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What is Epalrestat used for?

Epalrestat is used to prevent or delay the progression of diabetic neuropathy. Epalrestat belongs to a class of drugs called aldose reductase inhibitors. This medicine helps improve the neuropathy symptoms in people with diabetes. Epalrestat also improves the associated symptoms of diabetes.

Epalrestat may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Epalrestat?

The dosage of Epalrestat prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Epalrestat?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Epalrestat medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Epalrestat?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Epalrestat, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Epalrestat?

There are no known interactions between Epalrestat and other medicines. However, it is important to inform your doctor about the use of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Epalrestat) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Epalrestat?

Like other medicines, Epalrestat can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Epalrestat are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Epalrestat cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Epalrestat develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Epalrestat may cause side effects such as stomach upset, nausea or skin rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Epalrestat.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Epalrestat?

Is it possible for me to take Epalrestat with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Epalrestat?
What are the possible drug interactions of Epalrestat?
How will Epalrestat work in my body?
How should Epalrestat be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Epalrestat drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Epalrestat is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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