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ANTI ANXIETY

Desyrel which is the brand name of Trazodone was approved by FDA in the year 1981 as an antidepressant that has anti-anxiety and hypnotic effects.

The pill belongs to a group of drugs called serotonin modulator that works by decreasing anxiety and insomnia related to depression, by improving the mood and energy level of the person consuming it.

As imbalance of the neurotransmitters in the brain causes depression, Desyrel works by affecting the neuro transmitters in the brain.

Important information

Desyrel is mainly used to treat problems related to depression. When the pill was first made available it was greatly welcomed for use by geriatric patients because of its minimal side effects.

It works by blocking the neurotransmitter in the central and peripheral nervous system (anticholinergic property).

This pill has anxiolytic properties and low muscle damage (cardiotoxicity) when compared to other anti-depressants. It is mostly useful for geriatric patients with insomnia, severe agitation and depression.

The efficacy of Desyrel pill was found to be similar with diazepam in terms of its anxiolytic properties when it was used in the treatment of anxiety disorders for about 3 to 8 weeks. Lower dosage of this pill can also be used as an alternative in the treatment of insomnia.

Before taking Desyrel, you have to tell to your doctor about your medical ailments like heart disease, renal diseases, bipolar disorders, glaucoma or blood pressure. You should also be sure if you had any suicidal thoughts in the past.

People who use this drug would feel dizziness as it impairs with the cognition ability. To avoid accidents, it is better not to indulge in any work that needs alertness.

If you have low potassium levels and you take this drug, the syndrome would increase.

Children and older patients are at high risk of being affected by side effects.

Woman should not take this medication when they are pregnant or lactating a baby. This is because; Desyrel might affect an unborn or born baby.

Patients might suffer from longer QT syndrome in which the heart beat would increase more than the usual. In some cases, they might faint or it would lead to any serious ill effects.

Dosage

Desyrel is available for oral administration both as regular release and extended release tablets. Unlike other tablets it can be split into half based on the doctor’s prescription. But still the tablet is not supposed to be chewed, crushed or snorted.

The dosage of Desyrel medication ranges from 150 to 375 mg and the pill is used for a short term use of up to 2 weeks. The medication is supposed to be taken on a regular basis with food as prescribed by the physician either twice or more than that.

Initially low dose of Desyrel pill is prescribed which can be increased after 3 or 4 days upon consulting a doctor. Extended release of the tablet if prescribed should be taken on an empty stomach once a day at bedtime.

Side effects

Below are the side effects that should be treated with much care upon occurrence.

  • Panic attack
  • Irregular heartbeat or difficulty in breathing
  • Depression that leads to suicidal thoughts

When a person experiences any of these side effects it is better to consult a doctor immediately as it may lead to unwanted consequences if not treated on time.

Relative Contraindications

Interaction of Desyrel with drugs that that treat mental illness, AIDS, heartburn and seizures are not recommended as it may cause harmful side effects.

Drug interactions can sometimes be life-threatening and need to be treated at the earliest.


Luvox is an anti-anxiety medication manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and is known by several other brand names across the globe. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and is primarily used for treating major depression.

The drug was approved by FDA in the year 1994, and since then it has a strong going. Perhaps, the medication was first of its kind to be available in United Kingdom. The active ingredient of the pill is fluvoxamine maleate. The drug contains many inactive ingredients.

Important information

Luvox is primarily used for treating obsessive compulsive disorder which is considered to one of the annoying anxiety disorder condition. In certain countries, the medication is recommended for treating major depressive disorder too.

The anti-anxiety drug is specifically recommended for use in children suffering from OCD for a very long period of time. The medication exhibits a long half-life and because of which its therapeutic effects are bound to last in the system for almost a years’ time. The secondary medical use of the pill is to treat schizophrenia symptoms.

The drug helps a person in reducing the persistent and unwanted thoughts or obsessions and further urges them to perform repeated tasks or compulsions like hand washing, checking, and counting etc. which interferes with daily living.

