My doc prescribed Sarafem for me (said it was like Prozac for PMS~it is fluoxetine hydrochloride). LOL! Yea, I guess I need it, but I've been on it for 3 days and today..boy! The headache from h***! It's finally gone, but here it is, after 11p, and I am not even tired! It says insomnia is a side effect (possible).
This drug is so new (I'm guessing) because it's not in my drug book, so I read the leaflet that came with it.
Has anyone else taken it? What were your side effects? Did you have any, or is it just me?
Don't know if I feel better yet, takes awhile to get into your system from what I've read.
let me know, ok?
Jun 12, '03
Julie-Serafem is Prozac-they just marketed it under the new name when they got approval to add PMS as an indication. It is an antidepressant of the SSRI category. Usually takes about a month to be fully effective. Should be taken in the AM to try to lessen the insomnia effect. Headaches are common, should resolve after a while. Call your MD and tell him/her just to be sure, if the headache was as bad as you say. If you have had any hx of depression, or s/s undiagnosed depression, this drug can exacerbate suicidal ideation-it is imperative that you tell the doc IMMEDIATELY if this occurs. You need to take it daily-not just when you are PMSing.
I have no personal experience with the drug, but have seen it used regularly in many of my patients as an antidepressant. (not so far for the PMS indication).
Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!
Last edit by RNPD on Jun 12, '03