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Doxepin, also known as Silenor, belongs to the class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Doxepin can treat depression and anxiety disorders. This medicine may also be prescribed to treat sleep disorders, such as insomnia. It works by altering the amount of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which in turn helps regulate mood and other brain functions like sleep.
✓ Relieving symptoms of depression
✓ Relieving symptoms of anxiety
Ongoing medication management costs $55/month
What is doxepin?
Doxepin is used to treat depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. It can help improve mood and increase feelings of well-being, as well as relieve anxiety and tension. Doxepin may also help you sleep better, increasing your energy levels. Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant.
How does doxepin work?
Doxepin (Silenor) is used to treat depression and anxiety. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants, which block norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake in your brain, thereby affecting neurotransmitters that affect mood. It works within hours after you take it, but it may take several weeks before you feel its full effect.
What are the side effects of doxepin?
A common side effect of doxepin is drowsiness, which may interfere with your ability to operate machinery or motor vehicles. Other common side effects include dizziness, nausea, dry mouth and headache. These side effects may go away as your body adjusts to doxepin. As with all medications, discuss possible side effects with your provider before starting treatment.
How do I take doxepin?
Doxepin comes in pill and liquid form to take orally. For anxiety and depression treatment, doxepin is usually taken one to three times a day. You can take it with or without food. Take doxepin at the same time daily, and do not change your doxepin schedule without talking to your provider first. Ask your provider about which time of day will work best for you to take doxepin.
Can I take doxepin with other medications?
Do not take MAO inhibitors with doxepin without consulting your provider. Tell your provider if you are taking antipsychotics or any other medication for depression and anxiety before starting doxepin.
Are there any risks when taking doxepin?
When taking doxepin, it is important to understand that doxepin has some risks, especially when taken in combination with other drugs. For example, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take doxepin because of its potential to cause serious complications for an unborn child or a newborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking doxepin, tell your provider. Since this medication may cause drowsiness, do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. Alcohol can worsen side effects from doxepin and should be avoided.
How quickly does doxepin work?
Some people may feel an improvement in their symptoms after taking doxepin for less than a week. However, most patients will need two or more weeks of treatment before they begin to feel relief from their symptoms. It may take several weeks before you feel the full effect of doxepin, and your provider may increase your dose gradually.
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