Fluvoxamine is the generic name of Luvox and belongs to a class of meds like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI’s). The drug is thought to work by aiding in restoring the balance of certain natural substances in the brain or the serotonin. Luvox is also known effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Intimate your doctor if you are allergic to its ingredients or any other chemical factor before getting prescribed for Luvox. Speak to your doctor of all the medical illness you are suffering from, even of the past and all the medications you had been taking so as to make it easier for him to analyze your condition better. This drug can make you dizzy or lethargic, therefore you should not engage in machinery works or driving.

Dosage

Luvox should be taken only during the night time, since it causes dizziness and drowsiness. The absorption pattern of the drug is no way influenced by the food intake, and hence it can be taken before or after taking a meal. At any cost, it is extremely critical to administer the pill in the prescribed dosage strength as advised by the doctor.

Administering the medication in crushed or powdered form is not recommended, as too much of drug’s effects is felt immediately and this can increase risk of side effects. The bottle containing the medicine should be closed tightly and the pills should not be exposed to moisture and heat.

If you are a pregnant women, do not take Luvox unless it is absolutely necessary or if you have been insisted by your doctor to do so. Doing so may result in unfavorable consequences to the unborn baby. Take Luvox exactly as prescribed.

Do not increase or decrease the dosage strength of Luvox and do not stop taking it abruptly as doing so can lead to untoward consequences. Before taking Luvox, read the information leaflet thoroughly so as to understand the administration of this medicine completely. You can take the med at the same time each day so as to help you remember taking it on time every day.

Missing a dose and overdose

It is better to take the medicine at the same time each day so as to not miss any dose. Also taking the med on time will also avoid you to get in the trap of overdose. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember.

If it is already time for the next dose, then you can skip the missed dose and better take the scheduled dose. If you have overdosed on Luvox then call for poison helpline immediately or rush to the nearest medical Centre without waiting and get yourself treated as soon as possible.

Side effects

Side effects of the drug ranges from allergic reactions to severe medical complications. Some of the less severe side effects are changes in vision,

  • agitated and restless feelings,
  • low appetite levels,
  • indigestion,
  • lack of sex interest,
  • sweating,
  • rashes in skin,
  • breathing difficulties,
  • swelling in facial region.

Severe Side effects like

  • impulsivity,
  • anxiety and panic attacks,
  • aggressiveness,
  • irritability,
  • depressed feelings.

If the intensity of the symptoms are found to be severe then you should consult the doctor.

Relative contraindications

Individuals should be extra cautious and should ensure that administration of other drugs is completely stopped whilst undergoing course of therapy with the anti-anxiety medication.

Mediations that interact extensively with Luvox are plenty. Some of the most prominent drugs are medicines recommended for treating mood disorders namely lithium, antidepressants, clozapine and medications like tramadol, St. John’s wort, Coumadin, jantoven and sedatives like Xanax, Valium, diazepam and midazolam.


Cymbalta, also known as duloxetine, is an anti-anxiety drug. It is typically used to treat depressive disorder and performs this function by affecting certain chemicals (norepinephrine and serotonin) present in the brain which are unbalanced due to anxiety or depression.

In adults, Cymbalta can also be used to treat a disorder related to chronic pain which is known as fibromyalgia. In some cases, it is also applied in the treatment of back pain, and joint pain or chronic muscle pain technically known as osteoarthritis.

For children, especially those above 7 years, Cymbalta is paramount drug for treating general anxiety disorder.

Important data

You should not use Cymbalta if you are suffering from glaucoma for which you have received any treatment and for which you don’t have any control over.

If you are on thioridazine medication, then you should not take this medicine. Also do not take this med if you have taken any MAO inhibitors in the past fourteen days. Doing so can cause some reactions that in turn can result in certain untoward consequences or dangerous side effects. Some of the inhibitors are inclusive of injections of methylene blue, phenelzine, tranylcypromine and linezolid.

If your Cymbalta medical course has to come to an end, you can wait at least for a week before you can take MAO inhibitor so as to safely avert any unfavorable consequences.

Suicidal thoughts are a common in the young lot of people especially during the first week of taking the anti-depressant medication.

If you notice some changes in your mod or behavior, report it to the doctor as soon as possible. Also intimate the doctor if you are encountering anxiety, insomnia or any rage issues.

Upon taking the Cymbalta medical course, speak to your doctor without any waiting if you feel more depressed. So is the same if you have any suicidal thoughts.

