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Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet: Uses, Side Effects, Composition & Dosages

Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet is an anti-epileptic and anti-convulsant medicine which is used to cure conditions like panic disorders, seizure disorders, epilepsy and absence infantile spasms. It belongs to a group of drug known as benzodiazepines. It contains clonazepam as its primary component. Clonazepam helps in slowing down and calming the nerves in the brain and the central nervous system. Rivotril is manufactured by Abott Health.

Uses & Benefits of Rivotril:

  • It is actively used to address and cure epilepsy in infants, children and adults
  • It is also recommended to patients who are suffering from panic disorders.
  • It is prescribed to patients who suffer from acute and chronic seizure disorders.
  • It is also prescribed for absence of infantile spasms.
  • It is used to treat status epilepticus. Status epilepticus is a condition which results in continuous fits or seizures without any recovery between attacks.
  • It is used to cure patients who are suffering from anxiety disorders.
  • It is also prescribed for patients who have sleep disorders.

Side effects of Rivotril:

Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet is known to cause acute depression in a number of patients. Blurred vision is also a very common symptom after consuming Rivotril. In certain patients, it can induce sleepiness. A few patients have also noted muscle pain as a side effect of the medicine.

The usage of this medicine can also cause uncontrolled body movements in certain patients. It can also induce upper respiratory tract infection in certain patients. It can also result in reduced intellectual abilities in some people. A few people have also experienced feelings of nervousness.

In certain people, it can induce allergies. Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet can also result in muscle weakness. It can also cause unusual watering of the mouth in certain patients. It can also trigger dizziness and drowsiness. It is also known to have caused dull headaches and hair loss in select patients. It can also induce constipation. It can also induce anorexia and diarrhea.

Common Dosage of Rivotril:

The dose and the duration are usually advised by the doctor. The patient should make this decision in consultation with a physician who would advise the required dosage depending on the condition Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet is supposed to address. It is advised that the dose is taken on time to ensure the effectiveness of the tablet. The standard dose of the tablet should not be exceeding 1.5 mg per day in 3 doses . This helps to reduce side effects and the concerned physician will slowly increase the dosage until seizures are controlled. Rivotril may be taken with food or on an empty stomach.

Composition and Nature of Rivotril:

Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet has Clonazepam (0.5mg) as its active ingredient. The strength of these ingredients may vary in different variations of the same syrup. The non-medicinal components include cornstarch, iron oxide yellow, iron oxide red, lactose, potato starch, magnesium stearate, and talc. It is free from Gluten, paraben, sodium, sulfite, and tartrazine.

How Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet Works?

Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet function by improving the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter. This results in a gradual decrease in the activity of the nerves present in the brain which stops seizures and panic.

Precautions and Warning - When to avoid Rivotril?

Before using Rivotril syrups the patient should ideally consult a physician who can cross-check it with the medications they are already using.  This also includes over the counter products such as vitamins or herbal supplements. They must also consult the doctor about whether using Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet can cause problems with regards to pre-existing allergies and diseases.

It is not advised for patients who consume alcoholic beverages on a regular basis. Patients taking this medicine should also monitor their respiratory function.  In case a patient shows symptoms listed in the side effects section, they must consult a doctor as soon as possible. It is recommended that a patient completes the full course of this medicine.

The tablet is not recommended for patients who have chances of it interfering with cognitive and motor performance. In the case of patients who suffer from acute or narrow angle glaucoma, a physician’s advice is recommended. Rivotril can also possibly have an adverse effect on patients suffering from liver diseases. Patients with sleep apnea should also avoid this medicine.

Substitutes for Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet:

Some of the known substitutes of Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet are:

  • Ozepam 0.5 MG Tablet manufactured by Ipca Laboratories Pvt Ltd.
  • Epizam 0.5 MG Tablet manufactured by Cipla Ltd
  • Filin 0.5 MG Tablet manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Zapiz 0.5 MG Tablet manufactured by Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Clovas 0.5 MG Tablet manufactured by Theo Pharma Pvt. Ltd

Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet Interactions:

Rivotril can interfere with other antianxiety agents and anti-convulsant drugs.  It can interact with the following medicines:Barbiturates andButyrophenone classes of antipsychotic agents. Along with these, it has severe conflicts with the following drugs:Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, Narcotics, Nonbarbiturate hypnotics, Phenothiazines and Thioxanthene

FAQs

1) How long does it take for the effects of Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet to show?

Ans: It varies from patient to patient. However, patients usually experience relief within the same day to months. The duration of the course should be determined in consultation with a doctor.

2) What should be the ideal frequency of consuming Rivotril?

Ans: The standard frequency is thrice a day or twice a day. Again physician’s advice on the same is recommended.

3) Can Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet be detrimental to safe driving?

Ans: Yes patients are advised to use caution while driving post Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet consumption since the medicine can induce drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension and causes headaches.

4) Is the tablet habit-forming or addictive?

Ans: Addictive medicines are classified under schedule H or X in India by the government. The patient should check the packaging of the tablet to know whether it belongs to the government list of controlled substances.

5) What happens if a patient overdoses on Rivotril 0.5 MG Tablet?

Ans: It is recommended that the patient contacts a doctor immediately. Consuming more than a recommended dosage might cause an aggravation of side effects rather than curing the symptoms.

6) What happens if a patient misses a dose of Rivotril?

Ans: It is advised that the doses are taken exactly when they are supposed to be taken to ensure that the medicine works effectively. However, in case of a missed dose, the patient must wait for the next dose instead of resorting to taking a double dose.

Last updated on : 26-09-2019

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