Depression is a kind of sense, when sadness and gloominess seem to be an all-pervasive and a constant condition. Sinequan has been created to raise the mood of patients who suffer from depression. Nortriptyline is also a sedative preparation, which is used to help patients with insomnia, restlessness and nervousness. It also may be helpful in treating chronic pain and the pain of neuralgia.
Sinequan is a tricyclic anti-depressant medication (TCAs). In some patients, suffering from depression, abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals that the nerve cells used for communication between each other) can be one of the causes of the depression. Nortriptyline is able to elevate the mood by raising the level of neurotransmitters in the brain.
The dose of Sinequan assimilates fast and it should be chosen according to the patient’s needs. Physicians are recommended to start with low doses, for example 25mg, taken three times a day, for the patient not to appear to be under excessive sedation in the beginning of the course; doses should be increased slowly. (It may take some time before a dose will have a maximal effect on patient.) Some physicians prefer to give Nortriptyline once daily, which is usually given at bedtime to be more assimilated with its sedative properties. Elderly patients and patients with advanced liver disease should take this medication more carefully and in lower doses.
If you forgot to take the scheduled dose in time, take it straight away as soon as you remember. If it is the time of the next dose, skip your missed dose and continue your usual dose schedule. Do not double the dose, it is not necessary.
Sinequan should be kept below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) in a tight, light resistant container.
Sinequan Safety information
There is very limited information about the influence of the Sinequan on the foetus in time of pregnancy. During pregnancy Sinequan is prescribed only if its advantages are able to outweigh the possible risks. It is unknown if Sinequan could be excreted into breast milk.
Sinequan Side effects
Usual possible side effects, which may be caused by the Sinequan, are the following:
- fast heartbeat,
- difficulties during urinating,
- weight gain or loss,
- blurred vision,
- dry mouth and constipation,
- low blood pressure when going from sitting to standing.
If you have glaucoma, use Sinequan with caution, because it may become a reason of increased pressure in the eyes.
Overdose of Sinequan can provoke patient into life threatening abnormal heart rhythms or even seizures.
Do not stop taking Sinequan abruptly. If anti-depressants are stopped taken abruptly, it may cause the following symptoms: headache, dizziness, nausea, changes of mood, changes in the sense of smell, taste, etc. That is why it is highly recommended for the patients to reduce the doses gradually when therapy is over.
Do not share this medication with others, especially if it was not prescribed to them. Keep all medical appointments.