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Surmontil Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Surmontil (trimipramine) is used to treat symptoms of depression. It is a tricyclic antidepressant. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty urinating, headache, weakness, changes in appetite/weight, dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation.
The usual starting dose of Surmontil is 75 mg/day in divided doses, increased to 150 mg/day. Surmontil may interact with SSRI antidepressants, cimetidine, guanethidine, or heart rhythm medications. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Surmontil should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. Infants born to mothers who have taken similar medications during pregnancy may develop trouble urinating, lethargy, shaking (tremors), and seizures. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication.
Our Surmontil (trimipramine) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Surmontil in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- fast, pounding, or uneven heart rate;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- confusion, hallucinations, or seizure (convulsions);
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
- urinating more or less than usual;
- extreme thirst with headache, nausea, vomiting, and weakness; or
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, and muscle weakness.
Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
- constipation or diarrhea;
- dry mouth, unpleasant taste;
- weakness, lack of coordination;
- numbness or tingly feeling;
- feeling dizzy, or drowsy;
- blurred vision, headache, ringing in your ears;
- mild skin rash;
- low fever;
- breast swelling (in men or women); or
- decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Surmontil Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty urinating, headache, weakness, changes in appetite/weight, dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water or use a saliva substitute.
To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (e.g., stimulant-type with stool softener).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, depression, hallucinations, nervousness), numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, ringing in the ears, sexual problems, shakiness (tremors), severe vomiting/constipation.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, severe headache, pain/redness/swelling of arms or legs.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: seizures, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, vision changes, chest pain, jaw/left arm pain.
This medication may rarely cause serious blood problems (e.g., agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia) or liver problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects: easy bleeding/bruising, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing of the eyes/skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Surmontil FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Note: The pharmacological similarities among the tricyclic antidepressants require that each of the reactions be considered when Surmontil is administered. Some of the adverse reactions included in this listing have not in fact been reported with Surmontil.
Numbness, tingling, paresthesias of extremities; incoordination, ataxia, tremors; peripheral neuropathy; extrapyramidal symptoms; seizures, alterations in EEG patterns; tinnitus; syndrome of inappropriate ADH (antidiuretic hormone) secretion.
Dry mouth and, rarely, associated sublingual adenitis; blurred vision, disturbances of accommodation, mydriasis, constipation, paralytic ileus; urinary retention, delayed micturition, dilation of the urinary tract.
Bone-marrow depression including agranulocytosis, eosinophilia; purpura; thrombocytopenia. Leukocyte and differential counts should be performed in any patient who develops fever and sore throat during therapy; the drug should be discontinued if there is evidence of pathological neutrophil depression.
Nausea and vomiting, anorexia, epigastric distress, diarrhea, peculiar taste, stomatitis, abdominal cramps, black tongue.
Jaundice (simulating obstructive); altered liver function; weight gain or loss; perspiration; flushing; urinary frequency; drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue; headache; parotid swelling; alopecia.
Though not indicative of addiction, abrupt cessation of treatment after prolonged therapy may produce nausea, headache, and malaise.
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