Etamsylate

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Pronunciation: Et-am-sill-ate

What is it

Etamsylate is an effective hemostatic medicine used to manage blood loss in menorrhagia as we well as after surgery.

Brand names with manufacturer

Indian Brands:

  • M Stat (500mg)
  • Ribon (250mg)
  • Easyclot (500mg)
  • Noblos Forte (500+250+250)

International:

  • Alstat
  • Etamsylatum
  • Hémoced
  • Wincynon

Type:

This is a prescription drug that should be taken only under the advice of an expert medical practitioner.

Uses

Main

  • The drug helps in the prophylaxis and control of blood loss from small blood vessels as it comes under the class of anti-hemorrhage medication.
  • It helps control abnormal menstrual bleeding in women
  • The drug is used to treat women with heavy menstrual periods or those who suffer from excessive bleeding due to an intrauterine contraceptive device

Other

The drug is also prescribed to treat capillary hemorrhages due to hematuria and hemoptysis. It also helps in rebalancing the platelet adhesion.

Etamsylate inhibits the biosynthesis and action of the prostaglandins that can lead to platelet disaggregation, vasodilation and increase in the permeability of the capillary.

What should I know before taking this drug

How to take it

The right dose of Etamyslate depends on the individual condition. The severity, overall health condition and the medical history are taken into consideration before prescribing a dose.

The specific information related to Etamyslate is given in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes along with the medicine or on the medicine label. You can even ask for information from your doctor or pharmacist.

The medicine is to be taken by mouth with or without food. It even comes in the form of an injection, that is administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

Adverse reactions/side effects

Some of the possible side effects of Etamyslate include:

  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure

When not to take the medicine

Patients with hypersensitivity or suffer from porphyria  or fibroids should avoid the drug. The medicine comes under Pregnancy category B. Controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to show any risk to the fetus in any trimester. Besides, the drug is given to women with menstrual bleeding problems, so its effect on pregnancy do not come into question.

Nursing mothers should avoid use of Etamylate while breastfeeding.

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Precautions

One should exert caution when Etamsylate is prescribed to patients with a history of celiac disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What should I do if

  • I miss dose(s): Take the medicine immediately after you remember about it. If its time for the next dose, skip the one you have missed.
  • I take overdose: Never ever take an extra dose, as a single extra tablet can cause you problems. If you do take an extra dose, contact your doctor immediately as the side effects can be quite complex and medical advice will be helpful in overcoming complications, if any.

What to discuss with the doctor/pharmacist

Drug interactions

Etamsylate has not shown any significant interactions with other medicines. However, if you feel any unusual symptoms when taking Etamsylate, call your doctor immediately. Any other complementary preparations and vitamins can also interact with Etamsylate, although no significant interaction has been noted as yet. However, it is better to inform your doctor beforehand about any extra medications or pills you are taking.

Dosage form

Doses

  • In case of adults PO- Menorrhagia, the dose recommended is 500 mg 4 times a day when menstruating.
  • In case one has to control bleeding after surgery, the dose recommended is 250-500 mg every 4 to 6 hours as required.
  • Prevention and treatment of periventricular hemorrhage in low-birth weight neonates includes 12.5 mg/kg IM/IV injection given every 4 to 6 hours.

Storage

Etamsylate should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct heat and light. Keep away from children.


Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: June 08, 2015