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Reboxetine is used in the treatment of depression and diabetic nerve disease

How it works

Reboxetine works in depression by increasing the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that helps in regulating mood.

Common side effects

Nausea, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Palpitations, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Rash, Agitation, Anxiety, Chills, Constipation, Delayed ejaculation, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Altered taste, Difficulty in urination, Ejaculatory pain, Headache, Impotence, Inability to empty the urinary bladder, Inability to sit, Inability to stand still, Increased blood pressure, Increased sweating, Infection, Insomnia, Accomodation disturbance, Accomodation disorder, Loss of appetite, Tachycardia, Vasodilation, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Take Reboxetine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take it more often or for a longer period of time. 
  • You may have to take Reboxetine at least for 4 weeks or longer before you begin to feel better. 
  • Do not discontinue the use of Reboxetine, unless the doctor has advised you. This may increase the chances of side effects.
  • Reboxetine should be taken with food to minimize the chances of an upset stomach. 
  • Avoid driving after taking as it may cause drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness and confusion. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Reboxetine, it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness. 
  • Reboxetine may cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour changes. 
  • Reboxetine causes sleepiness, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping (insomnia).

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is reboxetine an SSRI/ a stimulant/ good for anxiety?
Reboxetine is an antidepressant that belongs to class of medicines called norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. It is not a stimulant and it is used in acute treatment of depressive illness including major depression

Q. Does reboxetine cause weight gain/ weight loss?
Reboxetine is not known to cause weight gain or loss. However, please consult your doctor regarding its use.

Content on this page was last updated on 10 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)