What condition does Doxepin treat?
Doxepin is a prescription used for the treatment of depression and anxiety. This is in the class of medication called tricyclic antidepressants that affects the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription.
How does Doxepin work?
Doxepin works by enhancing the activity of the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and serotonin in the brain. Neurotransmitters are natural body chemicals that act as chemical messengers between the nerve cells. Noradrenaline and serotonin are neurotransmitters known to be involved in regulating mood, emotions, and behavior. In depression, less noradrenaline and serotonin than normal is released from nerve cells in the brain. This drug stops noradrenaline and serotonin that has been released from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain. This helps to prolong their effects and over time, this helps to lighten the mood and relieve the condition.
Doxepin will not change your personality or make you feel instantly happy and relaxed. This works overtime to correct the chemical changes in your brain that have made you depressed or anxious. This helps you get back to feeling like your old self.
How to use Doxepin?
This medicine is to be taken by mouth usually one to three times a day or as directed by your doctor. If you take it only once a day, take it at bedtime to lessen daytime sleepiness. You may take each dose with or without a meal. Swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water.
Drink plenty of fluids while having this treatment. If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed one. take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Inform your doctor if your condition gets worse or does not improve.
What are the possible side effects of Doxepin?
Common side effects:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Changes in how the food taste
Call your doctor if these occur:
- Excessive thirst
- Mouth sores
- Changes in appetite
- Ringing in your ears
- Skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual
What are the precautions in taking Doxepin?
- Before having this drug, let your doctor know if you have any medical history especially of bleeding problems, liver problems, hyperthyroidism, or breathing problems.
- Do not share this drug with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- This drug may blur your vision or make you feel dizzy. Do not do any activity that requires your full alertness.
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine. This may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. If an allergic reaction occurs, call for medical help right away.
- During pregnancy, this drug should only be used when needed. If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.