Optimax (Tryptophan) benefits and side effectsTweet
Active Ingredient: Tryptophan
Uses of Optimax:
Optimax is mainly used for treating severe, disabling depression. When depression occurs, there may be a decreased amount of serotonin released from nerve cells in the brain. When these chemicals are released from nerve cells they act to lighten mood.
By increasing the amount of serotonin able to be developed by the body, tryptophan increases the mood-lightening effect of serotonin.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How to Take Optimax:
Take this medicine as directed. It can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly without consulting with your doctor.
Side Effects of Optimax:
Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
- Weakness or tiredness
- Excitement or anxiety
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Skin rashes
- Changes in appetite or weight
Warnings and precautions for Optimax
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Optimax or any other drugs.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking or have taken within the last 2 weeks, especially anticoagulants; antihistamines; estrogens; fluoxetine; levodopa; lithium; MAO inhibitors; medication for high blood pressure, seizures, Parkinson's disease, asthma, colds, or allergies; methylphenidate; muscle relaxants; oral contraceptives; sedatives; sleeping pills; thyroid medication; tranquilizers; and vitamins.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, difficulty urinating, seizures, brain tumors, head injuries, an overactive thyroid gland, or liver, kidney, or heart disease.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Optimax, call your doctor immediately.
- If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Optimax.
- You should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
- Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
- Tell your doctor if you use tobacco products. Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of this drug.
- This medicine may cause low blood sodium levels (hyponatraemia), which can result in drowsiness, confusion, muscle twitching or convulsions. Consult your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms while taking this medicine.
What to do if you take Overdose of Optimax?
Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
What to do if you take Missed Dose of Optimax?
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
How to Store Optimax:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.