This is a new class of medication, which has been shown to be effective in many patients with depressive illness.  In general, this medication has far fewer side effects than older depressants.  At present, it is not possible to predict which particular medication is best suited to any individual patient’s chemistry, so that the antidepressant first prescribed may need to be changed after some time if it is not effective.  Statistically, any antidepressant has a 70% chance of helping an individual patient.

 

This is a new class of “MAO Inhibitor”.  No dietary precautions are required (unless you already have high blood pressure), and the medication is completely out of your blood stream within 24 hours.  This medication is not at all addictive.

 

Dosage:  The normal dosage is 600 to 900 mg/day.  The tablets should be taken after meals, usually after breakfast and after lunch.  It is necessary to continue the tablets for some months after you recover, to prevent the chemical changes of depressive illness from returning.

 

Side Effects:  You may experience some or none of the following:

  • Nausea:  try taking the medication after food
  • Difficulty sleeping:  try taking all the tablets in the morning
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness:  if this occurs, try taking the tablets in the evening and at bedtime  — do not drive or use machinery if you are drowsy.
  • Less common:  dizziness (especially in warm weather), dry mouth, tremulousness, agitation.
  • Sexual problems are much less common with this antidepressant than with SSRIs.

 

Precautions:  Do not take Aurorix if:

  • You develop a rash due to the medication
  • You intend becoming pregnant

 

Alcohol:  You can have a small amount of alcohol quite safely, but do remember you may become drunk or sleepy much more easily.

 

This information is intended to improve your knowledge of the treatment you are receiving.  Any further points can be discussed at your next consultation with your doctor.

 

Important Disclaimer:  This site is medical information only, and is not to be taken as diagnosis, advice or treatment, which can only be decided by your own doctor.