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Fostera 5mg Tablet

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Fostera 5mg Tablet Description

Fostera tablet is used to treat major depressive disorders that are resistant to other medications and depression in patients with Bipolar disorder. It has two active ingredients: fluoxetine and olan

zapine. It is an antidepressant medication. The mode of action of Fostera tablet is by balancing the brain's chemical substances that slow down the overworked nervous system. It also stabilises mood and improves behaviour. Depression is a mood disorder that affects the normal day to day life of a person, which lowers the quality of life. It can cause immensely low mood and loss of interest in life. The proper dosage of Fostera tablets helps in relieving these symptoms. Take this medication in the exact dose prescribed by the doctor as it can cause various adverse effects like drowsiness, fatigue, etc. Stopping this medicine suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms like cramps, sweating, vomiting, and tremors. Its dose should be slowly lowered. It depends on the individual and varies from person to person. It is not a habit-forming medicine, but some people with a history of addiction can abuse it. Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Product Summary

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ContainsFluoxetine(20.0 Mg) + Olanzapine(5.0 Mg)
UsesDepression resistant to other medicines, Depression in Bipolar disorder
Side effectsLightheadedness, Blurred speech, Drowsiness, Fatigue, Change in sex drive, Balancing problems, Constipation, Dryness in mouth, Weight gain, Muscle stiffness, Restlessness, Tremor, Delayed ejaculation, Anorgasmia (decreased orgasm),
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Uses of Fostera 5mg Tablet

  • As per CDSCO and USFDA, Fostera tablet is used to manage depressive disorders resistant to other kinds of treatments. It is also used in the treatment of depression in Bipolar disorder patients.

Contraindications of Fostera 5mg Tablet

  • If you are allergic to any ingredient of Fostera tablet.
  • If you have a history of sudden mood changes or suicidal thoughts.
  • If you have used different kinds of antidepressant medicines in the last 14 days.
  • If you are currently going through treatment with thioridazine and pimozide medications. This medicine can worsen the patient's condition.
  • If you have conditions that cause hyperprolactinemia (high prolactin levels), Fostera medicine will further increase prolactin levels.
  • If you have narrow-angle glaucoma (an eye condition). The Fostera tablet can worsen the pressure inside the eye.
  • If you have severe stomach or intestinal blockage due to paralytic ileus (decreased movements of intestines).
  • If you are pregnant, want to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, notify your doctor.
  • If you are diagnosed with the neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a rare reaction to antipsychotic medicines that affects the nervous system).
  • If you have tardive dyskinesia (stiff, uncontrollable movements of the body).

Side effects of Fostera 5mg Tablet

  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Change in sex drive
  • Sleep-related problems

Precautions and Warnings of Fostera 5mg Tablet



Can I take the Fostera tablet during pregnancy?
No, Fostera tablets can be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Even though there are limited human studies to prove this, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing foetus. Doctors sometimes may prescribe this medicine in life-threatening cases. Please consult your doctor before taking it.

Breast Feeding

Can I take the Fostera tablets while breastfeeding?
No, you should consult your doctor before taking the Fostera tablet. It can be unsafe during breastfeeding. There is limited data available on the effects of Fostera tablets on the breastfeeding baby; however, studies indicate that this medicine may pass into the milk and cause undesirable effects on the baby.


Can I drive after taking the Fostera tablet?
No, do not drive after taking the Fostera tablet. It can lead to side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, and blurred or double vision that can affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.


Can I consume alcohol with the Fostera tablet?
No, you cannot consume alcohol with a Fostera tablet. It can exaggerate the side effects and interfere with the effectiveness of the medicine.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea).
  • You have a seizure disorder and are under antiepileptic medication.
  • You have a history of low blood pressure and diabetes.
  • You are an elderly patient over 65 years of age. High doses of this medicine may cause serious adverse effects due to slow metabolism in elderly patients.
  • You are going to have a medical or dental procedure.
  • You smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products. Tobacco can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
  • You have withdrawal symptoms like sweating, tremors, nausea, agitation, and confusion. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. The dosage needs to be slowly tapered.
  • You have been previously diagnosed with lung, kidney, or liver disease.
  • You are using any vitamin, ayurvedic, herbal medicines, and supplements. Some can interfere with this medicine and can cause adverse effects.

