Name: Doxepin (DOX-e-pin)
Class: Antidepressant, Tricyclic
medication is a tricyclic antidepressant used for short-term treatment
of various forms of depression. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine
for other conditions as well.
information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
medication works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, a
chemical that affects one’s mood. It may take 3 o 4 weeks to reach the
How to Take It
this medicine at even intervals about the same time each day. This medicine
is taken orally and may be taken with food to avoid stomach upset.
- This medicine can cause many side effects. The most common are:
- dry mouth
- weight gain.
- For more information about side effects, talk to your health care
- This medicine should NOT be used by those having take MAO inhibitors
in the last two weeks, by those with narrow angle glaucoma, or by
those with cardiac rhythm problems.
- It should NOT be abruptly discontinued.
- Elderly patients generally should avoid this medicine, if possible,
due to the increased chance of dizziness and falls.
- This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Alcoholic beverages
can increase the side effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact
your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Possible drug interactions may occur with phenobarbital causing
a decrease in the effect of the medications. Severe blood pressure
problems and seizure can occur with taken with MAO inhibitors. Talk
with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.
- Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other
your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose,
skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double
this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of
reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is
outdated or no longer needed.
women, it should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. As with other
medications, if you suspect that you may be pregnant, talk to you physician
or pharmacist before using this medication.
InformationThis medicine may cause depletion of Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B2. Talk to your
doctor about adding these supplements to your diet.
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