MALAYSIA

Search result for

Doxepin - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Doxepin is used to treat depression that may, or may not be associated with anxiety.

Dopxepin can also also be used to help you sleep if you have problems sleeping (also known as insomnia).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Doxepin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instruction on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Doxepin with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

This medicine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- mood disorders such as bipolar disorder or mania
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes)
- difficulty passing urine
as Doxepin may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

Do not take Doxepin if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or within 14 days of stopping the MAOI.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- history of fits (seizure)
- heart disease and history of stroke
- other mood disorders
- heart disease
- liver disease
- diabetes
- shallow breathing during sleep (sleep apnoea)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.

Always keep your appointments with your doctor so that he will be able to monitor your response to Doxepin.

What lifestyle changes should I make to cope with depression?

Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet will help increase energy and hormones in the body such as serotonin, endorphins and other feel-good chemicals that minimize mood swings. Get enough sleep, as lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness, sadness, and tiredness.

What side effects could I experience?

Doxepin may make you drowsy or dizzy. You may also experience some problems with your eyesight, such as blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

You may feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking Doxepin for the first time. This is common and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position. It will also help if you take the very first dose of Doxepin at bedtime.

Other side effects include any of the following: diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, headache, tiredness, unusual sweating (including sweating at night), rashes, change in sex drive, weight gain and hair loss.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

- fast or irregular heartbeat
- fits (seizures)
- loss of mental alertness
- hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
- yellowing of the skin and white of the eyes (jaundice)
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- difficulty passing urine
- swelling of testicles
- breasts development in males
- breast enlargement or milk production in females
- tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
- difficulty in controlling movements such as trembling or shaking of hands and feet, stiffness in the arms and legs muscles or shuffling of feet when walking
- severe sore throat and fever
- ringing in the ears

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Doxepin if you are currently taking a certain type of medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or within 14 days of stopping the MAOI.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. clonidine, guanethidine,
- medicines for moderate to severe pain e.g. dextropropoxyphene, tramadol
- other medicines for mood disorder e.g. lithium, quetiapine,
- medicine for sleep disorder e.g. ramelteon
- medicine for fits (seizure) e.g. phenobarbital
- medicines used to treat irregular heartbeat e.g. quinidine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Doxepin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place, protected from light, and away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Doxepin - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

Editor's Recommendations

Drug Index A to Z
Browse Alphabetically (Brand)
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
Browse Alphabetically (Generic)
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
Connect With Us
 
Download FREE MIMS Apps
 
Node#1
Please wait...