Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is used as an antidepressant and for generalized anxiety disorders like panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorders.

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S contains Escitalopram as an active ingredient

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is commonly prescribed to patients aged 18 years and above 

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is to be taken orally  in doses as prescribed by the doctor (once usually) and must not be stopped abruptly to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Drug Category: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

 

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Type

Tablet

Feature

10mg

Unit

'S

Formula

Escitalopram

Composition

Escitalopram 10 mg

Brand

Genetics Pharma

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

About

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S was created to help people suffering from anxiety,depression and similar mental health ailments by increasing the levels of serotonin in the body of patient’s who are unable to produce adequate levels of serotonin themselves.Serotonin is one of the four ‘happiness drugs’ produced naturally by the body.

A tablet per day is commonly prescribed to patients to be ingested either with or without food preferably at the morning time so that Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S does not interfere with a patient’s sleep.The dosage of Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is dependent upon the patient’s age,medical condition,patient’s response to the drug,any medications patient might be having along with Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S and any adverse effects felt by the patient.It is recommended that patients ingest Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S at the same time each day and put an alarm as a reminder if need be.

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is not prescribed to patients under the age of 18 years nor is it recommended to expecting and lactating women.A lower dosage of the drug may be prescribed to elderly patients with other illnesses (such as kidney and liver impairment).The intake of alcohol is prohibited while undergoing treatment with Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S as it may cause dizziness.If patient is having other prescription drugs along with Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S it is imperative that they inform their doctor before taking Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S as drugs such as blood thinners,MAO inhibitors and NSAID are said to interact with Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S negatively.

Nausea,dry mouth,headache and increased amount of sweating are just a few of the common side effects felt by patients while ingesting Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S,these effects tend to resolve on their own in a few days’ time.Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S may also cause slight weight gain and a decrease in the libido.

It may take up to 2-3 weeks to reap the entire benefits of the drug therefore,It is advised to not stop treatment abruptly once the patient feels better (usually after a few days) without consulting a doctor.If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule as that may lead to serious adverse effects.

Indications

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S can be used to treat:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Panic disorder

How Does Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S Work

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is from a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI).These drugs work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the body.Serotonin is a natural neurotransmitter found in the human body and is responsible of a person’s wellbeing and happiness.Without adequate levels of serotonin,patients suffer from anxiety,depression and sleep disturbances.

How To Use Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S 

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is advised to be ingested orally (by mouth) in the morning hours (so as to not interfere with the patient’s sleep) either with or without food.Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S’s dosage may differ for each patient as the treatment regime for each patient depends upon their weight,stage of illness,each patient’s response to Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S,any medications patient might be taking along with Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S and any pre-existing medical condition a patient might have along with any history of mental illness in the family.Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is not prescribed to patients under the age of 18 years nor is it prescribed to expecting,lactating mothers nor to women who are planning to start a family.

Dosage

A tablet a day is prescribed most commonly.Depending on the the patient’s response to the treatment,the dosage may be altered after a period of two weeks,it may either be increased to 2 tablets per day or the dosage may be lowered depending on the the adverse effects felt by the patient and change in levels of serotonin brought by Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S.

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is not advised to be given to children under the age of 18 years.For Elderly patients a tablet per day is prescribed,although a lower dose may be advised in patients with other medical conditions such as mild to moderate kidney failure.

Pregnancy And Lactation

This drug is not to be taken or prescribed to expecting and lactating mothers as it may have fatal consequences for the unborn child.If you are taking the drug and become pregnant,inform your doctor immediately.Small amounts of this drug can be transferred to the child through breast milk and therefore cause low blood pressure in the child thus this Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S isn’t recommended to lactating mothers.If you are planning to conceive and are taking Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S as treatment, then refer to the doctor.The physician is likely to change your medicine and dosage.

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S:

  • Allergy to Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S or any other medicine or food substance 
  • Pregnancy
  • History of sucide in the family or other mental health disorders
  • Seizures
  • Heart disease
  • Pediatric patients
  • Mania

Precations 

Please tell your doctor about any of the following conditions before using Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S

  • Alcohol intake
  • Elderly patients
  • Mild to moderate renal (kidney) impairment
  • Mild to moderate hepatic (liver) impairment
  • Poor metabolizers of CYP2C19
  • Diabetes

Interactions With Other Medications

Please tell your doctor about the use of the following before using Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S:

  • Blood thinners (such as warfarin)
  • NSAID 
  • MAO inhibitors
  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • AntiHistamines
  • Opioid pain relievers
  • Heart medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Other drugs prescribed for anxiety or sleep disorders
  • Diuretics 

Aadverse Effects

Common Adverse Effects

Like most medicines,Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S has certain side effects which include:

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Increased amount of sweating
  • Headache

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S.

