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What is Lofepramine?
Lofepramine is a tricyclic antidepressant. This type of medicine works by influencing the amount of serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain. These chemical compounds, also called neurotransmitters, act as chemical messengers between the nerve cells. It is thought that when depression occurs, there may be a decreased amount of serotonin and noradrenaline released from nerve cells in the brain. Lofepramine counterbalances neurotransmitter deficiency, which helps alleviate the symptoms of depression.
What is Lofepramine used for?
Lofepramine is used in the treatment of depression. Depression is characterised by chronic gloominess, apathy and lack of energy, and may also be accompanied by symptoms such as sleeping problems, anxiety and fatigue. Lofepramine may also be used to treat other conditions, including various anxiety disorders (panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias), recurrent headache and migraine.
How to use Lofepramine
Lofepramine tablets should be swallowed whole, without chewing, with some water. The tablets can be taken before, during or after meals. Lofepramine typically takes a few weeks to reach full effect. If your symptoms have not improved in two to four weeks, contact a doctor to discuss alternative drug options.
One tablet contains 70 mg of the active ingredient lofepramine. Treatment duration and dosage should be prescribed by a doctor. For adults, the general recommended dose is:
- one 70-mg tablet, twice a day (morning and evening).
The doctor may decide to increase or lower the dose according to your body’s response to the medicine. Lofepramine is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.
Lofepramine may have side effects, although not everybody gets them. Possible side effects include:
- Dry mouth;
- Dizziness, sleepiness;
- Cardiac arrhythmia;
- Sexual problems (erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation).
Consult your doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Lofepramine
Lofepramine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this antidepressant if:
- You are allergic to the active ingredient lofepramine or any other ingredient in this medicine, or if you have had an allergic response to tricyclic antidepressants before;
- You have a heart defect or cardiac arrhythmia;
- You have a severe liver or kidney disease;
- You are currently taking or have recently taken a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or medicine that influences your heart rate. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing Lofepramine with.
Seek medical advice if you have a health-related condition that is not listed above. You should also tell the doctor if you are taking any medications when you order. This is to avoid potential interaction and to make sure that the combination with Lofepramine is safe.
Lofepramine should not be used by pregnant women without consulting a doctor first. This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding mothers.
Lofepramine may affect your ability to react. If you feel dizzy, drowsy, anxious or your alertness is affected in any other way, you should avoid potentially hazardous tasks such as driving.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects.