Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about CLOBEMIX™.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking CLOBEMIX™ against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What is CLOBEMIX™
The name of your medicine is CLOBEMIX™.
CLOBEMIX™ belongs to a group of medicines called antidepressants.
It contains the active ingredient called moclobemide.
CLOBEMIX™ is available in two strengths: 150 mg and 300 mg tablets.
What CLOBEMIX™ is used for
Antidepressants are used to treat depression and work on the central nervous system. They are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals called amines, which are involved in controlling mood.
There are many different types of medicines used to treat depression. CLOBEMIX™ belongs to a group of medicines called reversible inhibitors of monoamine oxidase A (RIMA).
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed CLOBEMIX™ for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why CLOBEMIX™ has been prescribed for you. This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take CLOBEMIX™
Do not take CLOBEMIX™ if:
- You have ever had an allergic reaction to CLOBEMIX™ or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
- You are suffering from severe confusion
- You are taking clomipramine (Anafranil) or selegiline (Eldepryl)
Taking CLOBEMIX™ with these medicines may cause a serious reaction called serotonin syndrome. This can cause a sudden increase in body temperature, increase in blood pressure and convulsions.
Do not take CLOBEMIX™ after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. It may have no effect at all or, worse, an entirely unexpected effect if you take it after the expiry date.
Do not take CLOBEMIX™ if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or if the tablets appear damaged in some way.
If you are not sure if you should be taking CLOBEMIX™, talk to your doctor.
You must tell your doctor if:
- You are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
- You have any other health problems including:
- high blood pressure
- thyrotoxicosis, a condition of excessive thyroid hormones
- mental illness other than depression
- phaechromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal gland
- Liver disease
- you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
- you are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using CLOBEMIX™ when pregnant and while breastfeeding.
Use in children and adolescents (<18 years)
CLOBEMIX™ is not recommended for use in children and adolescents less than 18 years of age. The safety and efficacy of CLOBEMIX™ in this age group has not been established.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including any that you have bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some commonly used medicines that may interfere with CLOBEMIX™ are:
- cimetidine (Tagamet) a medicine used to treat stomach ulcers or reflux
- dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant found in some cough and cold medicines
- pethidine a strong pain killer
- medicines used to relieve migraine (sumatriptan, rizatriptan, naratriptan, zolmitriptan, buspirone)
- Betaloc and Minax as examples of metoprolol medicines.
Other antidepressant medicines may interfere with CLOBEMIX™ such as:
- fluoxetine (Prozac)
- paroxetine (Aropax)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
- amitryptyline (Tryptanol)
- nortriptyline (Allegron)
Moclobemide may cause an additional drop in blood pressure if you are taking metoprolol.
Your doctor or pharmacist has a complete list of medicines to avoid while taking CLOBEMIX™.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking CLOBEMIX™.
How to take CLOBEMIX™
Use CLOBEMIX™ exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how many CLOBEMIX™ tablets to take each day.
How to take it
Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
It may be possible to change from other antidepressants to CLOBEMIX™ by ceasing the other antidepressant one day and starting CLOBEMIX™ the next, however you should follow your doctor's instructions carefully and report any unexpected effects if they occur.
When to take it
CLOBEMIX™ should be taken morning and evening at the end of your meal.
How long to take CLOBEMIX™
For depression, the length of treatment will depend on how quickly your symptoms improve. Most antidepressants take time to work so don't be discouraged if you don't feel better right away.
Some of your symptoms may improve in 1 or 2 weeks but it can take up to 4 or 6 weeks to feel any real improvement. Even when you feel well, you will usually have to take CLOBEMIX™ for several months or even longer to make sure the benefits will last.
Continue taking it until your doctor tells you to stop.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember then go back to taking it as soon as you would normally.
Do not double a dose to make up for one you have missed.
In case of an overdose
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much CLOBEMIX™ , even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Keep telephone numbers for these places handy.
Some signs and symptoms of overdose include convulsions, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, slurred speech, reduced reflexes and agitation.
