The pills of Sarafem come in round or elongated shapes of white, yellow, purple or gray-pink colors depending on the dosage and the manufacturer.
The usual dosages for this antidepressant are 10 and 20 mg. The tablets themselves consist of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It has an antidepressant and stimulating effect. It is effective for endogenous depression and obsessive-compulsive frustration.
It helps to improve mood, reduces tension, anxiety and a sense of fear, and eliminates dysphoria. When it's taken orally, the drug is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract (up to 95% of the taken dose). Using it with food slightly inhibits the absorption of fluoxetine. It doesn’t cause orthostatic hypotension, sedative effect, non-cardiotoxic. When it's taken in medium therapeutic doses, it practically doesn't affect the functions of the cardiovascular and other systems.
The leaflet provided with the packing offers basic information on how to use this medicine. Before use, it is better to discuss the dosage with your physician and make sure to follow his exact prescriptions.
This medicine has a set of side effects for health if used any differently from doctor's orders. Side effects can be various, for example:
- epilepsy and convulsive conditions (in the anamnesis);
- suicide mood;
- bladder atony;
- prostatic hypertrophy.
Restrictions to use: children's age (safety and effectiveness haven't been established), myocardial infarction, cirrhosis.
This is not a complete list of adverse reactions, and you should report to your doctor immediately about any unpleasant symptoms that persist.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 28.09.2022