Q. Is it advisable to take Fetzima in a depression patient?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by Dr. Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Oct 26, 2019 and last reviewed on: Oct 28, 2019

Hello doctor,

I was just wondering about a medication. Can depression and anger issue get worse with Fetzima if only taken for a day?

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry
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Hello,

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Fetzima (Levomilnacipran) is an SNRI type of antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder. When was the medication started and what is the dose you are on? Usually it will take about a week or so for you to get used to the medication and therapeutic effects will be apparent in around a month or so. Some patients can experience anxiety, agitation, irritability when starting the medication but they settle soon as your body adjusts to the medicine.

Fetzima extended release capsule is usually started at around 20 mg once daily and then gradually increased to 40 mg once daily. Depending on your response and tolerability, dose can be adjusted between 40 mg to 120 mg once daily. Continue regular reviews with your prescribing doctor. If sideeffects persist, consult your doctor for an earlier review. Take care.

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