Niravam: Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Niravam is a tranquilizer prescribed primarily for short-term relief for
anxiety disorders, panic attack, depression as well as nervous tension and
premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Niravam is a benzodiazepine, which increases
the activity of nerve transmitters by blocking the action of higher brain
areas, which brings the calming effect on the patient. In some cases Niravam
is also used to treat alcohol withdrawal, fear of open spaces and
strangers, and irritable bowel syndrome.
NIRAVAM SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects of Niravam usually go away with continued usage. Common side
effects of Niravam may include upset stomach, agitation, abnormal
involuntary movement, allergies, anxiety, blurred vision, chest pain,
confusion, constipation, decreased or increased sex drive, depression,
diarrhea, difficult urination, dream abnormalities, drowsiness, dry mouth,
fainting, fatigue, fluid retention, headache, hyperventilation (too
frequent or too deep breathing), inability to fall asleep, increase or
decrease in appetite, increased or decreased salivation, impaired memory,
irritability, lack of or decreased coordination, light-headedness, low
blood pressure, menstrual problems, muscular twitching, nausea and
vomiting, nervousness, painful menstruation, palpitations, rapid
heartbeat, rash, restlessness, ringing in the ears, sedation, sexual
dysfunction, skin inflammation, speech difficulties, stiffness, stuffy
nose, sweating, tiredness, tremors, upper respiratory infections,
weakness, weight gain or loss.
Rare side effects of Niravam may include Abnormal muscle tone, arm or
leg pain, concentration difficulties, dizziness, double vision, fear,
hallucinations, hot flushes, inability to control urination or bowel
movements, infection, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, muscle
cramps, muscle spasm, rage, seizures, shortness of breath, sleep
disturbances, slurred speech, stimulation, talkativeness, taste
alterations, temporary memory loss, tingling or pins and needles,
uninhibited behavior, urine retention, weakness in muscle and bone, yellow
eyes and skin.
Withdrawal symptoms may occur if Niravam is stopped abruptly.
should be gradually reduced and only your physician should recommend you
on how to discontinue or alter your dose. Withdrawal symptoms include
abnormal skin sensations, blurred vision, decreased appetite, diarrhea,
distorted sense of smell, heightened senses, muscle cramps or twitching,
problems concentrating, weight loss, and rarely, seizures. It can be
avoided by gradually lowering the doses.
You should not take Niravam if you are sensitive to or have ever
had an allergic reaction to it or other tranquilizers.
Tell your physician
if you are taking antifungal drugs like Nizoral, have a history of
palpitation, tachycardia, serious mental illness, kidney, liver, or lung
Do not take Niravam if you have been diagnosed with
Niravam may cause you to become drowsy. Avoid
driving or operating dangerous machinery or equipment.
Prolong use of Niravam may cause psychological and physical
Niravam should not be taken for more than 8 weeks unless
otherwise advised by your physician.
As with all antianxiety drugs, there is likelihood that Niravam may
encourage suicidal thoughts. If you notice any new or unusual symptoms
after starting Niravam, contact your physician right away.
Niravam may intensify the effects of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while
Possible drug interaction with Niravam with may include the
Antibiotics such as Biaxin and erythromycin
drugs, including Elavil, Norpramin, and Tofranil
central nervous system depressants such as Valium and
Tranquilizers such as Mellaril and Thorazine
Herbs like Catnip, hops and Kava.
NIRAVAM AND PREGNANCY
Do not take Niravam if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
There is an increased risk of birth defects.
Niravam may appear in breast milk. If taking Niravam is necessary for your
health, bottle-feed the infant.
ADULTS Anxiety disorder
Starting dose of Niravam is 0.25
to 0.5 mg 3 times a day. Maximum daily dose 4mg.
Starting dose of Niravam is 0.5 mg, 3
times a day. Maximum is 10 mg.
Niravam is not recommended for children under 18 years
Starting dose anxiety disorder is 0.25 mg, 2 or 3 times
Symptoms of Niravam overdose may include confusion, coma, impaired
coordination, sleepiness, slowed reaction time. An overdose of Niravam can
be fatal especially if combined with alcohol.