What does Kriadex use for?
Kriadex is an anticonvulsant, anti-epileptic, anxiolytic, sedative, and muscle relaxant used in the treatment of conditions such as absences, myoclonus, seizures, and epilepsy.
Kriadex 2mg: Dosage
The initial dosage for adult patients should be no more than 1 mg per day. In subsequent treatment, the maintenance dosage is usually 4 to 8 mg.
For the elderly, who are particularly sensitive to the effects of central depressants, the initial dosage should not exceed 0.5 mg/day because the medication may cause confusion.
For children: Due to the presence of ethanol, this product is not indicated for use in pediatrics.
How to take Kriadex 2 mg?
The dosage of the drug is indicated in general terms. In each case, the required dose is established by the doctor, based on the patient's medical history. The daily dose should be divided into 4 doses at equal intervals throughout the day.
If necessary, the doctor may prescribe a daily dosage of up to 20 mg per day. Such a dosage may be taken 2-4 weeks after the start of treatment.
In the initial stages of treatment, it is recommended to prescribe the minimum dosage. The dose may be increased gradually until a maintenance dose suitable for the individual patient is found.
The dosage of Kriadex 2 mg should be adapted to the needs of each individual and depends on the individual response to therapy. The maintenance dose should be determined according to clinical response and tolerability.
Simultaneous administration of more than one antiepileptic drug is standard practice in the treatment of epilepsy and can be done with Kriadex.
Before adding a new drug to Kriadex 2mg, it is important to note that the use of several similar drugs may result in an adverse reaction in the body.
Contraindications to taking Kriadex
If you have pulmonary insufficiency and impaired liver or kidney function, the drug should be taken with extreme caution. The drug should also be taken with caution in elderly and weakened patients. The dosage should be reduced in such cases.
Kriadex 2mg (and other dosages), like other antiepileptic medicines, cannot be abruptly withdrawn. The medicine dosage should be gradually reduced to avoid side effects and an adverse reaction of the body to the withdrawal of the medicine.
In this case, the intake of Kriadex should be combined with another drug of similar action. Prolonged use of a drug from the group of benzodiazepines may cause dependence with withdrawal symptoms if the drug is abruptly stopped.
For patients who have spinal or cerebellar ataxia, severe liver damage, or acute intoxication (alcohol or drugs), the drug should be used with special caution.
Kriadex 2 mg should not be taken simultaneously with alcohol, narcotics, and agents that depress the activity of the nervous system. The medicine should be prescribed especially cautiously to those patients who use drugs and alcoholic beverages.
Addiction while taking Kriadex
The use of the drug can lead to the development of physical and psychological dependence on these drugs. The appearance of dependence may increase with increasing the dosage of the drug. Also, overdose occurs more often in patients who use alcohol and drugs in large quantities.
Withdrawal symptoms can include the following:
- trembling of the extremities;
- increased sweating;
- muscle pain;
- increased irritability;
- tension and anxiety.
Side effects of taking the drug
- Immune system disorders. Allergic reactions and very rare cases of anaphylaxis and angioedema have been reported when using the drug.
- Endocrine disorders. Individual cases of reversible development of premature secondary sexual characteristics in young patients (precocious puberty) are known.
- Disorders of the psyche. Concentration disorders, anxiety, confusion, and disorientation are possible. Patients who take the drug may note the appearance of depression, and the cause may be the underlying disease, rather than taking the drug.
- Paradoxical reactions: increased agitation, aggression, anxiety, nervousness, hostility, anxiety, sleep disorders, nightmares, vivid dreams and psychotic disorders. In such a case, the ratio of the benefits of taking the drug to the harms caused by the side effects should be evaluated.
- Nervous system disorders. Drowsiness, slowed reaction time, hypotension, dizziness, fatigue, and muscle weakness. These undesirable effects are relatively common and usually transient. They go away spontaneously with continuation of treatment or reduction of the dose.
- Rarely, headaches have been observed. In some forms of epilepsy, seizures may become more frequent with prolonged treatment.
- Eye diseases. Reversible visual disturbances (diplopia) may occur, especially with long-term treatment or high-dose treatment.
- Gastrointestinal disorders. In rare cases, the following effects have been reported: nausea, gastrointestinal and epigastric symptoms.
- Very rarely, urinary tract and renal side effects in the form of urinary incontinence have been reported.
- The urinary glands and reproductive system. Side effects such as libido (loss of libido) and impotence are rare.
As with other benzodiazepine medications, an overdose of the drug does not cause excessive treatment problems and is not life-threatening.