Generic Name: levomilnacipran
Drug Class: serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)
Fetzima is an oral prescription drug used to treat major depressive disorder or MDD among adults. This drug helps improve appetite, sleep, and mood while restoring interest in daily living. This is not indicated for fibromyalgia.
Fetzima Dosage Forms
This is available in Fetzima 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg, and 120 mg extended-release capsules.
Fetzima Mechanism of Action
There is still no exact information about the exact action of this SNRI. Despite this, it is thought to increase serotonergic and noradrenergic activity in the central nervous system. As a result, serotonin and norepinephrine levels rise, which are both involved in depression.
How to Take Fetzima
It is essential to read the patient information leaflet or medication guide given by your healthcare professional before you begin taking this medication. It is important for you to fully understand the uses and directions of any medication before you take it. You can get more information from your doctor or pharmacist if you require further medical advice.
The capsule can only be taken by mouth once a day, and it is generally prescribed as a daily remedy. Swallow the capsule whole, with or without food and do not crush or chew it to avoid releasing all the active ingredients at once.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your dosing. This oral drug should also not be taken more often than recommended. Additionally, you must not discontinue this drug abruptly as it can lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Fetzima Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-High blood pressure
-Vomiting that contains blood
-Easy bruising and bleeding
-Mental or mood changes
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Fetzima.
Should you experience severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to levomilnacipran, milnacipran, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Watch for swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness , swelling of the face or neck, trouble breathing, severe dizziness, and skin rashes that might indicate an allergic reaction. It is important to discontinue use of this drug if this occurs and to seek emergency medical attention right away.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of bipolar disorder, suicide attempts, heart problems, urinary retention, mineral imbalance, seizure, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and glaucoma. Because of the possibility of drug interactions, it’s important to discuss all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, supplements, and herbal products you’re taking.
You should exercise safety precautions when doing tasks that require clear vision and alertness, especially driving, as this SNRI can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and vision changes. Further, this drug can interact with alcohol and worsen your symptoms or adverse effects. Avoid drinking alcohol while on this treatment.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult their doctor about the possible risks of this product. For breastfeeding moms, it is unknown if this drug can pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor about all the risks involved.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Fetzima used for?
Fetzima (levomilnacipran) is being used to treat depression. It helps manage several symptoms of depression, including improving one’s mood and feeling of well-being.
Is Fetzima a stimulant?
This oral drug is not a stimulant. It is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that works by restoring the balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
What is the best time of day to take Fetzima?
There is no specific recommended time when taking this SNRI. You may take it any time, provided that you take it at the same time each day.
Can I take Fetzima for anxiety?
This type of drug is not specifically indicated for anxiety. However, it is being used off-label to manage anxiety.
Is Fetzima similar to Cymbalta?
Fetzima vs Cymbalta – The former is indicated solely for depression. The latter is used for depression, anxiety, and certain forms of chronic pain.
Is Fetzima better than Pristiq?
Fetzima vs Pristiq – These oral medications are both classified as SNRIs. Even so, they contain different active ingredients.