Q. Does Safelan 0.5mg Tablet have abuse potential?
Yes, there are several reports mentioning the abuse potential of Safelan 0.5mg Tablet. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients prone to drug abuse.
Q. What are the advantages of Safelan 0.5mg Tablet over other benzodiazepines (BZDs)?
As compared to other benzodiazepines, Safelan 0.5mg Tablet has lesser sedative effects, lower dependence, and lower tolerance. However, long-term use can reduce the effectivity of the medicine and may cause dependence and addiction.
Q. What happens if you stop taking Safelan 0.5mg Tablet suddenly?
Stopping Safelan 0.5mg Tablet suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms which may include anxiety, insomnia, headache, dizziness, ringing sound in ear (tinnitus), eating disorder (anorexia), vomiting, nausea, tremor, weakness, excessive sweating (perspiration), irritability, hypersensitivity to visual and auditory stimuli. Stopping the medicine suddenly may also cause palpitations, fast heart rate and postural hypotension (drop in blood pressure on standing). In severe and rare cases of withdrawal from high doses, patients may develop seizures, mental disorder (psychosis), agitation, confusion, and hallucinations.
Q. How long does Safelan 0.5mg Tablet take to work?
Oral doses of Safelan 0.5mg Tablet begin working within 30-60 minutes and peak at 3-4 hours. The medicine remains in the body for 6-8 hours although higher doses can last longer.
Q. Is Safelan 0.5mg Tablet a muscle relaxant?
Yes, like benzodiazepines, it causes muscle relaxation, but otherwise it is mainly used for anxiety.
Q. Is Safelan 0.5mg Tablet good for sleep?
Like other benzodiazepines, it causes sleepiness but is mainly used for anxiety disorder. It increases total sleep time and decreases the proportion of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, wherein your eyes move quickly in different directions. Safelan 0.5mg Tablet had no effect on sleep latency (amount of time it takes you to go from being fully awake to being asleep).
Q. Is Safelan 0.5mg Tablet an antidepressant?
No, Safelan 0.5mg Tablet is not an antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder with depressive symptoms. But, it may affect patient's mood.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 5th Mar 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.