People who are allergy to the active ingredient Duloxetine, should not use Cymbalta.

Speak to your doctor of all your medical ailments including your history of illness like epilepsy, seizures, hepatic or renal failure, bipolar disorder, glaucoma, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, high blood pressure or history of drug abuse.

If Cymbalta is taken during the last three months of pregnancy, adverse effects can take place. It is not unknown about the effects of this med on unborn babies.

Hence it is very important to discuss with the doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant when you are on a medical course with Cymbalta.

If you are a breastfeeding women, then do not take this medicine. The drug can pass through the breast milk and can harm the baby.

Children under the age of eighteen are strictly restricted to use this drug unless if so is recommended by the doctor.

Dosage

Cymbalta is available in the dosage strengths of 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 60mg and 120mg. Dosage for an individual depends upon patient’s age, medical condition and response to the med. You can take this drug orally usually one or two times daily irrespective of having had food or not. Those who are having nausea can take this med with food. Do not crush or chew the capsule and neither mix the contents of the capsule with food or any liquid as doing so will only increase the risk of side effects. Take this medicine at the same time each day so as to obtain best effects from the medicine.

Missing a dose and overdose

Always take the medicine at the same time every day so as to not give a chance for a missed dose. In case you have missed a dose of Cymbalta, then you can take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time for the next dose, then you can take the scheduled dose alone. For overdose, approach your nearest help center immediately or call for poison helpline without any delay.

Side effects

Different people react differently to Cymbalta; in that, the body might start experiencing some side effects after taking Cymbalta. Some of the common side effects experienced include:

  • Increased sweating
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Tired feeling, dizziness or drowsiness

In case any new symptoms occur or these symptoms persist, report to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Other symptoms include behavioral or mood changes, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anxiety, or feeling restless, more depressed, aggressive, impulsive, hyperactive (physically or mentally), hostile, or agitated.

Relative Contraindications

Avoid drinking alcohol when taking this medicine as doing so can cause contraindications. Certain anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen can cause contraindications.


Tofranil is an antidepressant drug that is available as the generic formulation of Imipramine. The drug is classed as a tricyclic antidepressant of the dibenzazepine group. Tofranil works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin, norepinephrine, and histamine H1 receptors. These properties enable the drug to be used to treat different health conditions.

Drug information

The Tofranil antipsychotic medication is prescribed to treat a number of ailments. The various health conditions that the drug is used to treat are chronic or severe pain, withdrawal symptoms from drug abuse, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and even ADHD is some persons.

If the depression condition is not diagnosed correctly and the drug is administered without knowledge of the same, the depression symptoms may become aggravated especially in persons who are manic depressive.

Tofranil should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, someone with a history of drug abuse or alcoholism, glaucoma, thyroid troubles, persons with major mental health problems, and those who are prone to suicidal ideation.

Dosage

The typical doses of Tofranil antidepressant that are usually prescribed are 10 mg, 25 mg, and 50 mg. the efficacy of the drug varies from individual to individual and it has an average half-life of about twenty hours, though its effects may continue to be felt for longer.

Tofranil should be taken exactly as recommended by the doctor without modifying the dosage or the course duration. Reading the product label carefully will ensure that one’s doubly aware of any important information regarding the usage.

Tofranil should not be discontinued without medical assistance but with gradual dose tapering in order to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. Operating hazardous equipment after administering the pills is not recommended. It can be taken with or without food. One should check with the physician before making any kind of adjustments to the dose.

Side effects

Potential side effects with taking Tofranil include

  • stomach ailments,
  • sensitivity to light,
  • odd taste in the mouth,
  • reduced interest in sex,
  • hives,
  • trouble urinating.

For more severe adverse reactions consult the physician immediately. Drug overdose is also dangerous and life-threatening if emergency medical attention is not given.

Relative contraindications

Persons should be aware of potential drug interactions and should disclose to the physician any drugs that they may be currently taking. Tofranil should not be combined with other antidepressants like MAO inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) as the risk of side effects increases when they are combined.

Using blood thinners, glaucoma medication, thyroid management drugs, stimulants, and antihistamines can all interact adversely with Imipramine.

Smoking is also harmful as it decreases the efficacy of the antidepressant.


