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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Half life: The half life (per epocrates) is 15.3 hours and 31 hours for its metabolite. ...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
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 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
Depends: Doxepin is like Elavil 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
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