. I discovered that when I went to have my monthly script filled. None at any drugstore here. Luckily I have enough to last 2 months. Teva says it is on backorder. I hope so, I hve taken it for 10 years and for the first time in my life I am not depressed or anxious. Anyone heard if they are going to stop making this drug?
There is a shortage of nefazodone, are they going to stop making it? Did it use to be called serzone
Added 7 May 2012:
does any one there take nefazodone or as it used to be called serzone.
Added 30 May 2012:
nefazodone 100 and 150 are back in stock and available at the pharmacies
My wife is as desperate as many others in this stream. I just called Teva, and they told me that the expect to ship to warehouses in 2 to 4 weeks. It should appear in pharmacies in 4 to 6 weeks. More importantly, the TEVA customer service rep said they know of no plans to discontinue Nefazodone production.
Serzone was taken off the market in Europe in 2003 and in the US in May 2004 (Google for info). However, the generic for Serzone, Nefazadone, continued to be sold and was deemed to be safe for use and for further research and development. I have taken it since 1998 and it is the only medication that controls my depression. I know because when Serzone was taken off the market in the US, I spent a year trying other depression meds and none of them worked. I heard from my AARP Plan D - prescription med insurance - (United Healthcare) on April 11, 2012 and they told me by phone that they could not fill my 3 month prescription because they were out and because Teva had stopped manufacturing it. They also said that Teva gave them (United Healthcare) no reason for stopping production. United Healthcare said they expected to be resupplied and would be able to fill my prescription in mid May. Now they say mid June.
On April 11, United Healthcare also told me to call around to see if I could find a drugstore that could fill my prescription for a month. Luckily I found one and even more luckily, I got a refill this week. However, that drugstore doesn't have any nefazadone now. Both my doctor and I are highly concerned about the continued availability of nefazadone. As several of you have mentioned, you can't just stop taking nefazadone and start taking another med. You have to titrate off, that is, very slowly reduce the amount you are taking. If you do not titrate off, you will go into wirthdrawal fairly quickly -- and that can be horrendous. I suspect titrating off could take a month or more. So since no one knows whether nefazadone is going to be available again and Teva is not telling anyone, those of us who take nefazadone don't know what to do. Do we start titrating off? Or do we continue taking nefazadone in the hopes that Teva will start producing it again? If only there were some oversight or regulatory commission to which we could complain about this situation; however, it's us versus Teva. Let's hope Teva has a heart.
To date 6/18/12 I was told they Pharmacists have NO info on nefazodone being on back order, I have taken since they took Serzone off the market back in 2004. There should be some notification given re: when and why it was taken off market. It next to serzone was the most effective anti-deressant I've EVER taken. I was also told the sales were down for the nefazodone so they decided to stop manufacturing. They should've jacked the prices up on those such as myself because it was a MIRACLE for me.
I am so pleased that I have found this posting and those of others who are using nefazodone. This medication has saved my life and career. I have been on it for 15 years and recently had to go a number of days without the medication and had a rebound depression after being so well the last decade. I am physician, but this has not made it easy for me to get access to this medication.
Unfortunately, I live in Canada and must travel to the US to get this medication.
I would like to invite those of you using nefazodone to contact me, so that we can organize ourselves and lobby to ensure this drug continues to be made by generic companies. We must also remind the FDA of the need to keep this drug available in the US, as one day they may consider banning it due to liver concerns.
Lets get a website going, tell our stories in confidence, lobby for continued access and safeguard our health.
I see this post was a year ago but I was recently prescribed this medication. I went to four different pharmacies and no one had it. I decided to take it to the hospital pharmacy that prescribed it and they didn't have it in stock. I had to miss 3 doses waiting on the original pharmacy to order it. When I know I am about due for a refill I will call ahead of time so that it can be ordered and ready when I need it.
- Nefazodone Information for Consumers
- Nefazodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nefazodone (detailed)
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