DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

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Proper dosage for sleep and anxiety

I saw my doctor about ongoing sleep problems. He prescribed 10mg. capsules. He also gave me Zoloft. The Zoloft gave me terrible side effects. He then gave me Lexapro which gave me the same side effects. I can tolerate the Doxepin, but is 10 or 20 mgs....
by Robert Graham in Louisville, KY, 11/30/2006

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Drug and Prescription Information

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Medication Classification

DOXEPIN (By mouth)

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Brandname


DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule is used for the Treatment

Doxepin (DOX-e-pin) Treats depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants.

When To Not Use DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to doxepin or other tricyclic antidepressants (such as Elavil®, Sinequan®, or Tofranil®), maprotiline (Ludiomil®), or trazodone (Desyrel®).

How Should You Use DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

Capsule, Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use and how often.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Measure the oral liquid with a marked dropper that comes with the medicine.
  • The oral liquid must be mixed with one-half glass of water, milk, or fruit juice before you drink it. Do not use grape juice or carbonated beverages (soda pop). Mix the medicine just before taking the dose. Do not prepare ahead of time.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you use more than one dose a day and you miss a dose, use the missed dose as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • If you use only one dose at bedtime, skip the missed dose. Wait until the next night. You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Storage

Store DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using Tagamet® or Antabuse®.
  • Do not drink alcohol with this medicine.
  • You should not use this medicine with other medicines that make you sleepy such as sleeping pills, cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic pain killers.

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Warnings

  • Check with your doctor before using doxepin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, or stomach problems.
  • If you are using this drug for depression, it may take 2 to 3 weeks before you start to feel better.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. You may need to use smaller and smaller doses before completely stopping this medicine. Check with your doctor.
  • This medicine may make you drowsy, especially during the first few weeks you are using it. Be careful if driving a car or using machinery.

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Hives, or swelling of face, lips, or tongue
  • Trouble going to the bathroom (urinating)
  • Unexplained fever or sore throat
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to sunlight

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule Ratings

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DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

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Flovent generic brand, wilmington - 05/14/2010

I am happy with oral Zoloft. I really shouldn't be taking it, since I had seizures before being prescribed it.

DOXEPIN (Oral) (Capsule

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Kim Weathers, Pensacola Fl - 12/30/2008

I was on Zoloft from June 2006 until the winter of 2009. In November 2009 I was in the doctor's office for Zoloft refills. Stupidly, I said I was "kinda" depressed (it was situational, bummed about something). The doctor never asked why but immediately said I should try Prozac. I told her no. I had taken it before and it made my head crazy. She yelled at me and asked why I wanted to take Zoloft if didn't work that well for me. She messed up my mind. NO should have been enough. I know my body better than the doctor. She kept going on about Prozac and her other patients. Finally she said it was my choice. By then my mind was so messed up trying to decide between Zoloft and Prozac. I went with the Prozac. It made my head go crazy just like I told her it would. I started back on Zoloft and I had anxiety and debilitating headaches. I could not take it. Now I am suicidal. My anxiety is so bad that I have to take Ativan 2mg every morning. I am depressed and cannot function at all. The doctor was wrong. I know my body better than the doctor. When I first took Zoloft, I was functional and level. I laughed and exercised. Now I am suicidal and the doctor gave me Cymbalta to try. I am so fearful of that drug that it is making me crazy. I went completely downhill when I started the Prozac and haven't been right since. I fear I will have severe anxiety and depression forever. I don't want to live. That doctor destroyed me. She was wrong and I am paying the price. I was just to die. I can't live like this.