Episenta (Sodium Valproate)

A small number of people being treated with antiepileptics such as sodium valproate have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, immediately contact your doctor. Women who are receiving treatment for epilepsy are 2 to 3 times more likely to have babies with deformities than in the general population.

Antipsychotic drugs

Antipsychotic drugs are also known as ‘neuroleptics’ and (misleadingly) as ‘major tranquillisers’. Antipsychotic drugs generally tranquillise without impairing consciousness and without causing paradoxical excitement but they should not be regarded merely as tranquillisers. For conditions such as schizophrenia the tranquillising effect is of secondary importance.

Strattera (Atomoxetine)

Strattera contains atomoxetine, which increases the amount of noradrenaline in the brain. This is a chemical in the brain that is produced naturally, which increases attention and decreases impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD. This medicine has been prescribed to help control the symptoms of ADHD.

Matrifen (Fentanyl)

In Matrifen transdermal patch the active substance fentanyl is deposited. Fentanyl is gradually released from the patch, passes through the skin and into the body, where it relieves severe and long-lasting pain, which can only be relieved by opioids. One transdermal patch relieves pain for 72 hours (3 days).

Xomolix (Droperidol)

Droperidol, the active ingredient in Xomolix, can increase the effects of sedatives such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines and morphine based products. It can also increase the effects of medication used to lower high blood pressure (antihypertensives) and a number of other medicines e.g. certain antifungals, antivirals, and antibiotics. Some medicines may also increase the effects of droperidol e.g. cimetidine (for gastric ulcers), ticlopidine (to prevent blood-clotting) and mibefradil (for angina).

Osmanil (Fentanyl)

Fentanyl is one of a group of strong painkillers called opioids. The painkiller, fentanyl, slowly passes from the patch, through the skin and into the body. Inform your doctor if you develop a fever during the treatment, as the increased body temperature may cause too much medicine to pass through the skin.