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When and How Do I Take Them?Some general considerations for when and how to take tricyclic antidepressant medications include:
- They are taken by mouth. Some people take their tricyclic antidepressant several times a day, while others take it just once a day at bedtime.
- If your tricyclic antidepressant makes you drowsy, ask your healthcare provider about taking it at night.
- You can take them with or without food. If your tricyclic antidepressant bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- They should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For tricyclic antidepressants to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed. Your medication will not work if you stop taking it.
Tricyclic Antidepressant DosageThe dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The specific type of tricyclic antidepressant
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
Side Effects(The tricyclic antidepressant side effects listed below are NOT a complete list of possible side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you. You can also read about specific side effects for each type of tricyclic antidepressant by going to the specific drug within the eMedTV Web site.)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty urinating
- Dry mouth (see Tricyclic Antidepressants and Dry mouth)
- Blurred vision.