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Equagesic (aspirin / meprobamate) Disease Interactions

There are 19 disease interactions with Equagesic (aspirin / meprobamate):

Major

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Alcohol Intox

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Acute Alcohol Intoxication, Alcoholism

Anxiolytic, sedative, and hypnotic agents should generally not be given to patients with acute alcohol intoxication exhibiting depressed vital signs. The central nervous system depressant effects of these agents may be additive with those of alcohol. Severe respiratory depression and death may occur. Therapy with such agents should be administered cautiously in patients who might be prone to acute alcohol intake.

References

  1. "Product Information. Sonata (zaleplon)" Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. "Product Information. Aquachloral Supprettes (chloral hydrate)." Medisca, Plattsburg, NY.
  3. "Product Information. Equanil (meprobamate)." Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
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Major

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Depression

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Depression

A variety of abnormal thinking and behavior changes have been reported to occur in association with the use of most anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics. Some of these changes include decreased inhibition, aggressiveness, agitation, and hallucinations. These drugs can cause or exacerbate mental depression and cause suicidal behavior and ideation. Therapy with these drugs should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of depression or other psychiatric disorders. Patients should be monitored for any changes in mood or behavior. It may be prudent to refrain from dispensing large quantities of medication to these patients.

References

  1. "Product Information. Placidyl (ethchlorvynol)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  2. "Product Information. Ambien (zolpidem)." Searle, Skokie, IL.
  3. "Product Information. Equanil (meprobamate)." Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
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Major

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Drug Dependence

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Alcoholism, Drug Abuse/Dependence

Anxiolytic, sedative, and hypnotic agents have the potential to cause dependence and abuse. Tolerance as well as physical and psychological dependence can develop, particularly after prolonged use of excessive dosages, and abrupt cessation and/or a reduction in dosage may precipitate withdrawal symptoms. In patients who have developed tolerance, overdosage can still produce respiratory depression and death. Therapy with anxiolytic, sedative, and hypnotic agents should be administered cautiously and for as brief a period as possible. Addiction-prone individuals, such as those with a history of alcohol or substance abuse, should be under careful surveillance or medical supervision when treated with these agents. In addition, it may be prudent to refrain from dispensing large quantities of medication to such patients. After prolonged use or if dependency is suspected, withdrawal of medication should be undertaken gradually using a dosage-tapering schedule.

References

  1. Gericke CA, Ludolph AC "Chronic abuse of zolpidem." JAMA 272 (1994): 1721-2
  2. Cavallaro R, Regazzetti MG, Covelli G, Smeraldi E "Tolerance and withdrawal with zolpidem." Lancet 342 (1993): 374-5
  3. "Product Information. Ambien (zolpidem)." Searle, Skokie, IL.
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Major

Aspirin (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Coagulation

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Coagulation Defect, Bleeding, Thrombocytopathy, Thrombocytopenia, Vitamin K Deficiency

The use of aspirin is contraindicated in patients with significant active bleeding or hemorrhagic disorders such as hemophilia, von Willebrand's disease, or telangiectasia. Aspirin interferes with coagulation by irreversibly inhibiting platelet aggregation and prolonging bleeding time. The non-aceylated salicylates (i.e. salicylate salts such as sodium or magnesium salicylate) do not demonstrate these effects and may be appropriate substitutions in these patients. However, all salicylates can interfere with the action of vitamin K and induce a dose-dependent alteration in hepatic synthesis of coagulation factors VII, IX and X. At usual recommended dosages, a slight increase in prothrombin time (PT) may occur. Therapy with salicylates, especially aspirin, should be administered with extreme caution in patients with hypoprothrombinemia, vitamin K deficiency, thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, severe hepatic impairment, or anticoagulant use.

References

  1. Buerke M, Pittroff W, Meyer J, Darius H "Aspirin therapy: optimized platelet inhibition with different loading and maintenance doses." Am Heart J 130 (1995): 465-72
  2. "Product Information. Ecotrin (aspirin)." SmithKline Beecham, Philadelphia, PA.
  3. Ferraris VA, Ferraris SP "Preoperative aspirin ingestion increases operative blood loss after coronary artery bypass grafting - update." Ann Thorac Surg 59 (1995): 1036-7
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Major

Meprobamate (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Porphyria

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Porphyria

The use of meprobamate is contraindicated in patients with acute intermittent porphyria. Meprobamate has been reported to precipitate acute attacks of porphyria in susceptible patients.

