Doxepin is basically an antidepressant that is used to help with problems related to mood/mental like anxiety and depression. It helps an individual improve his/her feelings, moods, relieve tension and anxiety, increase energy and sleep better.
How to use
It is always better to read the medication guide properly before you start using Doxepin and in case you have any questions you can ask your doctor or pharmacist. You can take this drug orally 1-3 times on a daily basis as suggested by the doctor. If you are advised to take once in a day, you can take during bedtime to avoid sleepiness that occurs during the daytime. The dosage depends on your response and medical condition.
In order to lessen the side effects of Doxepin, your doctor might start the mediation with a low dose and gradually increase the dose, so you need to follow the instructions of your doctor very carefully.
Taking medicine on a regular basis can help you get maximum benefit from the medication. Avoid using high doses of the medication and also do not continue taking the medication for a long term to avoid serious side effects.
Make sure you do not stop taking the medication without your doctor’s advice even if you think you don’t need the medication now. Some of the side effects of Doxepin are as below
Dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, blurred vision, urinating problems etc., contact your doctor immediately if you experience any such effects.
Doxepin can lead to a condition that affects the rhythm of your heart. This is known as QT prolongation which can rarely lead to fatal symptoms like irregular heartbeat, fainting, dizziness and you need medical attention immediately.
Before you start taking Doxepin, discuss with your doctor about your medical conditions or if you are using any drugs that can lead to QT prolongation, and also if you have family history of heart problems.
If you have low levels of magnesium or potassium in your blood, it can increase the chances of QT prolongation and also there can be a risk if you are suffering from problems like vomiting, severe sweating and diarrhea. The medication also makes you quite sensitive to sunlight. You can wear sunscreen or protective clothing to avoid sun exposure. In case you are suffering from diabetes, this medication can create problems in controlling blood sugar levels in your body. It is better to keep a check on your blood sugar levels when you are using Doxepin.
If you are a nursing mother, or pregnant and also if planning pregnancy, talk to the doctor to know if you should take this medication or not. For nursing mothers the medication can pass into the breast milk and can lead to unpleasant effects on the infant.
This medication also interacts with other medications, so be careful and take advice from your doctor if you are already taking any other medicines apart from Doxepin as this drug can have interactions with other medications.