleeplessness, anxiety, tremor, dizziness, nausea, fits, and delirium.