Important Info on Doxepin
Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, doxepin is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to doxepin. Some example of substitute depression medications include:
- Other tricyclic antidepressants
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Doxepin Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for Doxepin for depression and Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
- Change in heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Very low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Trouble concentrating
- Dilated (wide open) pupils
- Muscle tension
- Low body temperature (hypothermia) or fever (hyperthermia)
- Loss of life.
Overdose with doxepin can be very dangerous. If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Doxepin Overdose for more information.)