Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What can elev8™ be used for?
  • A: elev8™ assists in coping with stress, irritability, emotional strain and mood fluctuations.
  • Q: Any instructions before taking elev8™?
  • A: Do not take elev8™ if you are hypersensitive (allergic) to Zembrin® or any of the inactive ingredients.
    Safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not been established. Please consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking elev8™ tablets.
    The use of elev8™ tablets along with any psychiatric medication, including mood stabilisers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication should be discussed with a registered healthcare professional.
  • Q: How do I take elev8™?
  • A: Always take elev8™ tablets exactly as your heathcare professional instructed you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.
    elev8™ tablets are for oral use only.
    The usual adult dose is one tablet in the morning with water, increasing to two tablets in the morning if symptoms persist.
    elev8™ tablets is not recommended for use for children under the age of 12 years.
  • Q: What are the side effects using elev8™?
  • A: elev8™ tablets can have side effects.
    Should your general health worsen or should you experience any untoward effects while taking this medicine, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional for advice.
    Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
    – Mild headache (less frequent).
    – Nausea (feeling sick), stomach discomfort (less frequent).If you notice any other side effects not mentioned, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Q: Any storing instructions for elev8™?
  • A: Store all medicine out of reach of children.
    Store below 25 °C.
    Store in the original packaging, protected from light and moisture.
    Do not use after the expiry date stated on the carton.
  • Q: In what packsizes is elev8™ available?
  • A: elev8™ tablets: PVC/aluminium blister strip containing 10 tablets, packed in boxes of 10s and 30s.
  • Q: How can elev8™ work within 15–30 minutes? (How can serotonin be increased so quickly for it to be effective when other S5 medicines take up to two weeks to have an effect?)
  • A: The reason it acts so fast is the discovery that Zembrin® is not only a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, but also a phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor (PDE4 inhibitor). A key intracellular second messenger is cyclic AMP, and this is broken down by the enzyme PDE4. Thus PDE4 inhibitors increase the level of intracellular cyclic AMP. PDE4 inhibitors are important pharmaceutical targets for treating depression and anxiety and improving cognitive function. The dual activity of Zembrin®, as a dual serotonin reuptake inhibitor PLUS PDE4 inhibitor, is patented. We knew that Zembrin® was working too fast to be simply a SSRI, therefore we did a great deal of research until we discovered potent and selective PDE4 inhibition in addition to the SSRI. This work on Zembrin® is published in an international journal.
  • Q: Where can I buy elev8™?
  • A: elev8™ is available at your nearest pharmacy.

Traditional African Medicine: This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.