Rare Adverse Effects

  • Decreased libido
  • Bruising easily
  • Black tarry stool
  • Fainting spells
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Visual disturbances
  • Eye pain
  • Seizures
  • Serotonin syndrome

If any of the following adverse effects are seen or felt,the patient is advised to immediately contact their doctor.

How To Cope With Some Of The Adverse Effects

  • Feeling dizzy (lightheaded) or weak -If the medication makes you feel dizzy or weak, stop what you’re doing and sit or lie down until you feel better and do not rise too fast or immediately from a sitting or lying down position to a standing posture. Do not drive or use tools or machinery in case of any of these effects.
  • Headaches- In which case make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid the use of alcohol. Take a prescribed painkiller. Consult your doctor if the headaches last longer than a week or are severe.
  • Feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) or diarrhoea -Avoid eating rich or spicy food. It might help to take medication after food. If you’re being sick, try drinking small, frequent sips of water. If you have diarrhoea, replenish with plenty of water or other fluids. 
  • Dry Mouth- Can be helped by sipping water throughout the day,chewing sugarless gum and using alcohol free mouthwash.

Key Facts About Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S

  • Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is prescribed to patients suffering from anxiety and depression
  • Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is not prescribed to pregnant or lactating women
  • Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S may cause common symptoms such as dry mouth,stomach problems and dizziness
  • A tablet of Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is prescribed per day
  • Alcohol intake is not recommended while undergoing treatment with {{Product}}

FAQS

#1.WHAT IF I TAKE TOO MUCH OF Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S?

In case of too much consumption by accident, kindly contact your doctor or nearby hospital straight away. The amount of medication that can result in severe side effects varies from person to person. An overdose results in slowing down of heart rate and difficulty breathing accompanied by dizziness and fainting spells.

#2.HOW IS Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN?

{{product} is to be ingested orally once daily or as per doctor’s prescription.Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is to be taken either with or without food,preferably with water to ease the tablet’s passage to the patient’s throat.

#3.HOW DOES Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S WORK?

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is from a class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI).These drugs work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the body.Serotonin is a natural neurotransmitter found in the human body and is responsible of a person’s wellbeing and happiness.Without adequate levels of serotonin,patients suffer from anxiety,depression and sleep disturbances.

#4.WILL Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S AFFECT MY SEXUAL ACTIVITY?

Yes,unfortunately one of the adverse effects of Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is a decrease in libido.This and other adverse effects will disappear as treatment with Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S ends.

#5.CAN I TAKE Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S DURING MY PREGNANCY?

No.Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S has been known to cause harm to the fetus and cause complications during pregnancy.Hence, it is advised to consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or may think you are pregnant.Small amounts of this drug can be transferred to the child through breast milk and therefore cause low blood pressure in the child thus Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S isn’t recommended to lactating mothers.If you are planning to conceive and are taking Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S as treatment, then refer to the doctor.The physician is likely to change your medicine and dosage.

#6.HOW TO STORE Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S?

Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S is to be kept away from the reach of children,in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to ruin certain drugs.

#7.DOES Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S CAUSE ADDICTION?

 Yes,in a few patients, Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S may cause physiological dependence.

#8.CAN I CONSUME ALCOHOL WITH Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S?

Alcohol is known to  cause extreme dizziness. It is best to avoid the intake of alcohol during the course of your treatment as Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S causes dizziness aswell.

#9.WHAT IF I FORGET TO TAKE THE Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S?

It is advised that the drug is taken at the same time each day,an alarm can be placed to remind patients to take Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S at the proper time.If patient misses a dose of Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S,they should take it immediately but if the time for the next dose of the drug is near then its beneficial for patients to skip the missed dose and take the tablets as per schedule,doubling of doses has proven to cause severe side effects.

#10.CAN Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S INTERFERE WITH FERTILITY?

There isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S interferes with female fertility;on the other hand there have been a few studies that suggest that Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S may interfere with sperm quality.

#11.CAN I DRIVE AFTER TAKING THIS MEDICATION?

This medication is known to make you dizzy hence, if that happens kindly avoid driving or operating any heavy machinery.

#12.WHAT ARE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S?

Like most medicines,Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S has certain side effects which include:

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Increased amount of sweating
  • Headache

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Prolexa 10mg Tablet 10 ‘S.