Tofranil is a medication against depression. It’s also used to help reduce bedwetting in some children. If determined by your doctor, it may also be used for other conditions.
Use Tofranil as your doctor directed.
- You may take Tofranil orally, no matter with or without food.
- If you take Tofranil at bedtime, you will reduce possible side effects (for example daytime drowsiness). Discuss this possibility with your doctor.
- It may take from 1 to 3 weeks before you will be able to notice the action of Tofranil. Even if you feel well, continue to use Tofranil. Don’t miss any doses.
If you have any questions concerning about using Tofranil, ask your doctor.
Tofranil works by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain that help elevate mood.
If you miss a dose of Tofranil, take it as soon as possible. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take 2 doses at once.
Keep Tofranil at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture and direct light. Additionally, it should be stored far from children and pets.
Tofranil Safety information
You should not use Tofranil if one of this applies to you:
- you have allergy to any of the ingredients contained Tofranil;
- you are treating with such medications as furazolidone, phenelzine, astemizole, droperidol, or terfenadine or took them within the last 14 days;
- recently (less than 6 month ago) you had a stroke or heart attack.
It is important to remember:
- Tofranil may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. To reduce these effects you should consider taking Torafil at bedtime; ask your doctor before you start any new medications (especially sleep aid, muscle relaxers) and do not take much alcohol. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to Torafil.
- Children, teenagers or young people who take Tofranil sometimes may experience suicidal thoughts or actions – at least the risk for this increase. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to Torafil’s side effects (this refers to every medication). So, it is necessary to watch all patients who take Tofranil closely. Contact the doctor immediately such symptoms as depressed mood; restless or irritable behaviour happen. Also dangerous are panic attacks or any unusual change in mood or behaviour. If they occur also contact your doctor.
- You may experience light-headedness while taking Tofranil. Do not be at the street during hot weather, do not exercise too much. Notice that fever may increase these effects. We advise to sit up or stand slowly in the morning and to sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.
- Please avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths and use a sunscreen together with wearing protective clothing while you are taking Torafil, because it increases sensitivety to the sun.
- It is better to tell the doctor or dentist that you take Tofranil before you receive any emergency medical care, including dental operations and especially surgery.
- Be sure to keep doctor appointments and lab tests – you should regularly control blood counts and urine.
- Do not give Tofranil to children younger than 6 years. It is unsafe.
- There is no evidence if Torafil is excreted to breast milk and if it causes harm to human fetal. It is better not to take it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you have to take it, discudd all possible risk and probable benefits with your doctor.
Tofranil Side effects
Talk to your doctor if listed below side effects persist or become bothersome:
- Dizziness, nightmares; upset stomach; dry mouth; drowsiness; headache; nausea;; pupil dilation; sensitivity to sunlight; sweating; impotence; unusual tiredness or weakness; large or sudden weight loss or gain.
Call emergency if:
- You took Torafil and think that you have severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing;; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
- blurred vision or other vision changes;
- changes in sex drive;
- chest pain; confusion; constipation;
- fainting and fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat;
- fever; frequent or difficult urination;
- impulsive behavior or other unusual changes in behavior (see safety information);
- spasms of jaw, neck, or muscles;
- worsening of depression;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Tofranil is prescription medication and should be used only by those to whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people. If your depression does not improve within 3 weeks or if your symptoms become worse, check with your doctor as soon as possible.