Unienzyme, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Unienzyme ?

Unienzyme is the brand name for sugar coated tablets, used in the treatment of indigestion and related problems. This tablet is manufactured and marketed by Unichem Laboratories limited. This medicine is available in the market in packaging of 15 tablets per strip.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What if I miss the dose of this medicine ?
  8. Can I drive after taking this medicine ?
  9. Can this medicine be taken on an empty stomach ?
  10. Can I take this medicine with alcohol ?
  11. What is the Dosage ?
  12. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  13. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  14. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  15. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  16. Is Unienzyme available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  17. Frequently asked questions
  18. Reference
Unienzyme - Uses, side-effects, Dosage

Unienzyme – Uses, side-effects, Dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The active ingredient or generic chemicals and there composition in each tablet of this medicine are listed below:

  • Fungal diastase     ————    100 mg
  • Papain[1]                     ————     60 mg
  • Activated charcoal[2] ————    75 mg

How does it work ?

Fungal diastase in a pro-digestive enzyme[3], it is produced naturally in body. It helps in breaking down the carbohydrates[4] in to smaller particles. It also helps in proper absorption of nutrients in the intestine.

Papain is an enzyme which is extracted from Papaya fruit. Papain helps in breaking down the protein[5] present in the food and makes them easy to digest.

Activated charcoal has a very high absorption capacity. It absorbs all unwanted chemicals, toxins and substances in the stomach and pushes them out with stool[6].

What are it’s uses ?

Unienzyme tablet is administered in the prevention, control and treatment of follwing diseases and conditions:
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Poisoning
  • Gastro-Intestinal gas
  • Indigestion of food
  • Bile flow problems during pregnancy
  • Flatulence[7]
  • Hangover
  • Herpes zoster[8]
  • Sore throat and throat swelling

How effective is this medicine ?

This medicine is very effective for all the conditions mentioned above. It has to be taken in the correct dosage, frequency and for the right period/ duration of time. Please consult with a doctor or a qualified health expert for the correct diagnosis of the problem

What are the Side Effects ?

Some of the commonly reported side-effects of Unienzyme medication are listed below:

  • Skin irritation
  • Dark or black stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation[9]
  • Diarrhea[10]
  • Nausea[11]
  • Painful urination
  • Burning sensation

If you experience any of these side effects, Inform your doctor immediately . This list is not a comprehensive list of all the possible side effects of this drug.
Consult your doctor immediately if you develop any other medical conditions while using this medicine.


Is Unienzyme addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction. The government also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence on medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What if I miss the dose of Unienzyme?

Use the missed dose as soon as you notice. If the time is already close to the next dose,  skip the missed dose and continue your dosing schedule. Do not use overdose to make up the missed dose as it may cause serious side effects.  If you are routinely missing the doses, try to use an alarm or asking a family member or friend to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss modifications in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses.

Can I drive after taking Unienzyme?

It is not safe to drive after taking this medicine if you experience dizziness or a headache as side effects. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes drowsy, dizzy or reduces your blood pressure. Please check for these conditions on your body while using this medicine.

Can Unienzyme be taken on an empty stomach?

This medicine has to be taken after food. Please follow your doctor’s advice on how you to use this medicine.

Can I take Unienzyme with alcohol?

Intake of this medicine with alcohol is not recommended. Alcohol intake with this medicine may intensify drowsiness. It is better to consult your doctor before consumption of this medicine. Pharmacists also suggest not to take alcohol while using this medicine.

What is the Dosage ?

Despite this oral tablet being an over the counter product, regarding the dosage of Unienzyme, please consult with a doctor as it will depend on the condition for which it has to be administered.For best results take it for the duration suggested by the doctor.

Tablet - dosage

Tablet – dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

While taking Unienzyme tablets, following precautions should be taken :

  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from any Bleeding disorders
  • Caution advised in the patient had undergone any surgeries recently
  • Ask a doctor about the required dosage and frequency for this medicine
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipients
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine
  • Discuss your pregnancy and breastfeeding plan with a doctor before using the tablet
  • Do not consume alcohol during medication

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘C’ Risk not ruled out: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

It should not be taken if you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant. Please share the actual status of your pregnancy with your doctor for the correct prescription of this medicine.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

This medicine is ‘probably compatible’ during breastfeeding. Please share your breastfeeding plans with your doctor if being prescribed by this medicine. The drug belongs to ‘L3′ category in lactation category of medicines. This medicine may not be harmful to breast feeding women, but risk is there that it may affect the infant.

Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

unienzyme

unienzyme

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

Yes, this medicine can be given to children and infants under observation of a qualified pediatrician.
Consult a pediatrician about the dosage and therapeutic requirements before using this medicine for children and infants.


Is Unienzyme available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

Yes, Unienzyme tablet is available as an over the counter or OTC product. But it is advised to consult with the doctor for the particular case related information and regarding its correct dosage, timing and duration of use.

Frequently asked questions

Can I take Unienzyme medication for long term ?
Yes, you can take this medicine for long term use. This medicine rarely demonstrates any side-effects and it does not have any addictive properties. It is safe to use it for prolonged period.

What if I happen to miss a dose of this tablets ?
You can take the missed dose if the time is not close for the next dose. Don’t take double dose in any case. Its always better to consult your doctor in such cases in order to avoid any bad or harmful effects.

Can Unienzyme tablet be taken for iron deficiency?
No, it is not used to manage iron deficiency. Also, iron is not an ingredient of this tablet. This tablet is used only to treat indigestion and related issues.

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