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Tofranil, or imipramine, is used to control depression in adults, young adults, and teens. Tofranil is a tricyclic antidepressant and can also be used to help prevent or control bedwetting in children, panic attacks, or eating disorders.
Tofranil comes in tablet or capsule that is taken one or more times per day when used for depression. A person may start taking a small dose of the medication and then gradually increase their daily dose over time; a doctor can help their patients find the correct dose of this medication. Children being treated for bedwetting may be prescribed this drug and instructed to take their prescription about an hour before bedtime each evening. It may take several weeks before the full effects of the drug are realized; most users report improvement within three weeks of starting this medication.
Your doctor can help you decide if the benefit of taking Tofranil outweighs the risk of using it. Before taking this medication, talk with your doctor if:
Tofranil may interact with other medications or supplements, including MAOIs, medications for motion sickness, Parkinson's disease medications, anticoagulants, antihistamines, antidepressants, antacids, antifungals, sleeping pills, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, and more. If you are taking other prescription drugs or vitamins, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist about any potential interactions that may occur with this drug.
If you experience serious or severe side effects from taking Tofranil, contact your doctor right away. Antidepressants like Tofranil may cause an increase in suicidal behavior or thoughts in children, teens, or young adults under the age of twenty-four. Other serious side effects may include:
Less serious side effects may include:
You should not stop taking Tofranil abruptly, and do not reduce or discontinue this medication on your own. Work with your doctor to taper off of this medication slowly over time. Doing so will help reduce Tofranil withdrawal symptoms. Possible symptoms of withdrawal can include:
Last Update: 12-17-2014
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