Sarafem is a form of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Sarafem is able to have an effect on different chemicals inside of the brain that can be out of balance in people who have depression, panic, anxiety or different obsessive compulsive symptoms. Sarafem is used in order to provide treatment for serious depression disorders, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
In addition to this Sarafem can also be used in combination with another drug called Olanzapine (Zyprexa) in order to treat manic depression brought on by bipolar disorder. These two are used to help depression after other medications (usually at least 2) were tried and didn’t work in order to help the symptoms. There are other uses for this medication not mentioned here, but these other uses are best left to the discretion of a qualified medical professional.
What are some of the potential common side effects a user might be at risk of experiencing if they use this drug for their condition?
Sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams
Headache, dizziness, vision changes
Tremors or shaking, feeling anxious or nervous
Pain, weakness, yawning, tired feeling
Upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Dry mouth, sweating, hot flashes
Changes in weight or appetite
Stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat, flu symptoms
Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
How is a doctor going to be sure that prescribing you Sarafem is going to provide you with the result they are looking for?
In order to know if a certain medication will work for you a doctor needs to have a good idea of how serious your condition is. This is important, because if there is some other treatment that could work for you then that might be considered as an option first. Besides from this certain things will be looked at, primarily the risk/benefit side of things. Some people aren’t going to react to a drug well. There could be several reasons for this, but the main reason is usually due to a person using other medications.
If the benefit is higher than the risk (meaning that your risk of experiencing serious side effects is low) then you’ll be considered for use of this drug. If it was felt like there was a chance it wouldn’t work well for you, then you might be tested on it for a short period of time where a doctor would want to evaluate you from time to time. Understand that there isn’t any sure way to know if Sarafem is going to work for your particular case. Most of the time the decision is going to be made based on information in your medical history or how other patients with the same condition have responded in the past.
What you can do is monitor your symptoms on your own so when do check in with a doctor you can inform them better. This will also enable them to know if a dosage change is needed. Taking you off of it and putting you on something else would be an option, but first it would need to be established that you did nothing wrong to interfere with the effectiveness of the drug. If this is the case, then you might continue such habits even if you used another treatment.