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imipramine

Pronunciation: im IP ra meen

Brand: Tofranil

Imipramine Hydrochloride

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10 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with GG, 41

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, beige, imprinted with 47, GG

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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50 mg, round, green, imprinted with GG, 42

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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10 mg, triangular, yellow, imprinted with par, 54

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, brown, imprinted with 55, par

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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50 mg, round, green, imprinted with 56, par

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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10 mg, triangular, yellow, imprinted with par, 54

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, brown, imprinted with 55, par

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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50 mg, round, green, imprinted with 56, par

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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10 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with V11, LU

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, green, imprinted with V12, LU

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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50 mg, round, brown, imprinted with V13, LU

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Imipramine Pamoate

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pamoate 100 mg, capsule, orange/yellow, imprinted with LU, U02

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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10 mg, round, yellow, imprinted with MP 4

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, beige, imprinted with 47, GG

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, brown, imprinted with 55, par

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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25 mg, round, brown, imprinted with MP 8

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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50 mg, round, green, imprinted with MP 79

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Imipramine Hydrochloride

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50 mg, round, green, imprinted with 56, par

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Imipramine Pamoate

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pamoate 100 mg, capsule, red/yellow, imprinted with 54758

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Imipramine Pamoate

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pamoate 125 mg, capsule, brown, imprinted with 54466

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Imipramine Pamoate

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pamoate 150 mg, capsule, brown, imprinted with 54 161

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Imipramine Pamoate

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pamoate 75 mg, capsule, brown, imprinted with 54591

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Tofranil

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25 mg, round, orange, imprinted with M inside a box, 25

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Tofranil

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50 mg, round, orange, imprinted with 50, M inside a box

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Tofranil

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10 mg, triangular, orange, imprinted with 10, M inside a box

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What is the most important information I should know about imipramine?

What is the most important information I should know about imipramine?

Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.

What is imipramine?

What is imipramine?

Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat symptoms of depression. Imipramine is sometimes used to treat bed-wetting in children ages 6 and older.

Imipramine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking imipramine?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking imipramine?

You should not use imipramine if you are allergic to it, or if:

  • you recently had a heart attack; or
  • you are allergic to other antidepressants (amitriptyline, amoxapine, clomipramine, desipramine, doxepin, nortriptyline, protriptyline, or trimipramine).

Do not use imipramine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, and others.

Tell your doctor if you have used an "SSRI" antidepressant in the past 5 weeks, such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline (Zoloft), trazodone, or vilazodone.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • heart disease, stroke, or seizures;
  • bipolar disorder (manic-depression), schizophrenia or other mental illness;
  • kidney or liver disease;
  • overactive thyroid;
  • narrow-angle glaucoma; or
  • problems with urination.

Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Stay alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

You should not breastfeed while using imipramine.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice. Imipramine is not approved to treat depression in anyone younger than 18 years old. Imipramine should not be used to treat bed-wetting in a child younger than 6 years old.

How should I take imipramine?

How should I take imipramine?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Tell your doctor if you have a planned surgery.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.

You should not stop using imipramine suddenly. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of imipramine can be fatal.

Overdose symptoms may include irregular heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out, seizures, or coma.

What should I avoid while taking imipramine?

What should I avoid while taking imipramine?

Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with imipramine.

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Imipramine can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

What are the possible side effects of imipramine?

What are the possible side effects of imipramine?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding, purple or red spots under your skin;
  • tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • new or worsening chest pain, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • sudden numbness or weakness, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • fever, sore throat;
  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • painful or difficult urination;
  • seizure (convulsions); or
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

  • increased blood pressure;
  • tingly feeling, weakness, lack of coordination;
  • dry mouth, nausea, vomiting; or
  • breast swelling (in men or women).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect imipramine?

What other drugs will affect imipramine?

Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking imipramine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Many drugs can affect imipramine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about imipramine.

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