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Generic Name: duloxetine (as hydrochloride)
Product Name: Tixol

Indication: What Tixol is used for

Tixol is used to treat:

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Tixol has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed Tixol for another reason.

Tixol is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

Tixol is not recommended for use in children and adolescents under the age of 18 years.

Action: How Tixol works

Tixol belongs to a group of medicines known as serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). SNRIs are believed to work by their action on serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain. Serotonin and noradrenaline are the chemical messengers responsible for controlling the psychological and painful physical symptoms of depression.

The active ingredient in Tixol is duloxetine (as hydrochloride). Each Tixol 30 mg contains 30 mg of duloxetine. Each Tixol 60 mg contains 60 mg of duloxetine.

The enteric capsules also contain sugar spheres, hypromellose, purified talc, sucrose, hypromellose phthalate, triethyl citrate, gelatin, titanium dioxide, indigo carmine, iron oxide yellow (60 mg only), Tekprint SB‐4020 Green Ink (30  mg only), and Tekprint SW‐0012 White Ink  (60 mg only).

Dose advice: How to use Tixol

Before you take Tixol

When you must not take it

Do not take Tixol if you are allergic to medicines containing duloxetine hydrochloride or any of the ingredients listed here. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or other parts of the body.

Do not take Tixol if you have liver disease. This could increase the chance of you having liver problems during treatment with Tixol.

Do not take this medicine if you are taking another medicine for depression called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have been taking a MAOI within the last 14 days. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure as to whether or not you are taking a MAOI. If you do take Tixol while you are taking a MAOI, you may experience shaking (tremor), shivering, muscle stiffness, fever, rapid pulse, rapid breathing or confusion.

Do not take Tixol if you are taking another medicine for depression called fluvoxamine.

Do not take Tixol if you are pregnant. Tixol may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.

Do not breastfeed if you are taking Tixol. It is not known if Tixol passes into breast milk.

Do not take Tixol if the expiry date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed. Do not take Tixol if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods,  dyes or preservatives.

Tell your doctor if you have, or  have had, any medical conditions,  especially the following:

  • A condition in which the pressure of fluid in the eye may be high (glaucoma);
  • High blood pressure;
  • Heart problems;
  • Bipolar disorder;
  • History of fits (seizures);
  • Kidney problems as you may need to take a lower dose of Tixol;
  • Diabetes.

If you have high blood pressure or heart problems your doctor may monitor your blood pressure.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.  Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved. If Tixol is taken during pregnancy,  you should be careful, particularly at the end of pregnancy. Transitory withdrawal symptoms have been reported rarely in the newborn after maternal use in the last 3 months of pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor about how much alcohol you drink. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol should not take Tixol. Drinking too much alcohol could increase the chance of you having liver problems during treatment with Tixol.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Tixol.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a  pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may be affected by Tixol, or may affect how well it works. These include:

  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), medicines used to treat some types of depression.
    • You should stop taking MAOIs at least two weeks before starting  Tixol;
    • You must stop taking Tixol at least 5 days before you start taking a  MAOI;
  • Other medicines used to treat depression, panic disorder, anxiety or obsessive illnesses,  including tryptophan;
  • Strong painkillers such as tramadol, pethidine;
  • A type of migraine treatment called ‘triptans’, such as  sumatriptan or zolmitriptan ;
  • Medicines used to treat stress urinary incontinence such as tolterodine;
  • Medicines used to treat heart problems such as flecainide or  propafenone;
  • Thioridazine, a medicine used to treat schizophrenia;
  • Herbal medicines such as St John’s Wort (Hypericum  perforatum);
  • Warfarin, a medicine used to thin the blood (anticoagulant) or other medicines known to affect blood coagulation (NSAIDs,  aspirin).

Do not start to take any other medicine unless prescribed or approved by your doctor.

These medicines may be affected by Tixol or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor can advise what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.

If you are not sure whether you are taking any of these medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Tixol.

How to take Tixol

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.

How much to take

The usual recommended dose of  Tixol in major depressive disorder or diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain is one 60 mg enteric capsule taken once daily.

The recommended dose of Tixol in generalised anxiety disorder is between 30 mg and 120 mg, taken once daily.

Your doctor may start you on a lower dose to help reduce side effects.

If you have severe kidney disease, the recommended starting dose of Tixol is one 30 mg enteric capsule taken once daily.

Take your medicine at about the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.

How to take Tixol

Swallow the enteric capsule whole with a full glass of water.

Do not open the enteric capsules and crush the pellets inside because the medicine may not work as well.

Tixol may be taken with or without meals.

If you forget to take Tixol

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 the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How long to take Tixol for

The length of treatment with Tixol will depend on how quickly your symptoms improve. Most medicines of this type take time to work so don’t be discouraged if you do not feel better right away.

Although you may notice an improvement, continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor recommends.

If you take too much Tixol (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information  Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Tixol. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

Symptoms of an overdose may include drowsiness, convulsions,  and vomiting. Symptoms may also include some or all of the following: feeling confused, feeling restless, sweating, shaking, shivering, hallucinations, muscle jerks, fast heartbeat.

While you are taking Tixol

Things you must do

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Tixol.

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Tixol.

Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking  Tixol.

