Azafen: instructions for use, indications, price
Release form and composition
The international unpatented official name of the drug is pipofezin, which is also the main component of the drug. Pipofesin is a yellow-green powder. It is well soluble in water and practically insoluble in alcohol.
The pharmacological group is triceclic antidepressants.
Available in pill form. In one tablet 25 mg of pipofesin hydrochloride. Additional ingredients are:
- microcrystalline cellulose;
- lactose monohydrate;
It has an antidepressant and sedative effect. It causes the production of norepinephrine and serotonint, which allows to relieve bouts of depression. On pharmacological properties close to imipramine, but unlike it does not have anticholinergic activity. Also has no cardiotoxic action.Quickly absorbed into the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract. Excreted through the kidneys.
"Azafen" is widely used in the elimination of depressive states of various origin. Use after treatment with stronger drugs is possible. "Azafen" may be appointed in the following cases:
- depression on the background of somatic diseases;
- Anxiety-depressive syndromes;
- manic-depressive syndrome;
- astheno-neurotic syndrome.
Especially effective drug for mild and moderate forms of depression. In the presence of deep form "Azafen" can be combined with other drugs. Due to the good tolerance of the drug, many diseases can be treated. There is information about the treatment of depressive conditions with the help of the drug for ischemic heart disease. With deep alcoholic depressions, “Azaphen” first leads to an improvement in condition, and then eliminates lethargy and associated symptoms.
Among the contraindications are:
- individual intolerance of the components.
- renal and liver failure.
- heart attack.
- suffered a stroke.
- infectious diseases.
It is also prohibited to take during pregnancy and lactation. Children should take the drug under the close supervision of a physician.
Dosing and Administration
Tablets are taken orally twice a day, after meals. The average dosage is 25-50 mg, but can be increased to 200 mg. The duration of treatment is from 1 month to a year. Dosage and treatment with a drug is determined by the doctor.
The drug does not cause drowsiness or a feeling of fear. However, it has some side effects:
- allergic reaction;
- nausea and vomiting.
In this case, you need to consult a doctor. Usually, to eliminate these symptoms you need to reduce the dosage.
Alcohol is prohibited during treatment. Periodically, you should check the work of the liver and kidneys. You should also abandon classes that require increased attention.
Analogs and price of the drug
There are no direct analogues of the drug. However, there are drugs that are similar in mechanism of action:
The cost of "Azafen" for a package containing 50 tablets is about 200 rubles. Released in pharmacies strictly by prescription.
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