Agomelatine

Active ingredient: Agomelatine

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What is agomelatine?

Agomelatine is used to treat depression and some other illnesses. It acts on brain receptors for melatonin, a hormone that is important for regulating sleep, as well as serotonin receptors. Agomelatine is the only antidepressant that acts on melatonin receptors.

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If you are starting agomelatine, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.

You can also read more about depression and the options for treating it.

For more information

The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of agomelatine is available from our website or a pharmacist. The CMI includes:

  • how to take this medicine
  • what to do if you forget to take it
  • if you take too much (overdose)
  • things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
  • signs of severe reactions and what to do.
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