Fluoxetine 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 panic and obsessive disorders.
Q. What is Mentol 20mg Tablet? What is it used for?
Mentol 20mg Tablet is an antidepressant drug and belongs to the class of selective serotonin re−uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). In adults, this medicine is used to treat major depressive episodes, eating disorder (bulimia nervosa) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In children and adolescents aged eight years and above, it is used to treat moderate to severe major depressive disorder.
Q. Does Mentol 20mg Tablet cause sleepiness?
Somnolence (sleepiness) is a common side effect of Mentol 20mg Tablet. However, Mentol 20mg Tablet can also cause other sleep problems like insomnia (inability to sleep) and abnormal dreams. You must talk to your doctor if you experience sleep problems while taking Mentol 20mg Tablet.
Q. Does Mentol 20mg Tablet cause weight gain?
Mentol 20mg Tablet does not cause weight gain, rather it causes weight loss, which is a common side effect seen with its use. Weight loss is usually proportional to baseline body weight. Please consult your doctor if you experience a change in weight while taking Mentol 20mg Tablet.
Q. Does Mentol 20mg Tablet make you tired?
Mentol 20mg Tablet can make you feel tired. Fatigue (extreme tiredness) is a very common side effect of Mentol 20mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive tiredness while taking it as the dose may need to be changed.
Q. Does Mentol 20mg Tablet cause nausea?
Nausea is a very common side effect of Mentol 20mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive nausea while taking Mentol 20mg Tablet.
Q. How long can I take Mentol 20mg Tablet for?
You should take Mentol 20mg Tablet only for the duration advised by your doctor. You should not stop the medicine without consulting your doctor.
Q. Can I take Mentol 20mg Tablet with paracetamol?
Mentol 20mg Tablet can be taken with paracetamol. However, when taken together paracetamol can increase the antidepressant effect of Mentol 20mg Tablet. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines as there could be other effects of using the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Mentol 20mg Tablet with birth control pills?
Mentol 20mg Tablet can be taken with birth control pills. No drug-drug interactions have been reported between the two. However, this does not mean that interactions cannot occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Is Mentol 20mg Tablet addictive?
No, Mentol 20mg Tablet is not addictive in nature. No habit-forming potential has been seen with its use. Always follow your doctor's advice regarding the duration of its use.
Q. Is Mentol 20mg Tablet safe in pregnancy?
There have been some reports showing an increased risk of birth defects affecting the heart in babies when the mother took Mentol 20mg Tablet during the first few months of pregnancy. When taken during the last three months of pregnancy, it may increase the risk of a serious condition in babies, called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). In this condition, the baby breathes faster and appears bluish. These symptoms usually begin during the first 24 hours after the baby is born. So, it is advisable not to use Mentol 20mg Tablet during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 28th Sep 2021. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.