Generic Name: Imipramine (im-IP-ra-meen)Drug Class: Antidepressant, Tricyclic
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This medication is used for short-term treatment of various forms of depression
and for chronic neuropathic pain (nerve pain) or to prevent migraine headaches.
Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Possible Side Effects
- Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
- drowsiness or dizziness
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
- weight gain
- This medicine should NOT be used by those:
- having taken MAO inhibitors in the last two weeks
- with narrow angle glaucoma
- with irregular heart beat
- Elderly patients generally should avoid it because of an increase in dizziness and falls.
- This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Alcoholic beverages can increase the side effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
- Possible drug interactions may occur with this medicine and:
- MAO inhibitors (severe)
- Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.
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). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
More InformationThis medicine may cause depletion of Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B2. Talk to your doctor about adding these supplements to your diet.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.