References

  1. "Product Information. Equanil (meprobamate)." Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
Major

Nsaids (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Asthma

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Asthma

Approximately 10% of patients with asthma may have aspirin-sensitive asthma, characterized by nasal polyposis, pansinusitis, eosinophilia, and precipitation of asthma and rhinitis attacks after ingestion of aspirin. The use of aspirin in these patients has been associated with severe bronchospasm and fatal anaphylactoid reactions. Since cross-sensitivity has been noted between aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), therapy with any NSAID should be avoided in asthmatic patients with a history of aspirin or other NSAID sensitivity, and administered cautiously in all patients with preexisting asthma. Prior to initiating therapy with NSAIDs, patients should be questioned about previous allergic-type reactions to these agents. Salicylate salts, salsalate, salicylamide, and acetaminophen may be appropriate alternatives in patients with a history of NSAID-induced bronchospasm, since cross-sensitivity to these agents appears to be low. However, cross-sensitivity has been demonstrated occasionally with high dosages of these agents (e.g., acetaminophen >= 1000 mg), thus it may be appropriate to initiate therapy with low dosages and increase gradually. There is some evidence suggesting that COX-2 inhibitors may be safely used in patients with aspirin-sensitive asthma, although the labeling for these products contraindicate such use. If necessary, aspirin desensitization may also be attempted in some patients under medical surveillance.

References

  1. "Product Information. Voltaren (diclofenac)." Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Hanover, NJ.
  2. "Product Information. Naprosyn (naproxen)." Syntex Laboratories Inc, Palo Alto, CA.
  3. Stevenson DD, Hougham AJ, Schrank PJ, Goldlust MB, Wilson RR "Salsalate cross-sensitivity in aspirin-sensitive patients with asthma." J Allergy Clin Immunol 86 (1990): 749-58
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Major

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Gi Toxicity

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Peptic Ulcer, Duodenitis/Gastritis, Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage, Gastrointestinal Perforation, History - Peptic Ulcer, Alcoholism, Colitis/Enteritis (Noninfectious), Colonic Ulceration

Salicylates, particularly aspirin, can cause dose-related gastrointestinal bleeding and mucosal damage, which may occur independently of each other. Occult, often asymptomatic GI blood loss is quite common with usual dosages of aspirin and stems from the drug's local effect on the GI mucosa. During chronic therapy, this type of bleeding may occasionally produce iron deficiency anemia. In contrast, major upper GI bleeding rarely occurs except in patients with active peptic ulcers or recent GI bleeding. However, these patients generally do not experience greater occult blood loss than healthy patients following small doses of aspirin. Mucosal damage associated with the use of salicylates may lead to development of peptic ulcers with or without bleeding, reactivation of latent ulcers, and ulcer perforation. Therapy with salicylates and related agents such as salicylamide should be considered and administered cautiously in patients with a history of GI disease or alcoholism, particularly if they are elderly and/or debilitated, since such patients may be more susceptible to the GI toxicity of these drugs and seem to tolerate ulceration and bleeding less well than other individuals. Extreme caution and thorough assessment of risks and benefits are warranted in patients with active or recent GI bleeding or lesions. Whenever possible, especially if prolonged use is anticipated, treatment with non-ulcerogenic agents should be attempted first. If salicylates are used, close monitoring for toxicity is recommended. Some adverse GI effects may be minimized by administration with high dosages of antacids, use of enteric-coated or extended-release formulations, and/or concurrent use of a histamine H2-receptor antagonist or a cytoprotective agent such as misoprostol. Patients with active peptic ulceration or GI bleeding treated with salicylates should generally be administered a concomitant anti-ulcer regimen.

References

  1. Lanas A, Serrano P, Bajador E, Esteva F, Benito R, Sainz R "Evidence of aspirin use in both upper and lower gastrointestinal perforation." Gastroenterology 112 (1997): 683-9
  2. Savon JJ, Allen ML, Dimarino AJ, Hermann GA, Krum RP "Gastrointestinal blood loss with low dose (325 mg) plain and enteric-coated aspirin administration." Am J Gastroenterol 90 (1995): 581-5
  3. American Medical Association, Division of Drugs and Toxicology "Drug evaluations annual 1994." Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; (1994):
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Major

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Renal Dysfunction

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Renal Dysfunction

Salicylate and its metabolites are eliminated almost entirely by the kidney. Therapy with salicylate drugs should be administered cautiously in patients with renal impairment, especially if it is severe. Reduced dosages may be necessary to avoid drug accumulation. Clinical monitoring of renal function is recommended during prolonged therapy, since the use of salicylate drugs has rarely been associated with renal toxicities, including elevations in serum creatinine, renal papillary necrosis, and acute tubular necrosis with renal failure. Most of the data have been derived from experience with aspirin but may apply to other salicylates as well. In patients with impaired renal function, aspirin has caused reversible and sometimes marked decreases in renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate. Adverse renal effects have usually reversed rapidly following withdrawal of aspirin therapy.

