No. Zyven is not a narcotic drug. Narcotics are drugs with sleep inducing properties, usual derivatives of Opium like Heroin and Morphine.
Q. What is the difference between Zyven ER or Zyven succinate?
Zyven 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 Zyven 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 Zyven different from venlafaxine?
Zyven is an active metabolite of venlafaxine. It is the same medication in an active form.
Zyven is a potent and selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Zyven is thought to be related to the potentiation of the neurotransmitters in the central nervous system.
Take Zyven exactly as advised by your doctor. Take Zyven at about the same time each day with or without food. Swallow Zyven tablets in whole, with fluid. Do not crush, cut, chew, or dissolve the tablets because the tablets may be time-released.
Q. Can Zyven 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 Zyven should be done by the doctor. Do inform your doctor about all your present medications before starting the therapy.
Q. Are there any alternatives to Zyven?
Yes. There are many alternatives to Zyven. You should use the alternative under the guidance of your doctor.
Q. Is Zyven good medication for anxiety?
Zyven can be taken in anxiety and panic disorders. It is also used for the treatment of depression.
Q. Does Zyven cause sedation?
Yes. Zyven 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.
Q. Does Zyven be used to treat menopausal vasomotor symptoms?
Zyven is approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of hot flashes.
Q. Can Zyven be used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Zyven 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.
Q. Can I use Zyven for depression?
Yes. Zyven is a medication approved for the treatment of depression. Do not start Zyven by yourself. Consult your doctor before starting this medication.
Q. Can I use Zyven for a migraine?
No. Zyven is approved for treatment of a migraine. It is used in the treatment of depression.
Q. Can hot flashes be treated with Zyven?
Zyven is not approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of hot flashes.
Q. Can I use Zyven for social anxiety?
Zyven is approved for treatment of depression but few types of research have shown the efficacy of desvenlafaxine in the treatment of social anxiety.
Q. Can neuropathic pain be treated with Zyven?
Zyven 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, Zyven 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 Zyven.
Q. Can I take tramadol along with Zyven?
No. Tramadol should be absolutely avoided with Zyven. 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 Zyven 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 Zyven and it should be tapered slowly and then stopped.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Zyven?
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.
Q. How long should I continue taking Zyven?
Zyven 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.
Q. Will Zyven affect my sex drive?
There are few cases reports to suggest that it effect sex drive but not all patients suffer from that.