Some considerations for when and how to take imipramine include:
- Imipramine comes in capsule form. When used for depression, it is usually taken by mouth one or two times a day.
- When used just once a day, imipramine should be taken at bedtime.
- It does not matter if you take the medication with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Imipramine should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels of the medication in your blood.
- For the medicine to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Imipramine will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose of imipramine that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your imipramine dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Imipramine Pamoate Dosing for more information about dosing for imipramine.)
As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with imipramine. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug well. When imipramine side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by your healthcare provider. Serious side effects of imipramine are less common.
Common side effects of tricyclic antidepressants (such as imipramine) can include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty urinating
- Dry mouth (see Imipramine and Dry Mouth).
(Click Imipramine Pamoate Side Effects to learn about the specific side effects of imipramine, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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