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   Amoxapine

Amoxapine
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This medication is used to treat depression. Treating depression can improve your mood and sense of well-being and allow you to enjoy everyday life more.Amoxapine is a tricyclic antidepressant. It works by restoring the balance of natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain. Because amoxapine has some effects that are similar to those of major tranquilizers, it may work better in patients who have agitation or anxiety along with depression.Amoxapine may also be used to treat anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder) and bipolar disorder. Your doctor may also use this medication to treat other conditions.

 
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Amoxapine

Uses
This medication is used to treat depression. Treating depression can improve your mood and sense of well-being and allow you to enjoy everyday life more.Amoxapine is a tricyclic antidepressant. It works by restoring the balance of natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain. Because amoxapine has some effects that are similar to those of major tranquilizers, it may work better in patients who have agitation or anxiety along with depression.Amoxapine may also be used to treat anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder) and bipolar disorder. Your doctor may also use this medication to treat other conditions.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Keep all medical appointments so your doctor can monitor your progress closely or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Overdose of this medication may be fatal and symptoms include: seizures, delirium, and loss of consciousness .

How To Use
  • Read the Medication Guide if one is available from your pharmacist.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.Take this medication by mouth with or without food, one or more time(s) daily.
  • To lessen side effects, amoxapine may be started at a low dose and slowly increased as your body gets used to it.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
  • After you have reached the best dose for you, the total dose (when the daily dose is 300 milligrams or less) can be taken once daily, usually at bedtime to prevent daytime drowsiness, or as directed by your doctor.
  • Your dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to therapy.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.
  • This medication does not work right away.
  • It may take up to two weeks before you experience the full benefits.It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
  • Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped.
  • Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

Side Effects
  • See also the Warning section.Drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty urinating, dry mouth, constipation, headache, weakness, blurred vision, or changes in appetite/weight may occur as your body gets used to the medication.
  • 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.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.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 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: dizziness/fainting, feelings of restlessness, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, depression, hallucinations, nervousness), numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, ringing in the ears, shakiness (tremors), stomach/abdominal pain, severe vomiting/constipation.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, jaw/left arm pain, slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, pain/redness/swelling of arms/legs, seizures, severe headache, weakness on one side of the body, vision changes, slurred speech.In rare instances, this medication may increase your level of a certain natural chemical made by the body (prolactin).
  • For females, this increase in prolactin may result in unwanted breast milk, missing/stopped periods, or difficulty becoming pregnant.
  • For males, it may result in decreased sexual ability, inability to produce sperm, or enlarged breasts.
  • If you develop any of these symptoms, tell your doctor immediately.This drug may rarely cause a condition known as tardive dyskinesia.
  • In some cases, this condition may be permanent.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any unusual/uncontrolled movements (especially of the face, mouth, tongue, arms or legs).Amoxapine may rarely cause a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop the following: fever, muscle stiffness, increased sweating, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe confusion.This medication may rarely cause serious blood problems (e.g., agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia) or liver problems.
  • Seek immediate medical attention 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, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • See also the Warning section.Before taking amoxapine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a recent heart attack, uncontrolled heart failure.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood problems (e.g., agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia), breathing problems (e.g., asthma, COPD), certain eye problems (glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure), intestinal problems (e.g., chronic constipation, ileus), heart problems (e.g., arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure), kidney problems, liver problems, other mental/mood conditions (e.g., bipolar disorder, psychosis), family history of mental/mood conditions (e.g., bipolar disorder) or suicide, history of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease, tardive dyskinesia), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), problems urinating (urinary retention, enlarged prostate), seizures, conditions that may increase your risk of seizures (e.g., electroshock therapy, stroke, alcohol withdrawal).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness or clear vision such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.To minimize the dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.This drug may make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths and sunlamps.
  • Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially drowsiness and involuntary movements (tardive dyskinesia).This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Infants born to mothers who have taken similar medications during pregnancy may have problems such as very deep sleep, trouble urinating, shaking (tremors), and seizures.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.Amoxapine passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
  • Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: arbutamine, sibutramine.Do not take this medication if you are taking MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) or have used MAO inhibitors in the past 2 weeks.
  • In some cases a serious, possibly fatal drug interaction may occur.If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting amoxapine.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: anticholinergics (e.g., atropine, belladonna alkaloids), certain drugs for high blood pressure (e.g., clonidine, guanethidine, reserpine), levodopa, drugs for motion sickness (e.g., meclizine), nasal decongestants (e.g., phenylephrine), psychiatric drugs (e.g., lithium, antipsychotics, antidepressants), stimulants (e.g., epinephrine, amphetamine), thyroid supplements.If you have been taking fluoxetine, wait at least 5 weeks before starting this medication.Also report the use of drugs which might increase seizure risk (decrease seizure threshold) when combined with this medication such as bupropion, isoniazid (INH), phenothiazines (e.g., thioridazine), theophylline, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline) or tramadol, among others.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicines for sleep or anxiety (e.g., alprazolam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, trazodone).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids, motion sickness) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients, drying agents (anticholinergics) or stimulants/nasal decongestants.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

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