How it should be taken
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
Adult- PO- The recommended starting dose is 200 mg, 2 times per day.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients who experienced liver injury due to previous administration of this drug; co-administration with terfenadine, astemizole, cisapride, pimozide, or carbamazepine is contraindicated.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This medication is a phenylpiperazine antidepressant, prescribed for depression. It increases the amount of certain natural substances in the brain that are needed to maintain mental balance.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with seizures, heart attack, chest pain, stroke, or other heart disease, liver disease, stomach bleeding, suicidal tendencies, who are taking other medications, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Monitor liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts regularly while taking this medication.
Patient may develop with increased risk of suicidal thoughts; watch them carefully.
Store it at room temperature.