When and How to Take It
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Fetzima include the following:
- Fetzima comes in the form of a capsule. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take your dose with or without food. Try taking it with food if it upsets your stomach.
- This medication can be taken any time during the day. If it makes you drowsy, try taking it at night. If it causes insomnia, take it in the morning.
- You should take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- Fetzima should be swallowed whole. Do not cut, crush, or chew the capsules.
- Suddenly stopping medications like Fetzima can cause uncomfortable withdrawal-type symptoms (see Fetzima Withdrawal). If you need to stop taking this medication, your healthcare provider will likely slowly reduce your dose.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Fetzima will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of Fetzima your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to this medication
- Other drugs you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Fetzima Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of Fetzima
Just like any medicine, Fetzima can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common reactions seen with Fetzima include but are not limited to:
- Excessive sweating
- Increased heart rate.
(Click Fetzima Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)