Who is agomelatine for and who needs to take extra care?
Who is agomelatine for?
Agomelatine is for adults with depression. It is not available on the PBS.
People who should take extra care with agomelatine
Make sure you tell your doctor if you have, or have had in the past, any of the following conditions (you might need to take extra precautions, or another medicine might be more suitable):
- bipolar disorder
- liver problems
- excessive alcohol consumption.
Get advice, either directly from your doctor or from a specialist information line, about taking antidepressants if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about becoming pregnant. See Antidepressants, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Find out more about
- What agomelatine does and how effective it is
- Side effects of agomelatine
- Interactions with agomelatine
- Brands of agomelatine
If you are starting agomelatine, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.
For more information
- Starting, switching and stopping antidepressants
- Managing side effects of antidepressants
- Psychological therapies
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.
- Rossi S, ed. eAMH [online]. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook, 2012. www.amh.net.au. (Accessed 9 February 2012).
- Servier Laboratories (Aust) Pty Ltd. Valdoxan consumer medicine information. July 2010.
- Servier Laboratories (Aust) Pty Ltd. Valdoxan product information. 8 July 2011. www.ebs.tga.gov.au/ebs/picmi/picmirepository.nsf/pdf?OpenAgent&id=CP-2010-PI-07273-3 (Accessed 22 March 2012).
- Therapeutic Goods Administration. Australian Public Assessment Report for agomelatine. Canberra: TGA, 2010. www.tga.gov.au/pdf/auspar/auspar-valdoxan.pdf (Accessed 7 March 2012).