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Silenor (Doxepin) belongs to the group of medications known as hypnotics. It is used to treat sleeping problems for people who are having trouble staying asleep.
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Silenor (Doxepin) belongs to the group of medications known as hypnotics. It is used to treat sleeping problems for people who are having trouble staying asleep. Exactly how Silenor (Doxepin) helps with sleep is unknown, but researchers believe it affects the level of a certain chemical substance in the brain. Silenor (Doxepin) is also used in higher doses to treat Depression.
Silenor (Doxepin) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Silenor (Doxepin) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Silenor (Doxepin) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Silenor (Doxepin) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Silenor (Doxepin), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Silenor (Doxepin) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Silenor (Doxepin) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Silenor (Doxepin) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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The recommended adult daily dose of Silenor (Doxepin) is 6 mg once daily, taken 30 minutes before bedtime. A 3 mg once daily dose may be needed for some people. Do not take Silenor (Doxepin) within 3 hours of a meal.
Many things can affect the dose of a 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 listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Silenor (Doxepin) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue 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 Silenor (Doxepin) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, 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 Silenor (Doxepin). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Silenor (Doxepin) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Silenor (Doxepin). 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 these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or 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 Silenor (Doxepin).
We sort your medication into clearly labeled, individual packs so you can be sure you're taking the right dose at the right time.
Each blue, oval tablet debossed with "3" on one side and "SP" on the other contains Silenor (Doxepin) 3 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, D&C Lake Yellow, and FD&C Lake Blue.
Each green, oval tablet debossed with "6" on one side and "SP" on the other contains Silenor (Doxepin) 6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, D&C Lake Yellow, and FD&C Lake Blue.
Silenor (Doxepin) should not be taken by anyone who:
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There may be an interaction between Silenor (Doxepin) 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 Silenor (Doxepin). 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 using Silenor (Doxepin), 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 Silenor (Doxepin).
Behaviour changes: Silenor (Doxepin) may worsen symptoms of depression, including thoughts of suicide or wanting to harm others. It may also cause agitated or aggressive behaviour. If you experience these symptoms or any other behaviour change while taking Silenor (Doxepin), contact your doctor immediately.
Family members or caregivers of people who are taking Silenor (Doxepin) should contact the person's doctor immediately if they notice unusual behaviour changes.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Silenor (Doxepin) can cause drowsiness and decreased mental alertness. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive after taking Silenor (Doxepin) until you know how Silenor (Doxepin) affects you. Do not use Silenor (Doxepin) if you drink alcohol.
Liver problems: If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how Silenor (Doxepin) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Silenor (Doxepin), and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Performing activities while not fully awake: People taking Silenor (Doxepin) may perform activities such as sleepwalking, driving, preparing and eating food, and making phone calls while not fully awake and unaware of their actions. The next morning, they may not remember what happened. This may be more likely to occur if you use alcohol or other sedative medications. If you discover this has happened to you, contact your doctor immediately.
Sleep Apnea: The safety of using Silenor (Doxepin) for people with sleep apnea has not been established.
Pregnancy: Silenor (Doxepin) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Silenor (Doxepin), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: This passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Silenor (Doxepin), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Silenor (Doxepin) have not been established for children under the age of 18.
Seniors: Seniors may be more likely to experience drowsiness or confusion while taking Silenor (Doxepin).
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