References

  1. "Product Information. Ecotrin (aspirin)." SmithKline Beecham, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. "Product Information. Rexolate (sodium thiosalicylate)" Hyrex Pharmaceuticals, Memphis, TN.
  3. Carmichael J, Shankel SW "Effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on prostaglandins and renal function." Am J Med 78 (1985): 992-1000
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Major

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Reye's Syndrome

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Influenza, Varicella-Zoster

The use of salicylates, primarily aspirin, in children with varicella infections or influenza-like illnesses has been associated with an increased risk of Reye's syndrome. Although a causal relationship has not been established, the majority of evidence to date seems to support the association. Most authorities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, recommend avoiding the use of salicylates in children and teenagers with known or suspected varicella or influenza and during presumed outbreaks of influenza. If antipyretic or analgesic therapy is indicated under these circumstances, acetaminophen may be an appropriate alternative. The same precautions should also be observed with related agents such as salicylamide or diflunisal because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate.

References

  1. Belay ED, Bresee JS, Holman RC, Khan AS, Shahriari A, Schonberger LB "Reye's syndrome in the United States from 1981 through 1997." N Engl J Med 340 (1999): 1377-82
  2. "Product Information. Salflex (salsalate)." Carnrick Laboratories Inc, Cedar Knolls, NJ.
  3. "Product Information. Rexolate (sodium thiosalicylate)" Hyrex Pharmaceuticals, Memphis, TN.
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Moderate

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Glaucoma

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Urinary Retention

Some hypnotic drugs can have an anticholinergic effect and should be used with caution in patients with glaucoma, and trouble urinating due to retention or enlarged prostate.

Moderate

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Liver Disease

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Liver Disease

In general, anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics are extensively metabolized by the liver. Their plasma clearance may be decreased and their half-life prolonged in patients with impaired hepatic function. Therapy with these drugs should be administered cautiously in patients with liver disease (some are not recommended in severe liver impairment), and the dosage should be adjusted accordingly. Laboratory testing is recommended prior and during treatment.

Moderate

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Renal/Liver Disease

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Liver Disease, Renal Dysfunction

Some anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics are extensively metabolized by the liver, and excreted in the urine. Patients with impaired renal and/or hepatic function may be at greater risk for adverse effects, including central nervous system and respiratory depression, due to drug and metabolite accumulation. Therapy with these drugs should be administered cautiously in such patients, with careful dose selection usually starting at the low end of the dosing range.

References

  1. "Product Information. Equanil (meprobamate)." Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
Moderate

Anxiolytics/Sedatives/Hypnotics (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Resp Depression

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Asphyxia, Pulmonary Impairment, Respiratory Arrest, Sleep Apnea

Oral anxiolytic, sedative, and hypnotic agents may cause respiratory depression and apnea when given in high dosages or following acute overdose. However, some patients may be susceptible at commonly used dosages, including the elderly, debilitated or severely ill patients, those receiving other CNS depressants, and those with limited ventilatory reserve, chronic pulmonary insufficiency or other respiratory disorders. Therapy with anxiolytic, sedative, and hypnotic agents should be administered cautiously in these patients. Appropriate monitoring and individualization of dosage are recommended.

References

  1. "Product Information. Ambien (zolpidem)." Searle, Skokie, IL.
  2. "Product Information. Placidyl (ethchlorvynol)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  3. "Product Information. Aquachloral Supprettes (chloral hydrate)." Medisca, Plattsburg, NY.
View all 9 references
Moderate

Meprobamate (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Drug Dependence

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Drug Abuse/Dependence, Alcoholism

Physical dependence, psychological dependence, and abuse have occurred with the use of meprobamate. Chronic intoxication from prolonged use usually involves ingestion of greater than recommended doses, and it is manifested by ataxia, slurred speech, and vertigo. Careful supervision of dose and amounts prescribed is advised, as well as avoidance of prolonged administration, especially in alcoholics and other patients with known propensity for taking excessive quantities of drugs.

Moderate

Meprobamate (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Seizure Disorders

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Seizures

Meprobamate may occasionally precipitate seizures in epileptic patients. Therapy with meprobamate should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of epilepsy.