Sinequan is a prescription antidepressant medication and is the brand name for the generic formulation of Doxepin. It is not exactly known how the drug works but it helps to elevate mood levels, and is classified as a tricyclic antidepressant.

The chemical compounds in this drug are similar to other antidepressants of its class. Any person prescribed to take this drug can enjoy the therapeutic effects of this compressed tablet.

The antidepressant has peak drug effects at around three hours and a biological half-life of about seventeen hours on average.

Drug information

The drug is primarily used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, depression, manic-depressive disorder, psychiatric conditions, and insomnia. As a second-line treatment, topical versions of this Doxepin formulation are used to soothe hives on the skin.

The dosage of the oral pills depends on the intensity of the mental health problem and the patient’s response to the drug. It can be taken as multiple doses or once a day as recommended by the healthcare professional.

Dosage

The dosage of the antidepressant should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor and after reading the instructions on the product label. It can be taken with food or in fasting.

The measure of the drug’s effectiveness can be assessed only over a period of two to three weeks. Hence, it is necessary to track any changes in symptoms and consult on the same during the next doctor’s visit.

Discontinuing the drug course on one’s own is not recommended as this can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. The antidepressant is not indicated for use in pregnant or lactating women.

Side effects

Some of the common side effects of taking Sinequan are,

  • changes in appetite,
  • headaches,
  • nausea,
  • urinary troubles,
  • vomiting,
  • unpleasant taste in the mouth,
  • drowsiness,
  • stomach troubles.

In case these symptoms are severe or there are any sudden adverse reactions, seek emergency medical assistance.

Patients diagnosed with depression and are prescribed antidepressants are at higher risk of developing suicidal ideation. Suitable help must be provided if the patient displays any kind of suicidal risk behavior.

Relative Contraindications

If the drug is taken along with other drugs that produce similar effects like drowsiness or relaxed breathing, they can intensify. It is important to disclose to the prescribing physician any other antidepressants that the person may be taking, particularly MAO inhibitors and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) as they can either increase the risk of side effects or result in toxic reactions. The waiting period of two to four weeks should be completed for the drug’s effects to wear off before taking Doxepin.


Pamelor is an antidepressant medication with Nortriptyline as the active and primary ingredient contained in it. The inactive ingredients are benzoic acid, alcohol, sorbitol, and purified water. The medication majorly controls the symptoms of depression. It is identified by different names across the globe.

Pamelor is approved by FDA for the prime purpose of treating depression and its allied symptoms. In fact, the drug can also be used for treating nocturnal enuresis otherwise referred to as bedwetting that is observed in children and young adults.

Important information

Apart from its primary use for treating depression, Pamelor medication can also be taken for treating neuropathic pain, and this has been confirmed through several clinical trials over a period of time.

As an off-label use, the drug can also be taken for treating irritable bowel syndrome, panic disorder, neuralgia modification, chronic pain and migraine prophylaxis.

Though not scientifically proved, Pamelor also controls the onset of ADHD symptoms in children and young adults. In the recent past, the medication is recommended for the first-line treatment of neuropathic pain. There are several other medical uses too which aren’t approved by FDA.

Dosage

Pamelor should be taken in the dosage strength as recommended by the physician. There are possibilities of doctor titrating the dosage strength for optimal response which ought to be strictly adhered to.

People who are about to undergo surgeries should intimate the doctor prior in advance, since the usage of drug need to be stopped well ahead of the surgery.

To overcome adverse withdrawal symptoms, better not to discontinue the course of therapy abruptly. Stop using Pamelor in a phased manner.

Side effects

Side effects can be very disturbing if it is not treated at the right juncture. The commonly reported side effects are,

  • pain and swelling in eyes,
  • blurred vision,
  • seizure,
  • uncontrolled movements in tongue, eyes, neck and jaw,
  • uncontrollable chest pain,
  • sore throat,
  • fever,
  • skin with red pinpoints,
  • painful urination hallucinations,
  • nausea,
  • abnormal reflexes,
  • difficulty in coordinating.

Apart from these, the other prominent side effects are,

  • constipation,
  • swelling of breasts,
  • impotency.

To alleviate the severity of side effects consult the doctor at the very initial stage of experiencing adverse effects in the body.

