No. Deslafax is not a narcotic drug. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.
Deslafax ER or XR both means extended release preparation which releases the medication slowly into the body and maintains a constant needed medications levels. The advantage of taking ER/XR tablets is the frequency of dosage can be decreased.
Weaning of Deslafax can be done by a gradual reduction in the dose rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible. Abrupt cessation of the therapy leads to a lot of adverse effects.
Q. How is Deslafax different from venlafaxine?
Deslafax is an active metabolite of venlafaxine. It is the same medication in an active form.
Deslafax is a potent and selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Deslafax is thought to be related to the potentiation of the neurotransmitters in the central nervous system.
Take Deslafax exactly as advised by your doctor. Take Deslafax at about the same time each day with or without food. Swallow Deslafax tablets in whole, with fluid. Do not crush, cut, chew, or dissolve the tablets because the tablets may be time-released.
Q. Can Deslafax be switched to sertraline?
Yes. It can be switched but discontinuation symptoms are common while changing the therapy. So, tapering of the antidepressant may be necessary to minimise discontinuation symptoms. The switch over of the therapy from Deslafax should be done by the doctor. Do inform your doctor about all your present medications before starting the therapy.
Yes. There are many alternatives to Deslafax. You should use the alternative under the guidance of your doctor.
Deslafax can be taken in anxiety and panic disorders. It is also used for the treatment of depression.
Yes. Deslafax is known to cause sedation. Do not take this medication with other sleep inducing drugs it may lead to excess sleepiness, drowsiness, decreased concentration and difficulty in work. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.
Deslafax is approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of hot flashes.
Deslafax is not approved for the treatment of IBS. It is approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of IBS.
Yes. Deslafax is a medication approved for the treatment of depression. Do not start Deslafax by yourself. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.
No. Deslafax is approved for treatment of a migraine. It is used in the treatment of depression.
Deslafax is not approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of hot flashes.
Deslafax is approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of social anxiety.
Deslafax is not approved for treatment of neuropathic pain. It is an antidepressant. It is used off-label for treatment of neuropathic pain.
Q. Which medication is best, Deslafax or escitalopram?
Both are antidepressant medication and the therapy is decided by the type of patient, however, some studies show escitalopram is almost similar to Deslafax.
Q. Can I take tramadol along with Deslafax?
No. Tramadol should be absolutely avoided with Deslafax. They both cause an increase in the levels of serotonin in the body increasing the chances of potentially life-threatening serotonin syndrome.
Q. Can venlafaxine be switched to Deslafax abruptly?
No. You should not change or switch over to any other drug. It may lead to various adverse effects called as discontinuation symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you are not comfortable with Deslafax and it should be tapered slowly and then stopped.
You should avoid taking any other antidepressants medications, medicines to treat migraine headaches known as triptans,medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic, or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), antipsychotic drugs, or other dopamine antagonists, such as metoclopramide.
Deslafax is an antidepressant medication. These medications are to be taken for a long duration of months or year. The exact duration of treatment is decided by the improvement of the symptom.
There are few cases reports to suggest that it effect sex drive but not all patients suffer from that.