Silenor (Doxepin)

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What is Silenor (Doxepin) prescribed for?

It generally depends on the person, but most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep. While children and teens need more. It’s well known that if you didn’t sleep well last night you may need to catch up on your sleep the next day. As one gets older you will begin to notice how your sleeping pattern has changed, with lighter and shorter periods of shut eye.

Everyone undergoes through a rocky night of sleep every now and then, and many things accumulate to that, including stress. However, if it becomes much more persistent you may want to speak with your doctor. Since a sleeping disorder can happen to anyone.

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder in which you have problems falling and staying asleep. The condition can be short term or it can last a long time. It may also come and go. Acute insomnia last from one night to a few weeks. Whereas, it becomes chronic when it happens at least three nights a week for three months or more.

This medication is used to treat a sleeping disorder known as insomnia. When taken, it may help you stay asleep longer and reduce the number of times you wake up during the night. Doxepin belongs to a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. It is not know how this medication improves your sleep, thought It may be due to blocking histamine receptors.

This medication is taken by mouth, usually once at night within 30 minutes before your bedtime on an empty stomach. Or as directed by your doctor. Do not take it within 3 hours of a meal because the effect of the medication will be delayed.

Do not take this medication unless you are able to get a full night of sleep, which is 7 to 8 hours, before you must be active again. Remember those dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Doxepin; or to other tricyclic antidepressants (such as amoxapine); or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following; problems urinating (urinary retention), personal or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type).

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Drowsiness or nausea may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Rarely, after taking this drug, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake ("sleep-driving"). People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events. This problem can be dangerous to you or to others. If you find out that you have done any of these activities after taking this medication, tell your doctor right away. Your risk is increased if you use alcohol or other medications that can make you drowsy while taking doxepin.

At higher doses, doxepin is used to treat a variety of other conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. It can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication (especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition. Tell the doctor right away if you notice worsening depression/other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes (including new/worsening anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, very rapid speech). Be especially watchful for these symptoms if a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: eye pain/swelling/redness, widened pupils, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night, blurred vision).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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