If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are taking CLOBEMIX™
Things you must do
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking CLOBEMIX™.
Do not take any other medicines, whether they require a prescription or not, without first telling your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while taking CLOBEMIX™.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.
Tell your doctor if you feel the tablets are not helping your condition. If you are being treated for depression, be sure to discuss with your doctor any problems you may have and how you feel. This will help your doctor to determine the best treatment for you.
Be sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked.
CLOBEMIX™ is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under 18 years. However, parents and caregivers of children and adolescents being treated with any antidepressants for major depressive disorder or for any other condition (psychiatric or nonpsychiatric) should closely monitor them for any symptoms of agitation, irritability, unusual changes in behaviour, as well as the emergence of thoughts of suicide, and to report such symptoms immediately to their doctor. It is particularly important that monitoring be undertaken during the first few months of antidepressant treatment or at times of dose increase or decrease.
Watch carefully for signs that your depression or anxiety is getting worse, especially in the first few weeks of treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms, especially if they are severe, you have not had these symptoms before or they happen very suddenly.
- Anxiety or agitation
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hostility or impulsiveness
- Overactivity or uninhibited behaviour
- Thoughts of suicide
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any thoughts about suicide or doing harm to yourself. All thoughts or talk about suicide or violence are serious. If you or someone you know is showing the following warning signs, either contact your doctor or a mental health advisor right away or go to the nearest hospital for treatment:
- Thoughts or talk about death or suicide
- Thoughts or talk about self-harm or doing harm to others
- Any recent attempts of self-harm
- An increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking CLOBEMIX™ or lower the dose without first checking with your doctor.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine over the weekend or on holidays.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else even if his or her symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use CLOBEMIX™ to treat other complaints unless your doctor says to.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how CLOBEMIX™ affects you. CLOBEMIX™ causes dizziness in some people at first.
Although drinking alcohol is unlikely to affect your response to CLOBEMIX™, your doctor may suggest avoiding alcohol while you are being treated for depression.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking CLOBEMIX™. CLOBEMIX™ helps most people with depression but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
In the first week or two you may experience:
Sleep disturbances, dizziness, nausea and headache.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- disturbed sleep
- upset stomach
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
- feeling of fullness
- skin rash
- feeling of confusion
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on this list.
Stop taking CLOBEMIX™ and contact your doctor or go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital if any of the following happens:
- allergic reaction including swelling of limbs, face, lips, mouth or throat which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing.
- Sudden increase in body temperature, agitation, shivering, severe convulsions
- Fast heart beat, sweating, muscle spasm, racing thoughts, restlessness
- (see also Things you must do – warning signs of suicide.)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After taking CLOBEMIX™
Keep CLOBEMIX™ where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Keep CLOBEMIX™ in a cool dry place where it stays below 25°C. Protect from moisture.
Do not store it, or any other medicine, in a bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on windowsills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your tablets in the packaging until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the packaging they may not keep well.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking CLOBEMIX™, or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
What CLOBEMIX™ looks like
CLOBEMIX™ comes in two strengths.
CLOBEMIX™ 150 mg – yellow, round, biconvex film coated tablets, scored on one side.
CLOBEMIX™ 300 mg – white to yellowish-white, oblong, biconvex film coated tablets, scored on one side.
Each CLOBEMIX™ 150 mg tablet contains 150 mg of moclobemide.
Each CLOBEMIX™ 300 mg tablet contains 300 mg of moclobemide.
- Sodium starch glycollate
- Starch-pregelatinised maize
- Magnesium stearate
- PEG-8 stearate
- Propylene glycol
- Titanium dioxide
- Iron oxide yellow (150mg only)
CLOBEMIX™ tablets are gluten free.
Both strengths are available in blister packs containing 60 tablets.
Australian Registration Numbers:
CLOBEMIX™ 150 mg tablets AUST R 78256
CLOBEMIX™ 300 mg tablets AUST R 78258
Amneal Pharma Australia Pty Ltd
12 River Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
This leaflet was prepared in July 2015.
Published by MIMS June 2017