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Coming Off Doxepin
Doxepin (brand name sinequan) is an older prescription antidepressant (a "tricyclic" available generically) that is mostly used nowadays as a sleep aid. It also has anxiety-relieving effects. Common side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation, but unlike many other prescription sleep ...Read more
Depends on dose:
Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant. common adverse events can include
nausea, drowsiness, tiredness, nightmares, dry mouth, skin sensitive to sunlight, changes in appetite or weight, constipation, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, blurred vision, changes in sex drive/function, excessive sweating. ...Read more
For depression/sleep: Doxepin (brand name sinequan) is an older prescription antidepressant (a "tricyclic" available generically) that is mostly used nowadays as a sleep aid. It also has anxiety-relieving effects. Common side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation, but unlike many other prescription sleep aids, it is non-addictive. ...Read more
Several reasons: Doxepin is an older antidepressant. People may take this for its antidepressant effects. It could be given in lower doses to help with sleep or anxiety -- often along with a newer ssri antidepressant like zoloft (sertraline) or prozac. It can be especially helpful for people whose anxiety manifests in gastrointestinal discomfort. Recently, the fda approved a new, low dose formulation for primary insomnia. ...Read more
Half life: The half life (per epocrates) is 15.3 hours and 31 hours for its metabolite. ...Read more
No.: Capsules cannot be broken in half to get a smaller dose consistently. Speak with your physician about changing the medication or dosage. ...Read more
Depends: Doxepin is like Elavil (amitriptyline) and can interact with several other meds such that even a low dose can be toxic and some people don't metabolize well. You should discuss with your prescriber your concerns. Never take more than instructed. If thinking of a suicide plan, tell them as well. It's not a pleasant nor sure thing and other help is available if this isn't working. ...Read more
Symbax: Symbax is both an antipsychotic & selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant. It is used to treat Bipolar depressive episodes. Doxepin has been used to treat nerve pain medication, sleep problems, anxiety & depression. Although I don't tend to see it used for depression now a days. ...Read more
Doxepin: This is an older tricyclic antidepressant -- so one effect is help with depression. But also there can be dry mouth, sedation (sleepiness), constipation, difficulty urinating, blurry vision, excessive sweating, etc. Small doses can help with sleep. New low-dose form called "silenor" got specific fda approval for this. ...Read more
Doxepin: Doxepin/ Sinequan may be dosed at an average of 100-300 mg daily for treatment of depression/ anxiety. An overdose is accidental or intentional ingestion or application of an excessive dose of a medication. Medications overdoses may be dangerous and may lead to death in some situations. ...Read more
3 to 10 days: Depends on the length of time and amount of dosage taken. ...Read more
I have been on 10 mg of Doxepin for about 3 months. Is it safe to stop taking Doxepin at this time?
Doxepin (Sinequan) is used to treat depression and anxiety.
10 mg of Doxepin/day is small dose. If symptoms of depression and anxiety have improved, it is ok to discontinue
Discuss with Psychiatrist:
• Improvement in symptoms
• Therapy for stresses in life for coping skills.
• Breathing and Music Relaxation
• Visual Imagery
• Tai Chi ...Read more
Can you take doxepin and magnesium together at bedtime or do they need to be taken at separate times?
Was given doxepin 50mg for sleep but it's made me twitchy and anxious, discontinued 2 days ago but still feel bad, when will the effects wear off?
Slow taper: I would suggest using 1/2 dose for 2 weeks and then 1/4 tab for one week, every other day for 1 week and then off. ...Read more