|Type of medicine||Antidepressant|
Anyone can develop depression. It can develop for no apparent reason or it may be triggered by a life event such as a relationship problem, bereavement, or illness.
Reboxetine works by increasing the amount of circulating noradrenaline available in the brain. This may help depression symptoms in some people.
Before taking reboxetine
Before taking reboxetine make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have heart or blood vessel problems.
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you have epilepsy.
- If you have glaucoma (increased pressure in your eye).
- If you have bipolar disorder.
- If you have been experiencing difficulty passing urine or have prostate problems.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or to any other medicine.
How to take reboxetine
- Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Take reboxetine exactly as your doctor has told you. It is usually taken twice a day.
- You can take the tablets before, during or after meals.
- Try to take reboxetine at the same times each day to avoid missing any doses.
- If you do forget to take a dose, do not worry, just take the next dose when it is due. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- You may feel that reboxetine is not working for you straightaway. It can take a week or two after starting this treatment before the effect builds up, and up to four weeks before you feel the full benefit. Do not stop taking it after a week or so, thinking it is not helping.
- Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with reboxetine.
- There are several types of antidepressants and they differ in their possible side-effects. If you find that reboxetine does not suit you then let your doctor know, as another may be found that will.
- Do not stop taking reboxetine unless your doctor tells you to do so. Stopping treatment suddenly can cause problems and your doctor may want you to reduce your dose gradually if this is necessary.
- While you feel depressed or are taking reboxetine, you may have thoughts about harming yourself or ending your life. It is very important that you tell your doctor about this if it happens.
- You should expect that a normal course of treatment with reboxetine will last for around six months after your symptoms have eased.
Can reboxetine cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common reboxetine side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Dry mouth||Try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking sugar-free sweets|
|Constipation||Try to eat a well-balanced diet containing fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water|
|Feeling light-headed or dizzy, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position||Getting up more slowly may help. If you begin to feel dizzy, sit down for a few minutes so that you do not faint|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headache continues, speak with your doctor|
|Sweating||Take care not to become overheated during exercise or hot weather|
|Feeling sick||Stick to simple foods. Try eating smaller meals but more regularly|
|Difficulty sleeping, feeling of a fast heartbeat or heart pounding, difficulty focusing, lack of appetite, difficulties passing urine, difficulties with sexual function, chills, feeling agitated||If any of these become troublesome, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these tablets, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store reboxetine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
- Manufacturer's PIL, Edronax® 4 mg Tablets; Manufacturer's PIL, Edronax® 4 mg Tablets, Pharmacia Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated September 2011.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Dr Helen Huins|
|Last Checked: 15/12/2011||Document ID: 3701 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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