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Desipramine

Desipramine (Norpramine, Pertofrane)

Desipramine is an antidepressants from the heterocyclic antidepressants family of drugs. This drug is used mainly in the treatment of endogenous depression but is also used to reduce the craving for cocaine. It may also be used to treat associated depression and chronic pain syndromes or attention deficit disorder in children over six. It may also be used to treat resistant malaria or reduce binge eating in patients with bulimia.

Warnings

  • The habit-forming potential is none. This drug if beneficial should be taken for about six months and for some people up to a year.
  • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant, try some non-drug alternatives.
  • Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
  • Do not give this drug to small children and in lower doses to adolescents. Children and adolescents should always be under the care of a child psychiatrist when taking this drug. If over sixty only use drug in small doses and with close monitoring of it’s side effects. The elderly should be careful when standing, the blood pressure lowering effects of this drug may make them fall.

Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this drug or any drug in this class in the past.

Inform your Doctor if

  • You had negative reactions to this drug or any drug in this class in the pass.
  • If you have epilepsy,
  • If you have glaucoma.
  • If you have cardiovascular, or thyroid disease.
  • If you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drug.
  • If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be under-going any medical tests.

Symptoms or Side Effects

Common

  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure

Rare

  • Allergies
  • Confusion
  • Increased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Palpitations
  • Skin rashes
  • Seizures
  • Sexual problems

See doctor always

  • Allergies
  • Confusion
  • Low blood pressure
  • Skin rashes
  • Seizures
  • Sexual problems

See doctor if severe

  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Palpitations

See doctor NOW

  • Allergies
  • Confusion
  • Skin rashes

Stop taking and see doctor NOW

  • Seizures