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Discharge Instructions: Taking Tricyclic Antidepressants

Your doctor prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant for you. Tricyclic antidepressants are used to treat depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Tricyclics help severe or long-term depression. 

The name of my tricyclic antidepressant is __________________________________________.

Guidelines for Use

  • Follow the fact sheet that came with your medication. It tells you when and how to take your medication. Ask for a sheet if you didn’t get one.

  • Tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter or herbal medications.

  • Take your medication exactly as directed. This medication takes several weeks to reach its full effect. Because of this, it is important to take this medication every day, even if you believe that it is not helping your symptoms.

  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember—unless it’s almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the dose you missed. Don’t take a double dose.

  • Don’t drink alcohol while taking this medication.

  • Don’t smoke marijuana for any reason. Marijuana can cause a serious toxic reaction with this medication.

  • Don’t take this medication if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

  • Don’t stop taking this medication without talking with your doctor.

  • Don’t drive until you see how this medication affects you.

  • Avoid constipation. Eat a high-fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Store this medication in a cool, safe place away from the reach of children.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Trouble urinating

  • Blurred vision

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Chest pain

Possible Side Effects

Tell your doctor if you have any of these side effects. Don’t stop taking the medication until your doctor tells you to. Mild side effects include:

  • Drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Constipation

  • Dry mouth


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