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Imipramine - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Imipramine: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Imipramine?

Used to treat depression, anxiety, and panic disorder, Imipramine belongs to the class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. Although there is not enough information to explain how Imipramine prevents bedwetting, the oral drug is often used to treat the condition in children.

What are the uses of Imipramine?

Imipramine is primarily used to treat depression; although, it is also used to prevent night-time bedwetting in children. Imipramine belongs to a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. It is found that patients on a dosage of Imipramine tablets and capsules are likely to exhibit elevated moods, have better sleep, and show improved appetites and energy levels.

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What are the side effects of Imipramine?

Imipramine may cause side effects such as fatigue, drowsiness, anxiety, dry mouth, nausea, frequent urination or constipation, nightmares, changes in appetite, weight, and sex drive as well as excessive sweating. Contact your doctor if you feel any of these symptoms. Serious side effects that require emergency medical treatment include slow or slurred speech, shuffling gait, spasms in the jaw, neck, or back, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, irregular or rapid heartbeat, yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever, or other signs of infection, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and rash.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Imipramine

1. How long does it take for imipramine to work?

Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat depression, anxiety, and panic disorder, may not work immediately. It may take 4-6 weeks to be effective.

2. How to stop taking Imipramine?

One cannot suddenly stop taking Imipramine. The administrator needs to gradually reduce the dosage in consultation with a medical professional. Doctors are likely to recommend tapering the dose before completely stopping it.

3. Is Imipramine addictive?

Although this drug is not classified as addictive, stopping the dose abruptly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, headache, and so on. One needs to taper off the medication in consultation with a doctor.

4. Can Clonazepam be taken with Imipramine?

Using Imipramine together with Clonazepam may increase the former drug’s side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness, especially in older adults or those with a debilitating condition. Talk with your doctor before using the two drugs together.

5. Can I take Imipramine with Clonezepam?

Using Imipramine together with Clonazepam is not usually recommended as the combination may increase the drug’s side effects, especially dizziness and drowsiness. You need to consult your doctor before using the two drugs together.

6. How much Imipramine is fatal?

The advised dose of Imipramine is usually 75-150 mg per day. Life-threatening symptoms are typically seen when the dose is more than 1,000mg. In one clinical trial, however, a dose of 200mg of Imipramine was shown to be fatal.

7. Does Imipramine make you sleepy?

One of the side effects of Imipramine is drowsiness and fatigue. Imipramine is primarily used to treat depression and belongs to a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants.

8. Is Imipramine used for anxiety?

Depression, anxiety, and panic disorder are treated with Imipramine, which is a tricyclic antidepressant. This is a prescription drug and must be taken only in consultation with a doctor.

9. What should I do if I forget a dose?

Consult a doctor if you have missed a dose. Usually, it is recommended that you take a missed dose as soon as you remember or skip the missed dose and go back to your normal routine dose. It is not recommended that you take two doses at the same time or extra doses. An overdose can be life-threatening.

10. Can I take Imipramine while breastfeeding?

So far, studies have shown that Imipramine use during breastfeeding does not usually cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants, especially if older than two months.

11. Can I consume alcohol with Imipramine?

Consuming alcohol when on Imipramine is not recommended as it may cause dangerous side effects. It is also recommended that one avoids driving until one knows the effect of the medication.

12. Can I drive if I have consumed Imipramine?

Consuming alcohol and driving are two activities that are not recommended when on a dose of Imipramine as reactions may be impaired.

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