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 back-order. I hope so, I have 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
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
Is teva the only manufacturer of the generic? Is the brand name a consideration if its not back in time for you?
Serzone was the brand name. I'm pretty sure they have been discontinued.
Nefazodone are on back order. Teva estimates a release date in mid-to-late May, 2012.
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 Health Care) 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 Health Care) no reason for stopping production. United Health Care 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 Health Care 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.
Refilled my nefazodone today at Walgreen's and was told any further refills may be problematic due to a back order with the manufacturer. Anyone know if this has been taken care of?? I've been on this med for 15 years and have found no other that works as well for me.
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.
Here we are Feb 2019 and I went to refill my Nefazodone ( That I have been on religiously for 22 years ) And was told by that Particular Pharmacy that they could not get it, Manufacturer stopped making it ! PANIC CITY for me, I was like WHAT ? Said Back Order till March or April, but the Pharmacist I talked to, said he had seen this before on older unpopular Meds, fist back order, then long term back order, then finally discontinued... So that was no help to my nerves, as Nefazodone saved my life for 22 years, and allowed me to live, work, be a Dad, Husband etc... I was lucky to find another Pharmacy that had a few bottles to hold me for a few more months, HOPEFULLY it will be back in production distributed to Pharmacies so I can resume it without interruption...
22 years folks, I am 48, almost HALF my life ! I could not even stand how not having this medicine, or being forced to get off of it cause it would not be made no more, would DESTROY my life ! I am not Broke, so I do not need unnecessary fixing... Doctors, and Pharmacists, and Manufacturers have NO IDEA, what Hell this would be for someone like me who has been on it this long 22 years to try to switch or come off of... It is EXCELLENT, my liver tests for all these years have been fine, most recent 2 months ago.. Nefazodone was a GOD SEND for me, and probably a few others also... Even though it is not popular, PLEASE Doctors, and Manufacturer realize how CRITICAL this drug is to those of us lie me 22 years whom it saved...
I found out when I got upset with Walmart for not having my prescription ready when I had called it in a week earlier. When they told me that it was on backorder and they were having trouble getting it the pharmacist was kind enough to call pharmacies in the surrounding area and had found the pharmacy that carried it in the 250 which was higher than what I took but was going to check with my doctor to see if they could call the prescription in to that other Pharmacy and that we could just somehow or another alter taking a 250 and a one and a half a 250 to make it close to 400 mg per day. I have been panicking because I called 20 pharmacies and nobody had any within a 25 mile area and only one pharmacist told me that I should call the manufacturer directly and see if they have a patient assistance program. I did call I had to leave a message and today is Thursday October 15th that call was placed on Monday I had to leave a message and no one to return my call yet in regards to it.
Tomorrow I will be calling again to see if I can get through and find out what's going on I have been on that medication for probably close to 15 or 16 years and it works for me in curbing the anxiety. My doctor at different times when I would be laid off from jobs try me on different medications none of them which were effective and cause other side effects that were not tolerable. I suggest a call to Teva. I called the facility in Montgomery county, Pa. I do not know if it is manufactured there or where as the have facilities around the world.
I have also been told that it has been taken off the market I went into total panic mode when I called my psychiatrist she told me that I was going to have to switch antidepressants I only have two months left of my nefazodone to do this I’m in complete panic mode because I have no idea what to expect. I have been on this antidepressant for 23 years and it helps me so much. If we could get some answers that would be great!
Yea, been through this before. Hopefully they can sort it out. Always wondered if there were many other folks on this med. Has been helpful for me for many years. Tried trazodone before taking the Nef, not the same at all in my case. Thanks for the info and updates from everyone.
I called Teva USA's customer service number today and they said that Nefazodone has not been discontinued. It is listed as temporarily unavailable in all doses and they have no timeframe for when it will be available again. Take that for what it's worth. I'm gonna give Trazodone a try when my current supply runs out. Wish me luck.
P.S. Has anyone tried Viibryd? Viibryd and Trazodone are the two listed replacements according to my insurance company. Going with Trazodone first since it is supposed to be fairly closely related chemically to Nefazodone.
I just want to share my experience too. I have been on 500 mgs of Nefazone nightly and 300mgs of Wellbutrin in the mornings for 20 years and recently heard the Nefazodone was discontinued. I panicked, met with my psychiatrist and we decided that I would taper it and see how I do without it
My taper schedule was:
1 1/2 pills or 375mgs nightly for 2 weeks
1 pill or 250 mgs for 2 weeks
1 pill or 125 mgs for 2 weeks.
I have been completely off of it for 2 weeks and dont feel any different except I am not sleeping as well and I have bizarre dreams, but nothing that resembles anxiety or depression or any side effects. If I start having symptoms, we are probably going to try the Trazodone in addition to the Wellbutrin, but my fingers are crossed that I can get by without it.
Good luck everyone!
I have been on Serzone/Nefazodone since 1998. I have tried most other antidepressants, but none works for me! I was due to get a refill the end of December, but haven't been able to get it. Luckily, I was prescribed a dose of 350 mg per day. I have gradually reduced my dose to 250 mg/ day, and now I take 250 mg every other day. I'm almost out, though. I hate to see what happens when I run out!
When I called Tea today (Feb. 2, 2021), they couldn't tell me if or when they would be producing the drug again. NOTHING else works for me! I have a doctor's appointment next week. I'm praying he can work a miracle!
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