Interactions with other drugs

Drug interaction induces feelings of dizziness thus aggravating the intensity of side effects. Hence, co-administering Pamelor with other medications should be refrained from to the maximum possible extent. Most especially taking anxiety, pain, and depression medicines should be strictly avoided.

Individuals who have taken SSRI’s during the past five weeks should not administer Pamelor for a maximum of weeks upon completion of the course of therapy.

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbal products and vitamins are some of those that interact to a greater extent with this antidepressant.

Verify the medicinal ingredients of the pill in order to stay protected against adverse reaction in the body.


Phenergan also known as promethazine belongs to a class of drugs known as phenothiazine. This anti-anxiety drug works by affecting the chemical actions in the brain thereby changing the course of any allergy reactions in the body.

Phenergan works almost like an antihistamine since it also levels the severity of histamine, a chemical which occurs naturally in the body.

Some of the allergic symptoms treated by Phenergan include itchy skin rashes, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, hives and itching. Its use and significance after surgery cannot be ruled out since it prevents vomiting, motion sickness, pain, and can treat nausea. It is not used in treating respiratory conditions like pneumonia and asthma.

Precautions

If you are planning to give the drug to a child less than 18 years of age, doctor’s advice is very essential. But it is strictly not advisable for children less than 2 years of age.

It is also important to get a prescription if you have any medical condition related to breathing, lungs, immunity, prostate, stomach, heart, liver, adrenal gland, blood pressure and bones.

The problems with prostate can be due to the increase in the size of gland or issues in passing urine and in the case of adrenal gland it can be because of the tumor that is termed as pheochromocytoma. When there are problems with the blood especially due to the minimum levels of calcium it is defined as hypocalcemia.

Studies are unclear on the possibility of the medication affecting an unborn baby, but on the safer side it is suggested to intimate the medical professional in advance if you are pregnant before taking this medication. Passing of active ingredients in the medication into breast milk is not completely ruled out and it is better to refrain from taking the medication while nursing a baby.

Dosage and Administration

It is very important to take Phenergan exactly in the way prescribed by the medico and completely adhere to all the directions mentioned in the prescription label. There exist possibilities where the medical professional may alter the dose levels in order to get the best outcomes. Similarly you should not take this medication in higher or lower amounts or for duration exceeding what has been prescribed.

Phenergan is commonly taken during the bedtime or before taking meals. For people afflicted with motion sickness, the drug should be taken at least 1hour before beginning the journey. Phenergan is normally given on the previous day night itself to patients undergoing surgery. The frequency and time of taking the drug is determined on the basis of the condition for which the drug is taken. The quantity of the liquid medicine needs to be measured with the assistance of the dosing syringe or by using a measuring spoon available specifically for dosages or even using a medicine cup. In the absence of the measuring device it is prudent to get one from the pharmacist.

In the event of a kid using the medication, convey the doctor if you notice any variation in the child’s weight. The dosage of Phenergan is dependent on the weight of the kids and any changes can have a bearing on the dose taken by the child.

Call the physician immediately if the symptoms do not get better or if they aggravate on taking Phenergan.

The dosage level varies on the basis of the ailment for which it is treated for.

Allergy

The common dose is around 25 mg of the medication taken before going to bed and also you might take 12.5 before eating meals and while going to bed. It is normally sufficient if taken in single 25 mg dose before retiring or 6.25 mg to 12.5 mg taken thrice. On commencement of the treatment the dosage amount should be regulated to the minimum level possible just enough to relieve the symptoms.

Motion Sickness

The usual dose is 25mg of medication for the adults and has to be taken twice in a day. The first dose has to be taken before 30 minutes to 1 hour before the proposed journey.

Side Effects

The more common side effects are:

  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Problem with the vision where the objects appear as double
  • Nervous feeling
  • Weariness
  • Ringing sound in the ears throughout the day
  • The severe form of side effects includes:
  • High degree of drowsiness and feeling that the body is too frail
  • A sense of lightheadedness at times
  • Frequent instances of hallucinations leading to confusion
  • Experiencing seizures all of a sudden
  • Very fast or slow pulse rate
  • Being affected by jaundice
  • Unexplained reactions in the nervous system
  • Negative thoughts and a feeling of general disenchantment

On experiencing at least one of the above problems the medico needs to be immediately approached to get the desired relief.