Mode of Action of Fostera 5mg Tablet

How Does It Work?

The Fostera tablet contains two active ingredients: fluoxetine and olanzapine. Fluoxetine is an antidepressant medication. It increases the activity and levels of serotonin in the brain by blocking it...
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Directions for Use of Fostera 5mg Tablet

  • Take the Fostera tablet in the exact dosage and at the same time each day.
  • Do not increase the dosage, even if you cannot notice its effects.
  • Take this tablet as it is with a glass of water.
  • Do not try to break this tablet or chew it.
  • Do not take Fostera tablets with other medications without informing your doctor.
  • If you stop taking this medication suddenly, it may have unwanted side effects.

Interactions of Fostera 5mg Tablet

Interactions with other medicines

  • If you have taken fluoxetine, an ingredient in this tablet in the last five weeks, inform your doctor. It can stay in the body for a long period, and taking this medicine can lead to overdose side eff...
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  • Fostera medicine can increase bleeding if you use blood thinners (warfarin) and medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
  • If you are currently using antiepileptics (seizure medicines), antipsychotics, antiarrhythmics (heart medicine), Fostera tablets can slow down the removal of these medicines.
  • If you have taken MAO antidepressant medications (linezolid, selegiline, etc.) in the last 14 days, Fostera tablets can interact to cause fatal reactions.
  • If you are using any medicines that increase serotonin levels in the body, Fostera tablets can cause serotonin toxicity.
  • Do not take medicines that cause drowsiness with Fostera tablets, such as anti-allergy medicines, cold or cough medicines, certain pain relievers, sleeping pills, etc.
  • Pimozide medicine is contraindicated to use with Fostera tablets as it can cause QT prolongation (heart rhythm disorder).

Interactions with food items

  • While consuming a Fostera tablet, do not eat Tyramine rich foods such as cheese, milk, meat, bananas, soy, excess chocolate, chicken liver, canned figs, etc. It can cause serious side effects and a su...
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  • Avoid grapefruit and its juice. It can lead to potentially serious side effects.
  • Do not use cigarettes or tobacco products. They can alter the effectiveness of the Fostera tablet.

Storage and disposal of Fostera 5mg Tablet

Always store Fostera tablets in dry conditions. Keep these tablets away from wet surfaces, direct sunlight, and humid conditions. Try to keep Fostera tablets away from children and pets. Dispose o...
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Dosage of Fostera 5mg Tablet


Overdose of Fostera tablet can cause symptoms such as confusion, decreased focus, suicidal thoughts, swollen feet and hands, low sexual desire, trouble breathing, liver problems (yellowing of skin and...
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Missed a Dose

If you have missed a single dose of Fostera tablet, take it as soon as possible. If you recall missing a dose when it's already time to take the next tablet of Fostera tablet, then skip the missed one...
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Content Details


Dr. Varsha Parihar

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Can I gain weight if I use the Fostera tablets every day?

A: Fostera tablets can cause weight gain in some people. It varies from person to person. These tablets can also increase cholesterol. To avoid weight gain, try to eat healthy food and be physically active.

Q: Can I use the Fostera tablet if I have seizures?

A: Do not use the Fostera tablet without consulting your doctor if you have seizure disorders. This medicine is not recommended for treating seizure disorders. Inform your doctor if you have any disorders that can affect the functioning of this medicine.

Q: Can I use Fostera safely for a long duration?

A: Use Fostera tablets in the exact dosage and duration prescribed by the doctor. Do not take it for longer than recommended. That can lead to unwanted side effects.
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