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Norpramin Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is desipramine (Norpramin)?
- What are the possible side effects of desipramine (Norpramin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about desipramine (Norpramin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking desipramine (Norpramin)?
- How should I take desipramine (Norpramin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Norpramin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Norpramin)?
- What should I avoid while taking desipramine (Norpramin)?
- What other drugs will affect desipramine (Norpramin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Norpramin)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Norpramin)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of desipramine can be fatal.
What should I avoid while taking desipramine (Norpramin)?
Do not drink alcohol. Desipramine can increase the effects of alcohol, which could be dangerous.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with desipramine and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Desipramine can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
What other drugs will affect desipramine (Norpramin)?
Taking desipramine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can increase these effects. Ask your doctor before taking desipramine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Before taking desipramine, tell your doctor if you have used an "SSRI" antidepressant in the past 5 weeks, such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, or sertraline.
You must wait at least 5 weeks after stopping fluoxetine (Prozac) before you can take desipramine.
Many drugs can interact with desipramine. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with desipramine, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- St. John's wort;
- any other anti-depressant, or medication to treat mental illness;
- the heart rhythm medications flecainide, propafenone, or quinidine.
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with desipramine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about desipramine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Norpramin Information
- Norpramin Drug Interactions Center: desipramine oral
- Norpramin Side Effects Center
- Norpramin Overview including Precautions
- Norpramin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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