Sarafem is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressant This medicine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Sarafem is used to treat the major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Sarafem is sometimes used together with another medication called olanzapine to treat manic depression caused by bipolar disorder. This combination is also used to treat depression after at least 2 other medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms. Sarafem may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Sarafem side effects-:
If you have signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash or hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as mood or behaviour changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive, more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting.
Blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights.
High levels of serotonin in the body agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,
loss of coordination, fainting.
Low levels of sodium in the body headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling
Severe nervous system reaction very stiff muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, and feeling
like you might pass out.
Severe skin reaction fever, sore throat, swelling in face or tongue, burning in eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that
spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Common side effects may include:
Sleep problems, strange dreams
Headache, dizziness, vision changes
Tremors or shaking, feeling anxious or nervous
Pain, weakness, yawning, tired feeling
Upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
Dry mouth, sweating, hot flashes
Changes in weight or appetite
Stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, flu symptoms
Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Before taking this medicine
Do not use Sarafem if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days.
A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and
tranylcypromine. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can take this medicine. You must wait 5 weeks after stopping this medicine before you can take thioridazine or an MAOI. You should not use Sarafem if you are allergic to it, if you also take pimozide or thioridazine, or if you are being treated with methylene blue injection. Tell your doctor about all other antidepressants you take, especially Celexa, Cymbalta, Desyrel, Effexor, Lexapro, Luvox, Oleptro, Paxil, Pexeva, Symbyax, Viibryd,
or Zoloft. Some medicines can interact with Sarafem and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you use. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.