Choosing between brand and generic variant of Phenergan

Phenergan is the brand medicine. There are a lot of generic medicines like Promethazine. You can make a choice in choosing brand or generic medicine. Both the drugs have the same chemical composition, except for a few inactive elements. Mostly, all generic medicines will have same output and side effects as brand medicine. To be on safer side, it is important to choose generic medicine from top manufacturers or stick with brand medicine.


This is a transdermal skin patch antidepressant. Emsam consists of the active component selegiline that prevents the breaking down of chemicals in the brain that is often imbalanced in people who are affected by Depression. When it is applied to unscathed skin, it delivers selegiline for over a 24 hour period.

Drug Data

The base of selegiline is colorless to yellow liquid. It is a matrix type transdermal system consisting of three layers. The first layer is the backing fill, the second layer is the adhesive drug layer and the third layer consists of release liners that are discarded later after use.

The patches comprises of inactive ingredients like acrylic adhesive, polyethylene, polyester, polyurethane, ethylene vinyl acetate and silicon coated polyester.

Emsam is predominantly used in the treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters. The drug elevates your mood and feelings. This drug is a patch for use only on the skin.

Emsam pill is a member of large class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOI’s which aren’t in use anymore but can be beneficial for people who do not respond to other types of antidepressants. As it is used as a patch over the skin, it avoids in getting contact with the stomach.

Dosage

Apply the Emsam patch to clean, dry and hairless skin and press it firmly. The patch can be applied on certain places of the body like chest, thigh, back or outer part of the upper arm.

The patch can be left untouched for over 24 hours and can be replaced with a new one. It can be left on even while being in water for swimming or bathing.

The next Emsam patch should not be placed on the same place, it should be applied on a different place. One should not wear more than one patch at the same time and should wash the hands thoroughly after using them.

Do not get the patch exposed to sunlight and in case of surgery, inform your physician ahead.

Side effects

The Emsam can cause some uneasiness in the body like,

  • drowsiness,
  • weakness,
  • tiredness,
  • dizziness,
  • irritation over the area of application,
  • sleeping problems,
  • constipation,
  • dry mouth.

Serious side effects include,

  • fainting,
  • muscle stiffness,
  • changes in sexual interest,
  • severe stomach pain,
  • Rarely the drug can also cause high Blood Pressure.

Relative Contraindications

Emsam can easily interact when other drugs are taken along with it. Any other anti-depressant, cold medicine that consists a decongestant, prescription or over the counter pills can all affect when taken simultaneously and can result in drug interactions.


Klonopin is an anti-anxiety medication that belongs to a class of benzodiazepines drugs which affect the functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain and alters their states. Mostly the brain chemicals that reach to an imbalanced state due to anxiety can be balanced by the action of the medication. The medication comes in the form of tablets and disintegrating capsules.

Secondary uses

In addition to treating anxiety symptoms, Klonopin is also prescribed to people with seizure disorder and panic attacks. Sometimes it is also prescribed for chronic anxiety.

Dosage and proper way of taking the medication

Klonopin comes in dosage strengths of 0.5mg, 1mg and 2mg

  • The medication needs to be administered orally.
  • Initially it is directed to take 0.5mg pill 2 times per day. As the body gets used to the drug, the dose can be increased to 1 mg per day. If klonopin is not taken in the prescribed dosages, there are chances that you might be affected by its side effects.
  • However, the total dose should not include more than 4 mg a day.
  • Once the pill is ingested and gets into the blood stream, it hinders anxiety symptoms to the highest possible degree.

The difference between brand and generic variant of Klonopin

Clonazepam is distributed in both generic and brand versions. The brand variant is formulated with Clonazepam as its active ingredient. Although the working mechanism is the same, Klonopin has different binding agents used to manufacture the pill. Both generic and brand versions of this medication are on par with each other in terms of efficacy, strength of the medicine and the relief that it provides from anxiety. However, with brand version there is a brand guarantee while the generic variant is much cheaper.

Why is it necessary to take genuine Klonopin pills?

