This medicine belongs to a class of antidepressants known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
It is used to treat conditions such as:
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
All medicines may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Increase your intake of fluids and include more fibre (vegetables and fruits) in your diet. Incorporate some exercise in your daily routine.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you require any laxatives.
Do not drive or operate any machinery. See how this medicine affects you first.
Discuss with your doctor if you can take your medicine at a different time of the day.
Avoid daytime naps. Limit caffeine intake. Keep a regular sleeping schedule. Instead of looking at electronic screens before bedtime, choose other relaxing activities such as reading a book or listening to calm music.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms.
Consult your doctor if you need further information regarding this.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to this medicine.
Tell your doctor before starting this medicine if you have:
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you want to take or give any other medicines, supplements or herbal products.
If you or your child (patient) sees another doctor, inform him that this medication is currently prescribed before he prescribes any other medications.
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.
Take this medicine with or without food. Swallow tablets or capsules whole with a glass of water. If unable to swallow you may crush the tablet or open up the capsule to mix the powder in a small amount of water before administering.
This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before this medicine can exert its full effects. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it.
Do not stop taking this medicine even after you feel better. Your symptoms may return if this medicine is stopped too early. Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.
Do not stop taking the medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor. You may experience unpleasant side effects if this medicine is stopped suddenly.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine.
To continue to gain benefit from this medicine you must take it daily. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
If you take more than the dose prescribed to you by your
doctor, consult your doctor or health care professional immediately
Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Inform your medical professional with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.
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