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Imipramine belongs to the class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Imipramine helps to elevate mood and eliminate or reduce other symptoms associated with Depression.
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Imipramine belongs to the class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Imipramine helps to elevate mood and eliminate or reduce other symptoms associated with Depression. Tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine work by increasing the amount of norepinephrine and serotonin neurotransmitters (chemical substances in the brain) available in certain parts of the brain.
Your doctor may have suggested Imipramine for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of Imipramine may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Imipramine, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Imipramine without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Imipramine to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Imipramine if their doctor has not prescribed it.
For the treatment of depression in adults, the recommended starting dose of imipramine is 25 mg three times daily, with or without food. This dose is usually increased gradually until the most effective dose is found. The maximum recommended daily dose is 300 mg. It may take several weeks before the medication has its full effect so you should be patient with the results. Your doctor will try to eventually prescribe the lowest dose that is effective. Once this dose has been reached, you may be able to take your entire dose at bedtime as recommended by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones given here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Imipramine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Imipramine at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Imipramine. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Imipramine with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Imipramine. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Imipramine.
Each brown, film-coated tablet contains imipramine HCl 10 mg.
Each brown, film-coated tablet contains imipramine HCl 25 mg.
Each brown, film-coated tablet contains imipramine HCl 50 mg.
Each brown, film-coated tablet contains imipramine HCl 75 mg.
There may be an interaction between imipramine and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Imipramine. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Imipramine.
Diabetes: Both elevation and lowering of blood sugar levels have been reported with imipramine use. People with diabetes or Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) should monitor their blood glucose levels closely while taking Imipramine.
Dizziness: Use caution (i.e., move slowly) when rising from a sitting or lying position since imipramine can cause sudden temporary Low Blood Pressure resulting in dizziness.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Imipramine may impair the mental or physical abilities required for the potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery. Use appropriate caution until you determine how Imipramine affects you.
Heart rhythm: Imipramine can cause abnormal heart rhythms, particularly when taken in high doses. Therefore, seniors and those with a history of heart disease should take imipramine with caution.
Medical conditions: If you have a history of seizures, reduced liver function, heart conditions, Glaucoma, certain blood disorders, a history of mania or bipolar disorder, or urinary retention, discuss with your doctor how Imipramine may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Imipramine, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Suicidal thoughts: Imipramine may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts, especially when starting therapy or dosage adjustment. Seek medical attention at any signs of worsening condition.
Pregnancy: Imipramine should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Imipramine, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Imipramine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking imipramine it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Imipramine have not been established for children.
Seniors: Seniors should use Imipramine with caution, and should not exceed the recommended dose.
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