Everything You Need to Know About Lexotanil in Pakistan

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What is Lexotanil?

Lexotanil is an antidepressant and anxiolytic medication that is primarily indicated in patients suffering from conditions such as anxiety, tension, and insomnia. It is manufactured by Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals (Pak) Ltd and is readily available across Pakistan.

Lexotanil Uses

Lexotanil is a tranquilizer. Its usage is common for the treatment of anxiety. It works by affecting the levels of neurotransmitters- chemicals that serve a role in communication in the brain.

Lexotanil works by facilitating and enhancing the binding of GABA- an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain to its receptors. Therefore, it slows down the hyperactivity of the brain. Lexotanil is also used in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Seizures and status epilepticus
  • Management of alcohol withdrawal reactions
  • Sedation for surgeries
  • Short-term treatment of severe, disabling, or distressing anxiety
  • Short-term treatment of severe, disabling, or distressing insomnia (difficulty in falling asleep)

Chemical Composition of Lexotanil

The main chemical composition of Lexotanil is bromazepam.

Alternate Brands of Lexotanil

Alternate brands of Lexotanil are:

  • Relaxin
  • SamBro
  • Sakoon

Lexotanil Tablet Classification

Lexotanil is bromazepam, a compound that belongs to benzodiazepines. It works by slowing down the hyperactivity of the brain, hence helps in the treatment of anxiety and epilepsy.

Available Forms of Lexotanil

Lexotanil is available in tablet form.

Available Dosage Strengths of Lexotanil

The available dosage strengths of Lexotanil are 3mg and 6mg.

What Are the Contraindications and Precautions for Lexotanil?

Hypersensitivity or Allergy

If you have had an allergic reaction with Lexotanil or with any other benzodiazepine-like diazepam or alprazolam, do not take it. Doing that may cause an allergic reaction that can be fatal.

Respiratory Impairment

If you have any respiratory problems, you should not take Lexotanil as it can worsen the condition.

Neuromuscular Disease

If you have any neuromuscular disease like myasthenia gravis, do not take Lexotanil as it can worsen the condition.

Liver Failure

If your liver functioning is compromised, or you have liver failure, do not take Lexotanil, as it may cause hepatic encephalopathy- a disease of the liver that affects the brain and its functioning.

Elderly

Older people should take Lexotanil with caution, or in lower doses as they are more susceptible to its adverse effects.

Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, do not take Lexotanil. When you take it, your mind and body relax, due to which muscles of your throat also get relaxed. Those relaxed muscles eventually worsen sleep apnea by obstructing the respiratory tract.

Abrupt Withdrawal

Do not stop taking Lexotanil abruptly as doing that can cause adverse effects. Your body can become dependent on it if you have been taking it for a long time.

Therefore, abrupt withdrawal may show adverse effects. Generally, your healthcare provider would prescribe it for a short time due to its habit-forming tendency. If you want to stop taking it, decrease the dose slowly, and leave it gradually.

Narrow-Angle Glaucoma

Bromazepam may increase the pressure inside your eye, which can worsen narrow-angle glaucoma. Therefore, do not take it if you have glaucoma as it can cause a vision-threatening condition.

How to Use Lexotanil?

You can take Lexotanil on an empty stomach, 30 to 60 minutes before having food. Swallow it whole with water. Do not chew or crush the tablet.

Dosage of Lexotanil for Sleep

The dose of Lexotanil in adults ranges from 6mg to 18mg, given in divided doses.

Lexotanil Side Effects

Generally, people can tolerate Lexotanil well. But it may show side effects like:

  • Fatigue
  • Double vision
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced alertness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Numbness of emotions

Storage Conditions

  • Keep the product out of the reach and sight of children
  • Store it below 25° centigrade
  • Do not use it after the mentioned expiry date

Interactions

Lexotanil may interact with the following drugs and substances. A drug interaction does not mean that you stop taking the medicine on your own. But you must tell your healthcare provider about it.

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Amiodarone
  • Diltiazem
  • Macrolides
  • Fluconazole
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Cimetidine
  • Grape fruit

Lexotanil 3mg Price in Pakistan

The price of Lexotanil 3mg in Pakistan in the year 2022 is Rs. 7.23/tablet. Lexotanil 3mg is sold in a pack of 30 tablets for Rs. 255.34 in Pakistan.

Do You Need a Prescription to Purchase Lexotanil?

For buying Lexotanil 3mg and 6mg, you will require the latest prescription from your doctor. Old prescriptions may not work. Also, the pharmacist would dispense it in a limited amount.

Do not take Lexotanil by yourself unless indicated by an internal medicine specialist or doctor. Follow the prescribed dosage and consult your doctor at once if you experience any side effects.

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