Serzone uses are primarily for the treatment of depression in adults. Occasionally, however, a healthcare provider may also recommend the antidepressant for treating other conditions. "Off-label" Serzone uses may include the treatment of social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder. The medication is not approved for use in children.
Serzone® (nefazodone hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Suicidal thoughts.
Serzone has been proven in large clinical trials to help adults with depression. However, keep in mind that many antidepressants (including Serzone) take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your depression symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first, sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. Unlike many other antidepressants, Serzone may begin relieving your depression symptoms within one or two weeks, although sometimes it can take up to four weeks to start working.
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medications to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).