What is Cavinton® used for?
Cavinton® is commonly used for the treatment of cognitive decline, stroke recovery, and epilepsy. There are limited clinical studies to support the use of vinpocetine for many potential uses.
How should I take Cavinton®?
Take Cavinton® exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to. Most clinical studies used vinpocetine 10 mg 3 times daily, orally or parenterally.
How do I store Cavinton®?
Cavinton® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Cavinton® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Cavinton® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Cavinton® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Cavinton®?
Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet from inside your pack. It will give you more information about the tablets and will provide you with a full list of the side-effects which you may experience from taking them.
To make sure you can safely take Cavinton®, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- The acute phase of hemorrhagic stroke;
- A severe form of coronary artery disease;
- Severe arrhythmias;
- Lactation (breastfeeding);
- Children up to age 18;
- Hypersensitivity to vinpocetine or other ingredients.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.
What side effects can occur from Cavinton®?
- Cardio-vascular system: ECG changes (depression ST, prolongation of the interval QT), tachycardia, arrhythmia (however, a causal relationship has not been proven as a natural population of these symptoms occur with the same frequency), the lability of blood pressure, feeling the tides.
- CNS: sleep disorders (insomnia, hypersomnia), dizziness, headache, general weakness (these symptoms may be manifestations of the underlying disease), increased sweating.
- From the digestive system: dry mouth, nausea, heartburn.
- Allergic reactions: skin rash, urticaria.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Cavinton®?
Cavinton® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects, such as heparin. Despite the lack of evidence supporting the possibility of interaction, caution is advised while appointing Cavinton® Forte with centrally acting agents, antiarrhythmic drugs, and anticoagulants.
To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Cavinton®?
Cavinton® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Cavinton®?
Cavinton® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Cavinton®.
What is the dose of Cavinton® for an adult?
The duration of treatment and dose are determined individually.
The average daily dose is 15–30 mg (5–10 mg 3 times/day). The initial daily dose is 15 mg. The maximum daily dose – 30 mg.
The therapeutic effect develops in about a week since the beginning of treatment. To achieve the full therapeutic effect requires three months.
Renal impairment and liver correct dosing regimen are not required, the lack of cumulation allows for longer courses of treatment.
What is the dose of Cavinton® for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information
How is Cavinton® available?
Cavinton® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Vinpocetine 5mg, 10mg.
- Vinpocetine 10ml/2ml.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Cavinton®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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