Risgalin belongs to anticonvulsants class of medicines. It is used to treat seizures. It is also helpful in treating nerve pain (neuropathic pain) which could be due to diabetes, shingles, or injury. It is also used in fibromyalgia (a long-lasting condition that may cause pain, muscle stiffness and tenderness, tiredness, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep).
Q. Risgalin has varied roles, does it work in the same way for each disease?
No, Risgalin works in different ways for different diseases. In epilepsy, it stops seizures by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. In nerve pain, it blocks pain messages travelling from brain to spine.
Q. I have been prescribed Risgalin for pain due to shingles. When can I expect relief from pain?
For Risgalin to work, the medicine requires time. It may require a few weeks to see full benefits. However, people have felt relief from pain after a week of starting Risgalin.
Q. How long do I need to take Risgalin?
Duration for the use of Risgalin depends on the condition for which you are taking this medicine. If you are taking it for epilepsy, which if controlled by Risgalin, you may have to continue it for years. If you are taking it for pain, it is likely that once your symptoms have gone you will have to continue taking it for several months to ensure stopping the problem from coming back.
Q. Is it necessary to continue taking Risgalin even if I feel fine?
Even if you feel fine, you should not stop Risgalin. If you are taking it for epilepsy and suddenly stop its consumption, you may have seizures that will not stop. If you are taking it for any other reason you may experience anxiety, difficulty in sleeping, feeling sick, pain, and sweating. These can be prevented if dose of Risgalin is reduced gradually.
Q. Is Risgalin addictive?
Addiction to Risgalin is more common in people who take it for unauthorized reasons. Taking more than the recommended doses and taking it for long periods of time may also cause addiction. In addition to that, any person who has a history of drug abuse should never use Risgalin. In case you feel you are becoming physically dependent on Risgalin, inform your doctor immediately.
Q. Can I take diazepam and Risgalin together?
Yes, Risgalin and diazepam can be used together but there might be a chance of increased side effects, since both act on the brain to depress excessive activity.
Q. Can Risgalin and gabapentin be taken together for fibromyalgia?
Yes, they can be used together but chances of side effects may be higher with their combined use.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 16th Oct 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.