Klonopin will only be effective if it is not taken in supreme quality. There are chances that your condition may worsen while taking low quality pills. So it is important to identify authentic stores while looking for Klonopin. Genuine stores supply first-class pills whose efficacy has been scrutinized through multiple stages of clinical tests. One can be assured of the quality of the pills when they are obtained from a genuine store.

What should you know about Klonopin?

As the medication is classified as a schedule IV controlled substance, it is necessary to follow the below given precautions while taking Klonopin.

  • Avoid modifying the dose or taking more than required without doctor’s consultation. The Clonazepam medication can build tolerance easily and also lead to dependence.
  • Do not abruptly stop taking the drug as this can result in severe withdrawal symptoms.
  • The drug should not be taken by someone with a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • If there are any symptoms of suicidal thoughts or behavior then get medical assistance immediately.
  • It is recommended to avoid consumption of achohol when you take Klonopin.

What to do in case of overdose or missing a dose?

In case a dose is missed then take it as early as you remember to do so. Do not double the medication to make up for the missed dose or take missed dose if it is too close to the schedule for the next dose but skip the missed dose entirely. Overdosing on Klonopin may be cause confusion, drowsiness, muscle weakness, fainting, or coma. Seek emergency medical assistance in case of suspected overdose.


Lexapro is a drug belonging to the Escitalopram group of drugs and is classified under the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors otherwise known as SSRI’s. The medication is extremely powerful in those individuals suffering from severe depression. Also, it is indicated for treating generalized anxiety disorder.

The working mechanism of Lexapro is supposed to be that of impacting the brain chemicals, which if not would venture into an unbalanced state triggering anxiety and depression. It is also recommended for treating adults who battle chronic depression symptoms. The food and drug administration department of U.S has approved the use of the medication in children only above 12 years of age. The generic formulation of the pill is identified by the name Escitalopram.

Drug data

Adults who fall in the age bracket of 12 to 17 years can undergo course of therapy with Lexapro medication. In fact, even people who are afflicted of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms for a continuous period of six months can consume the medication for effective relief. Perhaps, this antidepressant pill is also powerful in controlling symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. Depression is a really a horrific mental disorder condition and patience has to be exercised so as to completely come out of it.

Lexapro is available in the dosage strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg. Each compressed tablet is round, film-coated, and contains the equivalent amount of the active ingredient Escitalopram in the dosage strength indicated. Some of the inactive ingredients include talc, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium, and microcrystalline cellulose.

Lexapro is also available as an oral solution. The inactive ingredients of this oral solution include glycerin, sorbitol, propylene glycol propylparaben, sodium citrate, malic acid, and citric acid. The prescription drug should be taken only as recommended by the healthcare provider, without increasing or decreasing the dosage on one’s own.

Dosage

Lexapro 10mg is the standard recommended dosage strength for treating depression. However, through clinical studies it has been established that Escitalopram 20mg pill is effective in people who are reeling under extreme levels of depression.

In fact, the Lexapro medication has good tolerance level too. It is advised to increase the dosage strength up to 20 mg upon completing three weeks of the initial course of therapy. Until then the dosage strength should be restricted only to 10 mg daily. The dosage strength is almost the same for adults as well as adolescents.

Side effects

The antidepressant Lexapro can result in certain side effects when taking the medication. It is advisable to consult a physician is if any of these symptoms are severe, unusual and are persistent. Some of the ill effects likely to be faced are:

  • Heartburn
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble breathing
  • Changes in vision
  • Nausea
  • Racing thoughts and risk-taking behavior

Precautions

Taking any kind of antidepressant should be considered with caution as there are certain effects that the drug can produce and there would also be changes in mental health. Precautions to be taken when using Lexapro are:

  • Teenagers and young adults may experience suicidal thoughts or show such behavioral tendencies, and hence they should be constantly monitored for rapid mood swings and unusual behavior.
  • The Lexapro drug has the potential to react very strongly with other medication and care should be taken that this does not happen by checking with the general practitioner regarding taking any other drugs.
  • If pimozide, methylene blue injections, or a MAO inhibitor has been used prior to taking Lexapro, then it is recommended to allow suitable time to pass before taking the drug so that there are no harmful interactions.
  • The drug should not be given to children less than twelve years old, pregnant women, and breast-feeding women.

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