VENTAB XL 37.5MG contain venlafaxine which belongs to a group of medicine called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It is used to treat depression and other conditions, such as anxiety disorders. Depression is a mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. It is also called as major depressive disorders or clinical depression.
Anxiety disorder is a chronic condition characterized by an excessive and persistent sense of apprehensions, with physical symptom such as sweating, palpitations and feelings of stress. It works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers (serotonin and noradrenaline), natural substances in the brain that help maintain mental balance.
Always take VENTAB XL 37.5MG exactly as your doctor has told you. This medicine must be taken with food. This medicine is strictly not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years. Before taking this medicine tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney disease, heart disease, liver problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking this medicine.
USES OF VENTAB XL 37.5MG
Treat depression and other conditions, such as anxiety disorders
HOW VENTAB XL 37.5MG WORKS
VENTAB XL 37.5MG works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers (serotonin and noradrenaline), natural substances in the brain that helps in maintaining mental balance.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Always take VENTAB XL 37.5MG exactly as your doctor has told you. It must be taken with food. Try to take this medicine at the same time each day. It should be swallowed whole with water. Do not crush or chew the medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS OF VENTAB XL 37.5MG
Chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, trouble swallowing or breathing
Severe skin rash, itching or hive (elevated patches of red or pale skin that often itch)
Serotonin syndrome (symptom include restlessness, hallucinations, loss of coordination, fast heartbeat, increased body temperature, fast changes in blood pressure, overactive reflexes, diarrhoea, coma, nausea, vomiting)
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (symptoms include fever, fast heartbeat, sweating, severe muscle stiffness, confusion, increased muscle enzymes)
Signs of infection such as high temperature, chills, shivering, headaches, sweating
Rhabdomyolysis symptoms such as unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
Black (tarry) stools or blood in stools
Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) (symptoms include itchiness, yellow skin or eyes, or dark urine)
Psychiatric problem such as hyperactivity and feeling unusually overexcited
Drowsiness, headache, dizziness
Nausea, dry mouth, constipation
Sweating (including sweats night)
Confusions, feeling separated (or detached) from yourself, lack of orgasm, decreased libido, agitation, nervousness, abnormal dream
Tremor, pins and needles, altered taste, increased muscle tonus
Visual disturbance including blurred vision, dilated pupil, inability of the eye to automatically change focus from distant to near object
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Increase in blood pressure, flushing
Shortness of breath, yawning
Mild rash, itching
Weakness (asthenia), fatigue, chills
Weight gain, weight loss
Excessive water intake (known as SIADH)
Decrease in blood sodium levels
Severe abdominal or back pain (which could indicate serious problem in the gut, liver, pancreas)
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS
Apply hot or cold-water bag on your head. Take rest in a quiet and dark room. Drink tea or coffee.
Get up and move around to feel awake, take small naps to edge off the sleepiness. Give your eyes a break to avoid fatigue and eat a healthy food to boost energy.
Nausea and Vomiting:
Try taking this medicine with, or just after, a meal or snack and stick to simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food.
Take fibre rich foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and cereals, and drink plenty of water. Exercise more regularly.
Drink lot of fluid such as water or squash, to avoid dehydration. Do not take any other medicines without talking to a doctor.
Try to rest and relax. Eat and drink slowly or have smaller and frequent meals. Applying heat pad or covered hot water bottle on your stomach. If still pain persists, speak to your doctor.
WARNING & PRECAUTIONS
VENTAB XL 37.5MG is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
VENTAB XL 37.5MG is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
DRIVING AND USING MACHINES
Do not drive or use any tools or machines until you know how this medicine affects you.
Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with VENTAB XL 37.5MG.
VENTAB XL 37.5MG should be used with caution in patients suffering from active kidney diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.
VENTAB XL 37.5MG should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver function impairment or active liver diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.
Do not take VENTAB XL 37.5MG if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to venlafaxine or any other ingredients in this medicine.
VENTAB XL 37.5MG should be used with caution in patients suffering from active heart diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.
Tell your doctor if you have or had a condition such as,
Certain kinds of glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
History of high blood pressure
History of fits (seizures)
History of low sodium levels in your blood (hyponatraemia)
Tendency to develop bruises or bleed easily (history of bleeding disorders)
Mania or bipolar disorder (feeling over-excited or euphoric)
Sensation of restlessness or an inability to sit or stand still during the first few weeks of treatment
Talk to your doctor if you are taking,
Medicines used to treat depression
Triptans (used to treat migraine)
Amphetamines (used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and obesity)
Antibiotic such as linezolid, erythromycin or moxifloxacin, clarithromycin, telithromycin (used to treat bacterial infections)
Sibutramine (used for weight loss)
Tramadol, fentanyl, tapentadol, pethidine, or pentazocine (used to treat severe pain)
Dextromethorphan (used to treat coughing)
Methadone (used to treat opioid drug addiction or severe pain)
Methylene blue (used to treat high levels of methaemoglobin in the blood)
Herbal medicine such as St John’s-wort (hypericum perforatum) (used to treat mild depression)
Antipsychotics such as thioridazine, haloperidol, risperidone
Antihistamines (used to treat allergy)
Antiviral medicines such as atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir
Antifungal medicine such as itraconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, ketoconazole (used to treat fungal disease)
Medicines used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems