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Isocarboxazid - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Isocarboxazid is used to treat depression.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Isocarboxazid exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by the doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

Isocarboxazid must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- liver disease
- heart disease
- poor blood flow to the brain
- phaeochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal gland)
as Isocarboxazid may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Isocarboxazid if you are currently taking a certain types of medicine to treat depression such as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). If treatment with SSRI is needed, start treatment with SSRI 14 days after stopping Isocarboxazid. Do not use Isocarboxazid within 5 weeks of fluoxetine discontinuation.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:

- kidney disease
- diabetes
- blood disorders
- seizure disorder
- suicidal thoughts

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Always keep your appointments with your doctor so that he will be able to monitor your response to Isocarboxazid.

What lifestyle changes should I make to cope with depression?

Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help increase energy and hormones in the body such as serotonin, endorphins and other feel-good chemicals that minimise mood swings. Get enough sleep, as lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness, sadness, and tiredness.

What side effects could I experience?

Isocarboxazid may make you drowsy or dizzy. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

You may feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking this medicine for the first time. This is common and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.

Other side effects include any of the following: constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, difficulty sleeping and dry mouth.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- seizure
- difficulty passing urine
- jerky motion
- confusion
- other behavioral changes

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Isocarboxazid if you are currently taking a certain types of medicine to treat depression such as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). If treatment with SSRI is needed, start treatment with SSRI 14 days after stopping Isocarboxazid. Do not use Isocarboxazid within 5 weeks of fluoxetine discontinuation.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- anti-Parkinson's medicines e.g. levodopa, dopamine
- medicine used to treat epilepsy e.g. carbamazepine
- medicines for colds and allergies
- medicine for severe pain e.g. pethidine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Isocarboxazid.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and food or high protein food that has been processed by aging, fermentation, pickling or smoking such as cheese, meat, beer, wine, yeast spreads such as Marmite, or soya sauce. Also avoid fava beans, broad bean pods, and excessive amounts of chocolate, tea and coffee.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place, protected from light, and away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Isocarboxazid - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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