7.21.2017 | Nicholas Babcock
Imipramine MedlinePlus Drug Information
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.
Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
Unless your doctor ls you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
Imipramine is also used occasionally to treat eating disorders and panic disorders. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online ( http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch ) or by phone.
Be sure that your family or caregiver knows which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own. You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways when you take imipramine or other antidepressants even if you are an adult over 24 years of age. You may become suicidal, especially at the beginning of your treatment and any time that your dose is increased or decreased. You, your family, or your caregiver should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: new or worsening depression; thinking about harming or killing yourself, or planning or trying to do so; extreme worry; agitation; panic attacks; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; aggressive behavior; irritability; acting without thinking; severe restlessness; and frenzied abnormal excitement.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose of imipramine and gradually increase your dose.
Your doctor will probably want to decrease your dose gradually. Do not stop taking imipramine without talking to your doctor. It may take 1-3 weeks or longer for you to feel the full benefit of imipramine. Continue to take imipramine even if you feel well.
It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements.
The doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer's patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with imipramine. You also can obtain the Medication Guide from the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/InformationbyDrugClass/UCM096273. Read the information carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
This risk is higher if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had bipolar disorder (mood that changes from depressed to abnormally excited) or mania (frenzied, abnormally excited mood) or has thought about or attempted suicide. You should know that having depression or another mental illness greatly increases the risk that you will become suicidal. Talk to your doctor about your condition, symptoms, and personal and family medical history. You and your doctor will decide what type of treatment is right for you. No matter your age, before you take an antidepressant, you, your parent, or your caregiver should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of treating your condition with an antidepressant or with other treatments. You should also talk about the risks and benefits of not treating your condition.
Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Take imipramine exactly as directed. When imipramine tablets or capsules are used to treat depression, they are usually taken one or more times a day and may be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. When imipramine tablets are used to prevent bedwetting in children, they are usually taken one hour before bedtime. Imipramine comes as a tablet and a capsule to take by mouth. Children who wet the bed early in the evening may be given one dose in the mid-afternoon and another dose at bedtime. Try to take imipramine at around the same time(s) every day.
Your healthcare provider will want to see you often while you are taking imipramine, especially at the beginning of your treatment. Be sure to keep all appointments for office visits with your doctor.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Imipramine may cause other side effects. l you doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking this medication.
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
It treats depression by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain that are needed to maintain mental balance. Imipramine is in a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. Imipramine tablets and capsules are used to treat depression. Imipramine tablets are also used to prevent bedwetting in children. There is not enough information to explain how imipramine prevents bedwetting.
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Children younger than 18 years of age should not normally take imipramine except to prevent bedwetting, but in some cases, a doctor may decide that imipramine is the best medication to treat a child's condition. Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions. A small number of children, teenagers, and young adults (up to 24 years of age) who took antidepressants ('mood elevators') such as imipramine during clinical studies became suicidal (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so). However, experts are not sure about how great this risk is and how much it should be considered in deciding whether a child or teenager should take an antidepressant.Imipramine