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Zonalon Tertiary Amine Tricyclic
Tricyclics: Most of us quit using tricyclics a few years ago for depression due to their side effects. They were replaced by ssri agents such as Prozac etc.. Sometimes we use trazadone, sinequin or Elavil at bedtime to assist the ssri or help you sleep. There is a new interest in tricyclics for chronic pain patients. ...Read more
I had a small amount of spotting. I am on tricyclic bc pills and have only had protected sex. What could the spotting be from?
Continue: You should continue taking it regularly. If you started taking this medication recently then your body needs time to adjust to it, spotting can be a side effect when you first start taking this kind of medication. ...Read more
This question is for a psychiatrist. is there any benefits for taking a tricyclic over an ssri. please expain, thanks?
Sometimes: Certain tricyclic antidepressants can help with insomnia because they are sedating. Some can help with pain management. In general - SSRI's tend to have a much better side effect profile. I seldomly use TCA's now - unless it is to help with sleep or pain. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We don't know: Nearly all antidepressants turn out also to be good for treating anxiety too. We still do not understand exactly how they produce their effects on either depression or anxiety. Tricyclic antidepressants were among the first to be used widely; they are less commonly used now because they have more side effects than new antidepressants but can stil be very useful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Certain ones: In my practice and with my patients with various anxiety disorders, i often find the tricyclic antidepressant nortriptyline to be quite beneficial. Some doctors who did not receive their training until the 90s, may not feel comfortable prescribing some of the older medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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