References

  1. "Product Information. Equanil (meprobamate)." Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
Moderate

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Anemia

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Anemia

Occult, often asymptomatic GI blood loss occurs quite frequently with the use of normal dosages of aspirin and stems from the drug's local effect on the GI mucosa. During chronic therapy, this type of bleeding may occasionally produce iron deficiency anemia. Other salicylates reportedly cause little or no GI blood loss at usual dosages, but may do so at high dosages. Prolonged therapy with salicylates, particularly aspirin, should be administered cautiously in patients with or predisposed to anemia. Periodic monitoring of hematocrit is recommended. The same precautions should also be observed with the use of related agents such as salicylamide because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate.

References

  1. Naschitz JE, Yeshurun D, Odeh M, Bassan H, Rosner I, Stermer E, Levy N "Overt gastrointestinal bleeding in the course of chronic low-dose aspirin administration for secondary prevention of arterial occlusive disease." Am J Gastroenterol 85 (1990): 408-11
  2. Savon JJ, Allen ML, Dimarino AJ, Hermann GA, Krum RP "Gastrointestinal blood loss with low dose (325 mg) plain and enteric-coated aspirin administration." Am J Gastroenterol 90 (1995): 581-5
  3. "Product Information. Salflex (salsalate)." Carnrick Laboratories Inc, Cedar Knolls, NJ.
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Moderate

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Dialysis

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: hemodialysis

Salicylate and its metabolites are readily removed by hemodialysis and, to a lesser extent, by peritoneal dialysis. Doses should either be scheduled for administration after dialysis or supplemental doses be given after dialysis.

References

  1. "Product Information. Salflex (salsalate)." Carnrick Laboratories Inc, Cedar Knolls, NJ.
  2. "Product Information. Ecotrin (aspirin)." SmithKline Beecham, Philadelphia, PA.
  3. "Product Information. Rexolate (sodium thiosalicylate)" Hyrex Pharmaceuticals, Memphis, TN.
Moderate

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ G-6-Pd Deficiency

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: G-6-PD Deficiency

Salicylates, particularly aspirin, may cause or aggravate hemolysis in patients with pyruvate kinase or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency. However, this effect has not been clearly established. Until more data are available, therapy with salicylates should be administered cautiously in patients with G-6-PD deficiency. The same precaution should also be observed with the use of related agents such as salicylamide because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate.

References

  1. "Product Information. Salflex (salsalate)." Carnrick Laboratories Inc, Cedar Knolls, NJ.
  2. "Product Information. Rexolate (sodium thiosalicylate)" Hyrex Pharmaceuticals, Memphis, TN.
  3. "Product Information. Ecotrin (aspirin)." SmithKline Beecham, Philadelphia, PA.
Moderate

Salicylates (Includes Equagesic) ↔ Hepatotoxicity

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Liver Disease

The use of salicylates has occasionally been associated with acute, reversible hepatotoxicity, primarily manifested as elevations of serum transaminases, alkaline phosphatase and/or, rarely, bilirubin. Hepatic injury consistent with chronic active hepatitis has also been reported in a few patients, which resulted rarely in encephalopathy or death. Salicylate-induced hepatotoxicity appears to be dependent on serum salicylate concentration (> 25 mg/dL) and has occurred most frequently in patients with juvenile arthritis, active systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatic fever, or preexisting hepatic impairment. Therapy with salicylates, particularly when given in high dosages, should be administered cautiously in these patients, and periodic monitoring of liver function is recommended. The same precautions should also be observed with the use of related agents such as salicylamide because of their structural and pharmacological similarities to salicylate. A dosage reduction may be necessary if liver function abnormalities develop and serum salicylate concentration exceeds 25 mg/dL, although serum transaminase elevations may sometimes be transient and return to pretreatment values despite continued therapy without dosage adjustment.

References

  1. "Product Information. Rexolate (sodium thiosalicylate)" Hyrex Pharmaceuticals, Memphis, TN.
  2. Wolfe JD, Metzger AL, Goldstein RC "Aspirin hepatitis." Ann Intern Med 80 (1974): 74-6
  3. "Product Information. Salflex (salsalate)." Carnrick Laboratories Inc, Cedar Knolls, NJ.
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Equagesic (aspirin / meprobamate) drug Interactions

There are 1029 drug interactions with Equagesic (aspirin / meprobamate)

Equagesic (aspirin / meprobamate) alcohol/food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food interactions with Equagesic (aspirin / meprobamate)

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.

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