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
Question posted by lind22844 on 4 May 2012
Last updated on 30 August 2022
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
Yes, it used to be called Serzone. I also cannot get nefazadone.
I have been on Nefazedone for 27 years and was concerned that I couldn’t get a refill. About one year ago I had to add Trintellix 10 mg to my Nefazedone 200mg since more didn’t get rid of my depression. My doctor told me it was similar to Nefazedone. It is expensive if your insurance doesn’t cover it although the company does give discounts depending on your income. I have needed to take trazodone 25 mg for sleep since I can’t get Nefazedone. I too would want to go back on a low dose of Nefazedone again if it becomes available because it works well for my anxiety and depression. I would recommend trying Trintellix. Check it out.
I just contacted FDA drug shortage with this message. Please call and email them and feel free to use any part of this message. The FDA email and phones number is below.
I am writing to report a very long drug shortage of nefazadone made by Teva that says they are missing an ingredient. It has been 8 months, and those like myself who have been immensely helped by this medication would like this to be resolved so that the medication can be back in supply and available. Please respond to my email and let me know exactly how I can work with you to bring this drug immediately back on the market. Please call Teva in Israel and the US to ask them how FDA can remedy the situation. Please convey to your colleagues, Teva, and the company that has the missing ingredient to make this a priority!
Hundreds of Thousands of Americans rely on this treatment and we sincerely request your immediate action
Contact CDER Drug Shortages by email: email@example.com
Contact CDER Drug Shortages by phone: (240) 402-7770
Here's a message from Teva:
"We wish we had better news, but all strengths of Nefazodone Hydrochloride Tablets, USP are temporarily unavailable with no release date. They have been in that status since 8/31/20. We apologize for any inconveniences you have experienced with the availability of this product. We recommend that you speak with your physician for an alternative. We are keeping a list of patients and physicians who are contacting us regarding this product. If you would like to be added to this list, please provide your contact phone number and email address for future updates regarding Nefazodone availability. This information will only be kept until the issue with the Nefazodone has been resolved."
Teva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-545-8800. They are the only manufacturer of nefazodone medication.
I have been taking Nefazodone for almost 18 years. I started having problems getting it filled starting in September of 2020. As of January 2021 I have not been able to get my prescription filled. Luckily I had an extra month's supply on hand so my doctor has started weaning me off of it. I'm terrified as it was the ONLY medication I was able to take that took care of my depression and a lot of my anxiety. When I started taking Nefazodone my life was much different and I had not been in therapy very long. Over the years of therapy and learning new tools to use to help me with different stressful situations, I have been wondering if I could stop taking this medication... unfortunately, Big Pharma didn't give me that choice to continue or stop taking it. I find this to be HORRIBLE and inexcusable for any drug manufacture to do this to hundreds of thousands of people when their life depends on this medication.
I'm praying I can either find another medication that had such few side effects for me, especially not causing me to gain weight or that I do not need to take anything any longer. My life was going good, I'm healthy and happy as I'm stable with the medication... I pray it will remain that way or I will be able to find something close to replace it if necessary.
Teva has nefazodone on shortage due to raw ingredient supply issues. They are the sole suppliers of nefazodone tablets.
Teva has all presentations temporarily unavailable and the company cannot estimate a release date.
Updated January 26, 2021 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created September 14, 2020 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. © 2021, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
I am also out of serzone and transitioning to trazodone. First there was nausea for about three days, then all seemed ok. That was several weeks ago. Now I have daily headaches. Nothing debilitating but I am sure it is not healthy to be taking ibuprofen for headaches on a daily basis. I plan to call Teva tomorrow to see if I can actually speak to someone. If I get through, will post results.
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!
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 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.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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