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Trimipramine - 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?

Trimipramine is used to treat depression, especially when there is anxiety, difficulty sleeping, or agitation involved.

How do I take this medicine?

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

You may take Trimipramine with or without food.

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?

Do not take Trimipramine if you are currently taking or have taken linezolid (antibiotic) or medicines to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.

Alert your doctor if you have:

- bipolar disorder or mania
- recent heart attack
- irregular heartbeat
- severe liver disease
as Trimipramine may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following:

- suicidal thoughts or suicide-releated events
- history of epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes)
- diabetes
- kidney disease

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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

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 happy hormones that minimize mood swings. Get enough sleep, as lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness, sadness, and tiredness.

What side effects could I experience?

Trimipramine 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 Trimipramine 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 Trimipramine at bedtime.

Other side effects include any of the following: dry mouth, constipation, increased sweating, changes in sex drive, rashes, tiredness, headache, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, hair loss, itching, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, weakness and weight gain or weight loss.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being aggressive, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour) or having suicidal thoughts.

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 Trimipramine if you are currently taking or have taken linezolid (antibiotic) or medicines to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.

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

- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. clonidine, gaunethidine, debrisoquine
- medicines used to treat low thyroid levels e.g. levothyroxine
- medicines used to treat epilepsy (seizures or fits) e.g. phenobarbital

This list does not include all medicines that interact with Trimipramine.

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 Trimipramine - 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

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