Sinequan is used for the treatment of depression and anxiety. It is a type of tricyclic antidepressant, which is believed to work by allowing certain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine) to stay in the brain longer. Uses of Sinequan in children and teenagers are generally not recommended. Off-label Sinequan uses may include the treatment of insomnia, migraines, and chronic pain.
Sinequan® (doxepin hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is also used to treat anxiety.
Using Sinequan for Depression
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Suicidal thoughts.
Sinequan is approved to treat depression, including depression caused by alcoholism or other medical conditions. Keep in mind that many antidepressants (including Sinequan) take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your depression symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first, sometimes very quickly. It usually takes a few weeks before significant changes in mood occur. It is important to give Sinequan a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).