Serzone, also called nefazodone in generic form, is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant drug used to treat different forms of depression. In the early 2000s, Serzone was pulled from the market and discontinued due to reports of severe liver damage associated with its use, however the generic form is still available. Nefazone works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine – both naturally-occurring chemicals found in the brain that help to regulate a person’s mood.
There are serious side effects associated with this drug – most notably those involving liver damage. Yellowing of the skin or eyes can indicate jaundice and medical advice should be sought. Other side effects can include insomnia, dizziness, vision problems, hallucinations, confusion, convulsions, unusual thoughts, increased appetite, seizure, penis erection lasting 4 or more hours, and suicidal thoughts.
Nefazodone can be addictive as can any other mood-altering drug. Its use should not be stopped suddenly as some of the side effects can kick in as withdrawal occurs. The unpleasant nature of these can lead the user to continue use as a means of avoiding the side effects or possibly encountering a relapse to a point where the original symptoms are felt.
Reliance on using nefazodone or a reluctance to discontinue its use is of concern, however help to break this cycle is available. To learn more about Serzone and nefazodone, check out the frequently asked questions or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn more.