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Ava 20mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Ava 20mg Tablet is widely prescribed to treat depression and other mental health conditions like anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Ava 20mg Tablet helps many people to recover from depression by improving their mood and relieving anxiety and tension. It can be taken with or without food. The dose and how often you need it will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to control your symptoms. Your doctor may start you on a lower dose and increase it gradually. Do not change the dose or stop taking it without talking to your doctor, even if you feel well. Doing so may make your condition worse or you may suffer from unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, restlessness, palpitations, dizziness, sleep disturbances, etc).

To get the most benefit, take this medicine regularly at the same time each day. Your doctor may advise you to take it in the morning if you have trouble sleeping. It may take a few weeks before you start feeling better. Let your doctor know if you do not see any improvement even after 4 weeks.

Some common side effects of this medicine include nausea, fatigue, increased sweating, insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), decreased sexual drive, delayed ejaculation, and women may experience difficulties achieving orgasm. Some people may experience sleepiness after taking this medicine. Let your doctor know straight away if you develop any sudden worsening of mood or any thoughts about harming yourself.

Before taking Ava 20mg Tablet, you should tell your doctor if you have epilepsy (seizure disorder or fits), diabetes, liver or kidney disease, any heart problems, or are currently taking medicines for depression known as MAO inhibitors. These may affect your treatment. Please tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking to make sure you are safe.

Side effects of Ava Tablet

Common
  • Anorgasmia (decreased orgasm) in women
  • Decreased libido
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Fatigue
  • Increased sweating
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Decreased libido
    If you experience this side effect, talk to your doctor. They may be able to reduce your dose or change your medication. In general, healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and keeping a healthy weight can make a big difference. Regular exercise can increase your stamina, lift your mood and boost your libido. Find ways of coping with stress such as meditation or relaxation techniques. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as they can lower your sex drive.
  • Coping with Delayed ejaculation
    Speak to your doctor as they may be able to change your medicine or offer other treatments that might help with the problem. Making healthy lifestyle changes and eating a healthy balanced diet can help. Lose weight if you are overweight. Exercise daily and try to reduce stress and anxiety. Avoid the use of alcohol, cigarettes or recreational drugs such as marijuana which can also affect sexual function. Counselling or psychotherapy can also be helpful.
  • Coping with Increased sweating
    Try wearing loose, light-weighted, and breathable clothing. Use a strong antiperspirant and keep yourself cool with a fan. Changing your shoes and socks often might also help. Try cutting down on coffee, tea, and alcohol as they can increase your body temperature and promote sweating. Avoid spicy foods, this will help you deal with excessive sweating. If this does not help, talk to your doctor about other possible medications.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Sleepiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.

How to use Ava Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Ava 20mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Ava Tablet works

Ava 20mg Tablet is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain. This improves mood and physical symptoms of depression and also relieves symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Ava 20mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Ava 20mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Ava 20mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Ava 20mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Ava 20mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Ava 20mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Ava 20mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Ava 20mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Ava Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Ava 20mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Take it in the morning since it can keep you awake if taken late at night.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • It has a lower chance of causing sexual dysfunction than other similar medications.
  • The addiction or dependence potential of Ava 20mg Tablet is very less.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor first.
  • Some people can develop dizziness or drowsiness after taking this medicine. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you

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FAQs

Q. How long does it take for Ava to work?

Usually, it will take about 2-4 weeks before you start feeling better, however, full benefits may take a little longer. Therefore, do not stop taking Ava without consulting your doctor. Talk to your doctor if taking the medicine does not make you feel better or you feel worse even after taking the medicine.

Q. What are the most common side effects of Ava?

The most common side effects of Ava are headache and nausea. Other common side effects include blocked or runny nose, decreased or increased appetite, anxiety, restlessness and abnormal dreams. You may also experience sleepiness or difficulty falling asleep, dizziness, yawning, tremors, diarrhea or constipation. Other side effects of Ava may be vomiting, dry mouth, increased sweating, fatigue, fever, increase in weight and pain in muscles and joints. Using this medicine may even cause delayed ejaculation, problems with erection, decreased sexual drive and women may experience difficulty in achieving orgasm.

Q. What is Ava used for?

Ava is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders such as social phobia, anxiety disorder, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Q. Is Ava dangerous?

The use of Ava in children, adolescents and young adults may increase their risk of experiencing suicidal tendencies. You should always discuss the risks and benefits of taking Ava with your doctor before taking it. Remember that children younger than 12 years of age should not be given Ava.

Q. Is Ava better taken at night or in the morning?

It is usually recommended to take Ava once a day in the morning since it can keep you awake if taken late at night. You can take it with or without food. You should prefer taking it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it.

Q. Can I stop taking Ava on my own?

Ava should not be stopped abruptly as it may cause withdrawal symptoms. Though the withdrawal symptoms are usually mild and disappear within 2 weeks, it is not recommended to stop it without consulting your doctor. You should rather consult your doctor who will reduce the dose gradually.

Q. What are the withdrawal symptoms one may experience?

The withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, sleep disturbances like vivid dreams, nightmares and inability to sleep, anxiety, and headaches. You may also get burning sensations and electric shock sensations. Withdrawal symptoms may also include nausea, sweating including night sweats, restlessness or agitation, tremors, confusion, irritability, diarrhea, visual disturbances, and palpitations.

Q. What if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose of Ava?

If you accidentally take more than the recommended dose of Ava, seek immediate medical attention in a nearby hospital or call your doctor immediately. The symptoms of overdose dizziness, tremor, agitation, convulsion, coma, nausea, and vomiting. You may also experience change in heart rhythm, decreased blood pressure and change in body fluid/salt balance.

Q. Is Ava better taken at night or in the morning?

It is usually recommended to take Ava once a day in the morning since it can keep you awake if taken late at night. You can take it with or without food. You should prefer taking it at the same time each day so that you remember to take it.

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