You should not use Tixol if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Your doctor can discuss different treatment options with you.

If you plan to have surgery, including dental surgery, that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Tixol.

Be sure to keep all of your doctor’s appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor will check your progress and may want to take some tests (e.g. blood tests, blood pressure) from time to time. These tests may help to prevent side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if you have any suicidal thoughts or other mental/mood changes.

Occasionally, the symptoms of depression or other psychiatric conditions may include thoughts of harming yourself or committing suicide. These symptoms may continue or get worse during the first one or two months of treatment until the full antidepressant effect of the medicine becomes apparent. This is more likely to occur in young adults under 25 years of age.

Contact your doctor or a mental health professional right away or go to the nearest hospital for treatment if you or someone you know is showing any of the  following warning signs of suicide:

  • Worsening of your depression;
  • Thoughts or talk of death or suicide;
  • Thoughts or talk of self‐harm or harm to others;
  • Any recent attempts at self‐harm;
  • Increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or any other unusual changes in behaviour or mood.

All mentions of suicide or violence must be taken seriously.

If you notice any of the following, contact your doctor right away. Your doctor may do some blood tests to check your liver or tell you to stop taking your medicine. Signs of liver problems include:

These may be signs of serious liver damage.

Things you must not do

Do not use Tixol to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give Tixol to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not stop taking Tixol unless you have discussed it with your doctor. If you stop taking it suddenly, your condition may worsen or you may have unwanted side effects. If possible, your doctor will gradually reduce the amount you take each day before stopping the medicine completely.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Tixol affects you. Tixol may cause drowsiness, dizziness or lightheadedness in some people.  If any of these occur, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.

Do not let yourself run out of Tixol over the weekend or on holidays.

Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.  Drinking large amounts of alcohol during treatment with Tixol can cause severe liver injury. You should avoid ‘binge drinking’ or drinking excessively during treatment with Tixol.

Drinking alcohol with this medicine may also cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.

After using Tixol


Keep Tixol where 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 your enteric capsules in a  cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Do not store Tixol or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave Tixol in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking Tixol, or your enteric capsules have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Schedule of Tixol

Tixol is a Schedule 4 medicine.

Side effects of Tixol

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Tixol. Like all other medicines, Tixol may have unwanted side effects in some people.  Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any  of the following and they worry  you:

  • Dry mouth, mouth ulcers, thirst, bad taste;
  • Burping or belching, indigestion, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
  • Constipation, diarrhoea, wind (flatulence);
  • Bad breath;
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss;
  • Headache;
  • Trouble sleeping;
  • Dream abnormalities;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Feeling tired or having no energy;
  • Sexual problems;
  • Dizziness;
  • Tremor;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Feeling anxious, agitated or restless;
  • Confusion and attention problems;
  • Tingling and numbness of hands, face, mouth and feet;
  • Yawning or throat tightness;
  • Difficulty urinating (passing water), urinating frequently or  needing to urinate at night;
  • Irregular heartbeat;
  • Hot and cold sweats;
  • Sore ears, sore throat;
  • Ringing in ears;
  • Muscle pain, stiffness or twitching;
  • Walking problems;
  • Flushing;
  • Skin rash;
  • Restless legs.

These are the more common side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if you  notice any of the following:

  • Signs of a possible serious liver problem, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of  appetite, feeling generally unwell,  fever, itching, yellowing of the  skin and/or eyes, dark urine;
  • High pressure in the eye (glaucoma);
  • Feeling tired, weak or confused and having achy, stiff or uncoordinated muscles. This may  be because you have low sodium  levels in the blood (hyponatraemia or syndrome of  inappropriate antidiuretic hormone);
  • Abdominal pain, traces of blood in your stools, or if your stools are dark in colour. This may because you have increased bleeding, possibly in the gastric tract (gastrointestinal bleeding). You may also feel weakness,  dizziness and experience nausea  and/or vomiting;
  • Seeing or hearing things (hallucinations);
  • Dizziness or fainting when you stand up, especially from a lying  or sitting position;
  • Uncontrollable movements;
  • If you have some or all of the following symptoms you may have something called serotonin  syndrome: feeling confused, feeling restless, sweating, shaking, shivering, hallucinations, sudden jerks in your muscles or a  fast heartbeat;
  • Stiff neck or jaw muscles (lockjaw);
  • Fits or seizures;
  • Mood of excitement, over‐activity and uninhibited behaviour;
  • Aggression or anger especially after starting or stopping taking this medicine.

This list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention.

Other changes you may not be  aware of:

  • Increased blood pressure;
  • Heart rhythm changes;
  • Underactive thyroid gland;
  • Liver function changes.

If any of the following happen, tell  your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:

  • Itching, skin rash or hives;
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing or trouble breathing;
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body.

These are very rare but serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

For further information talk to your doctor.


  1. Tixol Consumer Medicine Information (CMI). Hawthorn, VIC: Generic Partners Pty Ltd. May 2016. [PDF]
  2. Tixol Product Information (PI). Hawthorn, VIC: Generic Partners Pty Ltd. May 2016. [PDF]
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Posted On: 10 April, 2018
Modified On: 10 April, 2018
Reviewed On: 10 April, 2018


Created by: myVMC