Stablon (Tianeptine) 12.5mg is prescribed for those having mild to severe level of depressive disorders as well as irritable bowel syndrome and asthma. It is very safe and unlike other antidepressant drugs as its side effects is few. It elevates the mood since it reduces the effect of serotonin in the limbic system.
Dosage and Administration
Stablon 12.5mg is a tablet that is normally prescribed to be taken three times a day. This is because the period of action is very short. In older patients and those suffering from renal failure, the dosage could be brought down to two tablets a day. It is usually prescribed for a period of six months or for as long as your doctor thinks necessary.
Stablon has to be taken with a glass of water just before meals. This prevents stomach upsets. It should be taken only on the advice of a doctor and cannot be discontinued at will. Sudden discontinuation of this medication could cause withdrawal symptoms that are quite severe. If you miss a dose, you can take the tablet if only an hour or so has passed. However, if it has been longer, then it is better to skip that dose and that the next one.
Tianeptine does cause certain side effects but not as much as other anti-depressants. Some of the side effects are as listed below:
- Dry mouth
Other less common side effects that are more serious in nature include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Muscle or joint pain
It is important to inform your doctor about your medical history before Stablon is prescribed for you. You should also mention if you:
- are pregnant or are trying to conceive
- are breast feeding
- have any allergies
- are taking any other medication
- are taking any supplements or any herbal medicines
Since Stablon 12.5mg can cause drowsiness, it is important that the patient avoids jobs that require a high level of alertness such as driving, handling large machinery, etc.
Drug Interactions with Stablon:
It is known that Tianeptine reacts with monoamine oxidase inhibitors. It could cause convulsions, hyperthermia, and cardiovascular effects like hypertension or cardiovascular collapse and in extreme cases, even death. It is, therefore, advisable that a gap of at least two weeks is maintained, between the two medications.