Aloram

Aloram. Drug and Patient Information. Dosage. Overdose. Generic or Brand Aloram. For Professionals and Consumers.

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Brand name: Aloram

Generic name: this calming agent

 this calming agent

Why are Aloram anxiety pills prescribed?

Aloram is a tranquilizer used in the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety or the treatment of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorder is marked by unrealistic worry or excessive fears and concerns. Anxiety associated with depression is also responsive to Aloram.

Aloram and the extended-release formulation, Aloram XR, are also used in the treatment of panic disorder, which appears as unexpected panic attacks and may be accompanied by a fear of open or public places called agoraphobia. Only your doctor can diagnose panic disorder and best advise you about treatment.

Some doctors prescribe Aloram to treat alcohol withdrawal, fear of open spaces and strangers, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual syndrome.

Most important fact about Aloram

Tolerance and dependence can occur with the use of Aloram. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using the drug or reduce the dosage too quickly. Withdrawal symptoms are listed under “What side effects may occur?” The drug dosage should be gradually reduced and only your doctor should advise you on how to discontinue or change your dose.

How should you take Aloram

Aloram may be taken with or without food. Take it exactly as prescribed. Do not chew, crush, or break the Aloram XR pills.

If you miss a dose of Aloram

If you are less than 1 hour late, take it as soon as you remember. Otherwise skip the dose and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.

Storage instructions for Aloram

Store Aloram at room temperature.

Why should Aloram anxiety pills not be prescribed?

If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Aloram or other tranquilizers, you should not take Aloram. Also avoid Aloram while taking the antifungal drugs Sporanox or Nizoral. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.

Do not take Aloram if you have been diagnosed with the eye condition called narrow-angle glaucoma.

Anxiety or tension related to everyday stress usually does not require treatment with Aloram. Discuss your symptoms thoroughly with your doctor.

Special warnings about Aloram

Aloram may cause you to become drowsy or less alert; therefore, driving or operating dangerous machinery or participating in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness is not recommended.

If you are being treated for panic disorder, you may need to take a higher dose of Aloram than for anxiety alone. High doses more than 4 milligrams a day of Aloram taken for long intervals may cause emotional and physical dependence. It is important that your doctor supervise you carefully when you are using this medication.

As with all anti anxiety medication, there is a small chance that Aloram could encourage suicidal thoughts or episodes of euphoria known as mania. If you notice any new or unusual symptoms after starting Aloram, call your doctor immediately.

Side effects of Aloram anxiety pills may include:

Decreased libido, drowsiness, fatigue, impaired coordination, memory impairment, speech difficulties, weight changes

Side effects of Aloram XR anxiety pills may include:

Constipation, decreased libido, depression, drowsiness, fatigue, impaired coordination, memory problems, mental impairment, nausea, sedation, sleepiness, speech difficulties, weight changes.

Side effects due to a rapid decrease in dose or abrupt withdrawal from Aloram or Aloram XR:

Anxiety, blurred vision, decreased concentration, decreased mental clarity, depression, diarrhea, headache, heightened awareness of noise or bright lights, hot flushes, impaired sense of smell, insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of reality, muscle cramps, nervousness, rapid breathing, seizures, tingling sensation, tremor, twitching, weight loss

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Aloram

this anxiety treatment may intensify the effect of alcohol. Do not drink alcohol while taking Aloram.
Never combine Aloram with Sporanox or Nizoral. These drugs cause a buildup of Aloram in the body.

If Aloram is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered.

It is important to check with your doctor before combining Aloram with the following:

Amiodarone (Cordarone)
Antihistamines such as Benadryl and Tavist
Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
Certain antibiotics such as Biaxin and erythromycin
Certain antidepressant drugs, including Elavil, Norpramin, and Tofranil
Cimetidine (Tagamet)
Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Diltiazem (Cardizem)
Disulfiram (Antabuse)
Ergotamine
Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Fluvoxamine
Grapefruit juice
Isoniazid (Rifamate)
Major tranquilizers such as Mellaril and chlorpromazine
Nefazodone
Nicardipine (Cardene)
Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
Oral contraceptives
Other central nervous system depressants such as this sedative and Demerol
Paroxetine (Paxil)
Propoxyphene (Darvon)
Sertraline (Zoloft)

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding when taking Aloram

Do not take Aloram if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There is an increased risk of respiratory problems and muscular weakness in your baby. Infants may also experience withdrawal symptoms. Aloram may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Aloramis finished.

Recommended dosages of Aloram

ADULTS

Anxiety disorder

The usual starting dose of Aloram is 0.25 to 0.5 milligram taken 3 times a day. The dose may be increased every 3 to 4 days to a maximum daily dose of 4 milligrams, divided into smaller doses.

Panic disorder

The usual starting dose of regular Aloram is 0.5 milligram 3 times a day. This dose can be increased by 1 milligram a day every 3 or 4 days. You may be given a dose from 1 up to a total of 10 milligrams, according to your needs. The typical dose is 5 to 6 milligrams a day.

If you’re taking Aloram XR, the usual starting dose is 0.5 to 1 milligram once a day taken in the morning. Depending on your response, the dose may be gradually increased by no more than 1 milligram every 3 or 4 days. The usual effective dose is 3 to 6 milligrams a day. Some people may need a larger dose to relieve their symptoms. Others, including older adults and those with liver disease or other serious illnesses, may need to use lower doses.

CHILDREN

Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children under 18 years of age.

OLDER ADULTS

The usual starting dose for an anxiety disorder is 0.25 milligram, 2 or 3 times daily. The starting dose of Aloram XR is 0.5 milligrams once a day. This dose may be gradually increased if needed and tolerated.

PATIENTS SWITCHING FROM Aloram TO Aloram XR

If you’re taking divided doses of Aloram, the doctor will switch you to a once-daily dose of Aloram XR that equals the current amount you’re taking. If your symptoms return after switching, the dose can be increased as needed.

Overdosage with Aloram

An overdose of Aloram, alone or after combining it with alcohol, can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose of Aloram, seek medical attention immediately.

Symptoms of Aloram anxiety pills overdose may include:

Confusion, coma, impaired coordination, sleepiness, slowed reaction time.