Generic Name: Nefazodone (na-FAZ-oh-dohn)
Drug Class: Antidepressant
This medicine is used for depression. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine
for other conditions as well.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
This drug works by increasing a chemical called 5-HT by blocking its reuptake.
It also blocks the 5-HT2 receptor.
How to Take It
Follow the directions that your doctor has given you. This medicine can be
taken with food to avoid stomach upset. It may take up to 4 weeks before this
medicine reaches its full effect.
Possible Side Effects
- dizziness, drowsiness
- agitation, confusion
- dry mouth
- Consult your doctor immediately if you experience prolonged and painful
- Do NOT stop taking this medicine abruptly.
- Do NOT drink alcohol with this medicine.
- Alcohol and other depressants can increase the side effects when taking
with this medicine.
- This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
- Do NOT drive or perform other tasks requiring your full attention, until
you know how this medicine affects you.
- If you have a history of seizures, or heart disease, let your doctor
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your
local or regional poison control center.
- Nafazodone can decrease the effects of clonidine, methyldopa, diuretics
(water pills), warfarin and drugs used to lower blood sugar (hypoglycemics).
This medicine can increase the toxic effects of; terfenadine, astemizole,
fluoxetine (Prozac), triazolam, alprazolam (Xanax) and phenytoin (Dilantin).
Do not take this medicine within 14 days of stopping MAO inhibitors. If
you are not sure what an MAO inhibitor is, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are currently taking any of these medicines, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist to see if Nefazodone is right for you.
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next
dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor. This medicine
is not recommended during pregnancy unless the benefits clearly outweigh the
risks to the fetus. It is unknown whether this medicine is excreted in breast
milk. Talk to you doctor before you breast feed.
For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
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