Precautions and Warnings With Tricyclic Antidepressants
There are several precautions and warnings with tricyclic antidepressants. For example, it's important to know that these drugs may increase your risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, affect the heart and its electrical system, and make schizophrenia worse. You should not take tricyclic antidepressants if you have had a recent heart attack or have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks.
Tricyclic Antidepressants: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Severe anxiety or agitation
- Had a recent heart attack
- Heart problems, including heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Bladder problems or difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol regularly.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.