Olkem 40 H Tablet
Olkem-40 H Tablet is a diuretic drug often used for the treatment of high blood pressure and swelling due to fluid build up in the body. It prevents your body from absorbing too much salt by causing you to urinate more frequently, which can cause fluid retention.
It is prescribed to people with congestive heart failure, kidney disorders, cirrhosis of the liver or oedema caused by taking oestrogen or steroids. You may need to take special precautions before taking this medicine if you have a kidney or liver disease, gout, glaucoma, a parathyroid gland disorder, diabetes or an allergy to sulpha drugs or penicillin.
Olkem-40 H Tablet is usually recommended to be taken once per day. You may also be advised to take frequent medical tests and blood pressure checks during the treatment to keep a track of your progress.
This medicine can cause a few unwanted effects in rare cases which include eye pain, vision problems, jaundice, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, shortness of breath, cough with foamy mucus, wheezing, chest pain, signs of electrolyte imbalance, severe skin reaction.
This medication does not replace other antihypertensive recommendations (diet and lifestyle changes). Take as directed, with meals, early in the day to avoid nocturia. Avoid alcohol or OTC medication unless approved by prescriber.
Include bananas and/or orange juice in daily diet; do not take potassium supplements unless recommended by prescriber. May cause dizziness or postural hypotension (use caution when rising from sitting or lying position, when driving, climbing stairs, or engaging in tasks that require alertness until response to drug is known).
If diabetic, monitor serum glucose closely; this medication may increase serum glucose levels. Report persistent flu-like symptoms, chest pain, palpitations, muscle cramping, difficulty breathing, skin rash or itching, unusual bruising or easy bleeding, or excessive fatigue.
Symptoms of overdose include hypermotility, diuresis, lethargy, confusion, muscle weakness. Following GI decontamination, therapy is supportive with I.V. fluids, electrolytes, and I.V. pressors if needed.
Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Nephrologist before using this medicine.
The most common use of this medication is:
Diabetic Kidney Disease
Below are some of the common side effects of this medicine:
Are there any overdose instructions?
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
Are there any missed dose instructions?
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
This medication falls under the category of a diuretic which inhibits a sodium-chloride symporter SLC12A3 in the distal convoluted tubule to inhibit water reabsorption in the nephron. The symporter reabsorbs sodium and creates an osmotic gradient for water to be reabsorbed, inhibition of which prevents water reabsorption.