About GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE belongs to a class of medication called ‘vasodilator’ (blood vessel relaxing agent) used to treat and prevent Raynaud’s phenomenon, cerebral vascular insufficiency (poor blood flow to the brain), arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and other conditions involving poor blood flow in the blood vessel (veins and arteries). Besides this, it also used for relaxing uterine muscle to prevent premature labour (when the uterus starts contracting for birth too early than usual).
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE contains Isoxsuprine, which acts by relaxing and widening thereby increasing the blood flow to the muscles and blocked nerves, thereby delaying contraction in premature labour pains, and poor blood flow to organs and rests part of the body.
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE should be taken regularly in dose and duration as advised by the doctor. It would be best to take it at a fixed time every day. Your doctor will advise you on the exact dosage and how often you have to take GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE based on your medical condition. You may experience chest pain (angina), irregular heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, and weakness in some cases. Most of these side effects of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects are persistent, reach out to your doctor.
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE should not be stopped abruptly without consulting the doctor as it may lead to unpleasant side-effects. Also, it is not suitable for some people. Inform your doctor before starting GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE if you have any bleeding disorder or heart problem. Do not do strenuous activities to avoid premature labour. GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE may cause sudden falls in blood pressure, so if you are driving or operating a motor vehicle or doing any hazardous task, avoid it. Do not stand sudden from a lying position as you may feel dizzy. Alcohol intake with GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE can also cause dizziness, so one should avoid its intake.
Uses of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE
Blocked blood vessels, Prevention of premature labour
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE contains Isoxsuprine, which is a vasodilator. It acts by relaxing and widening the blood vessels (artery/veins) and muscles (like uterine muscle) thereby relaxing them and increasing blood circulation to these parts. It is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise and work for the best results of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE. So, it is prescribed for the treatment of cerebrovascular insufficiency (poor blood flow to the brain), peripheral vascular disease (blocked veins of the leg), Buerger’s disease (blood clot in arm and legs) and Raynaud’s disease (numb and cold sensation due to blocked nerves of hand). It helps in the prevention of preterm labour in pregnant women.
Directions for Use
Side Effects of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE
Like other medicines, GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE also has some side effects. However, these side effects are temporary and resolve after some time. The most common side effects of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE are weakness, dizziness, flushing (feeling of warmth), upset stomach, vomiting, and stomach pain in some cases. Most of these side effects of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE do not require medical attention and gradually resolve over time. However, if the side effects are persistent, reach out to your doctor.
In-Depth Precautions and Warning
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE should not be given to the people allergic to GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE, have low blood pressure (less than 90 mm of Hg), have had a heart problem, bleeding problem. Tell your doctor that you are using GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE before undergoing any dental or other surgery. Your doctor might stop this medicine before the surgery. GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE should not be stopped abruptly without consulting the doctor as it may lead to unpleasant side-effects. Also, lifestyle changes should be continued with GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE for best results and a speedy recovery. GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE may cause dizziness, so if you are sitting, rise slowly to avoid falling and not driving or operating a car. Also, any strenuous exercise or work should be avoided to avoid delivery complications.
Drug-Drug Interaction: GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE interacts with some medicines, so it should be used with caution with antibiotics (erythromycin, clarithromycin or rifampicin), antifungal (ketoconazole), anti-hypertensive (diltiazem, lovastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin), anti-migraine (ergotamine, dihydroergotamine), sedatives or hypnotics (buspirone), certain antidepressants (fluoxetine and lithium), medicines to lower blood pressure (methyldopa), anti-Parkinson’s (levodopa, pramipexole, ropinirole), anti-epilepsy (phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampicin, primidone, oxcarbazepine, ethosuximide, valproate).
Drug-Food Interaction: Please tell your doctor about all the Vitamins, herbs, and supplements you are taking as GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE may interact with them to produce unpleasant side effects.
Drug-Disease Interaction: GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE should be taken with caution in people who have low blood pressure, a bleeding problem, especially arterial bleeding, have had a heart attack or any heart problem.
No interaction found; in case of any discomfort, consult your doctor.
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE is a category C pregnancy; studies suggest it is safe and does not harm the baby. Your doctor will still weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you.
GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE is a category C pregnancy; studies suggest it safe and does not pass through the milk. Your doctor will still weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you.
Drive with caution, GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE may cause blurry vision, and dizziness may occur.
There is limited information available on the use of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor for the best advice.
There is limited information available on the use of GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor for the best advice.
Diet & Lifestyle Advise
- Keep your weight under control with a body mass index (BMI) 19.5-24.9.
- Opt for a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy products.
- Limit intake of sodium chloride (table salt) in your daily diet to 2300 mg per day or less than 1500 mg is ideal for most adults.
- If you are taking alcohol, then only one serving for women and two servings is advisable.
- Quitting smoking is the best strategy to lower the risk of heart disease.
- Avoid chronic stress as it can raise your blood pressure. Try to enjoy and spent time with your loved ones to cope with stress and practice mindfulness techniques.
- Monitor your blood pressure daily and if there is too much fluctuation, then immediately contact your doctor.
- Try to include heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acid containing food drinks in your daily diet. You can also use low-fat cooking oil like olive oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and coconut oil to lower your elevated blood pressure.
- Use caution while driving a motor vehicle, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities as, GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE may cause dizziness, so if you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Try to rise slowly from a sitting or lying position to avoid falling.
- Notify your doctor if you experience any skin rash or palpitation (irregular heartbeats) after using GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE.
- Do not use GESTAKIND SR CAPSULE immediately after childbirth (postpartum) and artery (blood vessel) bleeding.
Premature labour: Also known as preterm labour, occurs when regular contractions and relaxations of the uterus result in the opening of your cervix after week 20 and before week 37 of pregnancy. It can lead to premature birth and other greater risk to the baby.
Cerebrovascular insufficiency: It occurs when there is obstruction of one or more blood vessels (arteries) that supply blood to the brain. This obstruction leads to strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or ‘mini-strokes’).
Buerger’s disease: It occurs commonly in the arms and legs where blood vessels get swollen, thereby preventing blood flow, causing clots to form. This leads to pain, tissue damage, and the formation of gangrene (death of body tissues).
Raynaud’s phenomenon: It occurs due to blocked nerves resulting in discolouration of the fingers and/or the toes after exposure to extreme cold or hot temperatures conditions. Skin discolouration is a sign of a diminished blood supply to the local tissues.