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Sinequan Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- What are the possible side effects of doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- What is the most important information I should know about doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- How should I take doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Sinequan)?
- What happens if I overdose (Sinequan)?
- What should I avoid while taking doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- What other drugs will affect doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
You should not use doxepin if you are allergic to it, or if you have glaucoma or problems with urination.
Do not use doxepin if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take doxepin before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
To make sure you can safely take doxepin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep); or
- bipolar disorder (manic-depression).
- diabetes (doxepin may raise or lower blood sugar).
You may have thoughts about suicide while taking an antidepressant, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Tell your doctor if you have worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.
Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether doxepin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether doxepin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give doxepin to anyone younger than 18 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take doxepin (Sinequan) (Sinequan)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Measure doxepin oral concentrate (liquid) with the special dose-measuring dropper provided. Do not use a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring dropper, ask your pharmacist for one.
Empty the measured dose from the medicine dropper into a small glass (4 ounces) of water, milk, orange juice, grapefruit juice, tomato juice, prune juice, or pineapple juice. Do not use grape juice or a carbonated soft drink to mix doxepin oral concentrate. Stir the mixture and drink all of it right away. Do not save it for later use.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks before your depression symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Do not stop using doxepin suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using doxepin.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Additional Sinequan Information
- Sinequan Drug Interactions Center: doxepin oral
- Sinequan Side Effects Center
- Sinequan Overview including Precautions
- Sinequan FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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