Ketasma (Ketotifen) is a medication used to reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of asthma symptoms or attacks. It may also be used in cases of anaphylaxis, as well as various other mast cell, allergic-type disorders, and allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose), conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes), and other allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny itchy nose, sneezing, tearing, and itchy, red, puffy eyes. Ketasma belongs to a class of medications called antihistamines, and works by inhibiting the release of certain chemicals in the body, such as histamines and prostaglandins. These chemicals may cause inflammation, muscle spasms in the airways, and other asthma and allergy symptoms, so by reducing the levels of these chemicals in the body, Ketasma acts as an effective prophylactic (preventive) medication for asthma and other allergy disorders. Ketasma is not a rescue medication, and will not be effective in treating an asthma attack or sudden allergy symptoms. Use the appropriate rescue medications if you experience a sudden onset of symptoms.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the generic Ketotifen from India also called Asthafen manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals in the strength of 1 mg tablets. The brand Ketasma is not available at this time.
Common side effects of Ketasma may include drowsiness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, or flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Irritability, unusual excitability, or nervousness;
• Stomach pain;
• Unusual bleeding or bruising;
• Unusual or rapid weight gain
If you notice any severe side effects or signs of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical attention.
You should not use Ketasma if you are allergic to Ketotifen. To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have diabetes, epilepsy, or other seizure disorders. This medication should only be used when clearly needed during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in order to discuss any risks. This medication is excreted into breastmilk. Do not breastfeed while using this medication. Talk to your doctor if you are currently breast-feeding or if you are planning on breastfeeding. Avoid excessive alcohol intake while using this medication, as it may increase some side effects. This medication may impair your reactions. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Do not stop taking this medication without your doctors’ advice, as lowering doses of corticosteroids must be done carefully under doctor supervision to ensure there is no increase in side effects. This medication may interact with several medications, especially oral diabetes medications, sleeping pills, psychiatric medications, certain antihistamines, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers, or anti-seizure medications. This is not a complete list of interactions, and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions. Always consult a doctor before using this medication in children.
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