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Tricyclic Antidepressant (Definition)

This medication which includes many variants is named for the three rings that make up its chemical structure. Currently it has been mostly replaced by ssri drugs which have less side effects, it is still used to treat a variety ...Read more


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Is tryptisol a tricyclic antidepressant used for anxiety. Thanks?

Is tryptisol a tricyclic antidepressant used for anxiety. Thanks?

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

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Which tricyclic antidepressant is very useful in mild IBS-D?

Which tricyclic antidepressant is very useful in mild IBS-D?

IBS-D and TCA: Antidepressants used for the management of mild IBS-D include amitriptyline, nortriptyline, and doxepin. SSRIs such as fluoxetine may also be useful. ...Read more

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Tricyclic antidepressant -- can it be used for anger management and or stress?

Tricyclic antidepressant -- can it be used for anger management and or stress?

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

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Could withdrawal from a tricyclic antidepressant be causing awful neck pain?

Could withdrawal from a tricyclic antidepressant be causing awful neck pain?

Yes: Sudden withdrawal of. Tca cause cause a drop in the level of seritonin and norepunephrine which can cause a withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more

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How much tricyclic antidepressant would be considered too little?

How much tricyclic antidepressant would be considered too little?

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

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What is the definition or description of: tricyclic antidepressant?

Older depression med: This medication which includes many variants is named for the three rings that make up its chemical structure. Currently it has been mostly replaced by ssri drugs which have less side effects, it is still used to treat a variety of mood related disturbances. ...Read more

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Will a tricyclic antidepressant help with sleeping with chronic back pain?

Will a tricyclic antidepressant help with sleeping with chronic back pain?

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

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Can i quit tricyclic antidepressant-Imipramine for extreme dry mouth after taking a week ? Please suggest.

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

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How does Tricyclic Antidepressant cause dry eyes? Does it cause melbomian gland or lacrimal gland to malfunction?

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

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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?

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?

No: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not TCA and belongs to a different class ... It has been used for insomnia and I do use it for my patients for that reason here and there ... It's considered a relatively safer medication than TCA class . ...Read more

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People with antidepressant overdose typically have what symptoms?

It depends: It depends on which anti-depressant. Most commonly, lethargy and confusion...Tricyclics can be lethal in overdose, thus requiring more urgent intervention. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for antidepressant overdose?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for antidepressant overdose?

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

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Should I go to the ER for a possible antidepressant overdose, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

ER: 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

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What are effects of antidepressant overdose?

Antidepressant OD: The older tricyclic antidepressants are worst in overdose, as they affect the heart . Newer antidepressants can cause confusion, disorientation, delirium & even coma. Some, ex. Wellbutrin, (bupropion) can lead to seizures. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an antidepressant overdose?

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

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Is slimquick derived a a antidepressant called tricyclic i don't take antidepressants and after drinking a cup of the mixed berrys showed antidpress?

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

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What are some tricyclic antidepressants (tcas)?

Tricyclic Antidepres: Amitriptyline, Amoxapine, Clomipramine, Desipramine, Dosulepin, Doxepin, Imipramine, Lofepramine, Maprotiline, Nortriptyline & Trimipramine are tricyclic antidepressants. ...Read more

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How do tricyclic antidepressants compare to ssri's?

Side effects: Both classes of medications are effective in the treatment of depression. However, the tricyclic antidepressants typically have more side effects and are lethal on overdose. ...Read more

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Could a specialist please explain tricyclic antidepressants to me?

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

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What's the difference between ssri antidepressants and tricyclic antidepressants?

What's the difference between ssri antidepressants and tricyclic antidepressants?

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

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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

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Why are tricyclic antidepressants considered unsafe?

They are not unsafe.: Tricyclic antidepressants are still used. However, they typically have a lot of uncomfortable side effects and because of this other antidepressants are preferred. ...Read more

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What are the differences between tricyclic antidepressants and snris?

Neurotransmitters: 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

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What's the difference between tricyclic antidepressants and monocyclic antidepressants?

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

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Can i experience antidepressant withdrawal when transitioning from a tricyclic to an ssri? If so, what are some of the symptoms?

Yes: 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

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Can all tricyclic antidepressants cause bloating and weight gain?

Can all tricyclic antidepressants cause bloating and weight gain?

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

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What does false positive for tricyclic antidepressants in urine test mean?

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

Antidepressant Overdose (Definition)

Anti-depressant overdose can result in seizures, coma or death depending ...Read more


Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more