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Medicine For Tricyclic Antidepressant Overdose
No: The approach to this serious situation remains the same. ...Read more
Amitriptyline: Tryptizol is an international brand name for amitriptyline marketed in Egypt and Lebanon. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that may be helpful for anxiety disorders. However, there are safer meds, more widely used for anxiety, eg., SSRI serotonin - boosting, today. See: http://www.drugs.com/international/tryptizol.html ...Read more
Anger and tricyclics: Anger can be manifestation of various conditions such as depression, stress, maniic episode of bipolar, severe anxiety episode and or using anxiety inducing substances such as caffeine, decongestants. Tricyclics come with uncomfortable side effects but can certains conditions to worsen. So finding the cause of anger will help the physician select the correct treatment pathways. ...Read more
Yes: Sudden withdrawal of. Tca cause cause a drop in the level of seritonin and norepunephrine which can cause a withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more
Varies: Many of the tricyclic antidepressants have established blood levels that are associated with the best outcome. Rather than rely on a specific oral dose, i would have your physician order blood tests to determine the amount of the medication in your system and then adjust the oral dose according. ...Read more
Possibly: There is good evidence that tricyclic antidepressants are helpful in many chronic pain conditions. In addition they can be helpful for sleep. This class of medication does have adverse effects and should be discussed with your physician. Medication in combination with physical therapy, exercise and healthy diet is always more effective. ...Read more
Can i quit tricyclic antidepressant-Imipramine for extreme dry mouth after taking a week ? Please suggest.
That is a: frequent side effect of imipramine. Please discuss with your prescribing doctor before stopping medication. Take care. ...Read more
How does Tricyclic Antidepressant cause dry eyes? Does it cause melbomian gland or lacrimal gland to malfunction?
No: The lacrimal & salivary glands are innervated & stimulated to secrete by cholinergic neurons, ie they use the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). In medicalese we say that TCAs reversibly combine with & competitively inhibit the postsynaptic muscarinic ACh receptor. Simply put, they block the effect of ACh on the glands. Dry eyes & mouth are called "anticholinergic side effects." ...Read more
I use Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for muscle spasm PRN but off label works wonders for insomnia. 8 hrs of sleep instead of 4. Is there a tricyclic antidepressant similar?
Is there any tricyclic antidepressant that does not cause dry mouth? Taking nortriptyline 50mg. Severe dry mouth, hoarse mouth, sore throat.
Biotene: Many medications make the mouth dry. Use biotene during these times (www.Biotene.Com). ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the antidepressant and what clinical symptoms the overdose has caused. Antidepressant overdoses can result in serotonin syndrome, which is usually treated "supportively, " i.e.Cooling blankets, hydration, monitoring of heart and renal function. Sometimes the antiserotonergic drug Cyproheptadine is prescribed. Beta-blockers and benzodiazpeines are sometimes used to treat symptoms. ...Read more
Should I go to the ER for a possible antidepressant overdose, or can my regular doctor take care of it?
Without specific information, go to er asap via ambulance. Yes, this sounds dramatic, but-it is the safest way for you to be cared
for in this instance. Have a friend or you call 911 -- poison control.
They will direct you to the best treatment. Please take the bottle of
pills with you and any any oher meds you are taking, including over the counter meds to the er. Good luck take care. ...Read more
Depends: There are many types of antidepressants. Tricyclics cause tachycardia, shaking, seizures, coma, death. Serotonin inhibitors ie fluoxetine causes few problem including lethargy , but can cause hallucinations, GI symptoms. Overdoses are a serious clue to severe depression and thoughts of suicide and are reasons to strongly advise immediate hospitalization. There are few antidotes. ...Read more
Is slimquick derived a a antidepressant called tricyclic i don't take antidepressants and after drinking a cup of the mixed berrys showed antidpress?
No: No, slimquick is not derived from, nor does it contain, tricyclic antidepressants. It contains propietary blends of caffeine and various herbs and vitamins. Their web site says "one packet of slimquick mixed berry contains the caffeine equivalent to approximately one 8-ounce cup of regular brewed coffee." caffeine and other things in it may speed you up -- it doesn't treat depression, though. ...Read more
TCAs replaced : Tricyclic agents (TCAs) are used primarily as antidepressants. The TCAs were first discovered in the early 1950s and were introduced later in the decade;[ In recent times, the TCAs have been largely replaced in clinical use by the newer antidepressants which have more favorable side-effects profiles. TCAs neg. effects are-- cognitive dully, danger if overdosed, wt. gain, CVS & antichol. effects ...Read more
SSRI's vs Tricyclics: The ssri's focus on blocking serotonin reuptake, and the tricyclics are non-selective in their receptor activity. Histamine blockade and others in tca's causes more sedation; there can also be postural hypotension with tca's. Ssri's may be safer in overdose, less likely to cause arrhythmia -- could be important in patients w/heart disease. Ssri's have their own side effect profile though. ...Read more
I read somewhere that tricyclic antidepressants are better for panic disorder than SSRI or SNRI. Could that be that true? Thanks in advance.
Each patient respond: differently to specific antidepressant therapies. I suggest that you review all current therapies with your personal physican. ...Read more
Tricyclic antidepressants are probably the most effective antidepressants we have. They affect a number of neurotransmitters and multiple circuits in the brain, alleviating depression, anxiety, migraines, and various pain syndromes. The down side to them is side effects and potential for stopping the heart in overdose.
The serotonin-norepinephrine antidepressants are much safer. ...Read more
Rings: The designation refers to the chemical structure. Monocyclic antidepressants, such as bupropion or fluvoxamine, have a molecular structure with only one ring of atoms whereas tricyclic antidepressants, such as Imipramine and desipramine, have three rings of atoms in their structure. ...Read more
Can i experience antidepressant withdrawal when transitioning from a tricyclic to an ssri? If so, what are some of the symptoms?
Symptoms of gastrointestinal and somatic distress, sleep disturbance, and movement disorders and mania have been temporally linked to withdrawal of tcas. Cholinergic and adrenergic overdrive after tca discontinuation have been suggested as the proposed mechanism for this syndrome. Reported symptoms may be psychosomatic or related to underlying mental illness.
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8219442. ...Read more
BASICALLY YES: Tricyclic antidepressants are so named for the three benzene rings that form the basic structure. The differences have to do with the side chains. So they can all have very similar traits as far as benefits and side effects. Some of the second generation tricyclics may have less side effects as they are the metabolites and may have fewer issues than the parent compound like Elavil and pamelor (nortriptyline). ...Read more
False positive: A false positive means that the test shows positive, even though the reality is actually negative. Any test has a chance of generating both false positives and false negatives. However, tests are designed to keep those false results as low as possible. ...Read more