Side Effects of Tricyclic Antidepressants

Side Effects of Tricyclic Antidepressants to Report

There are a number of possible side effects with tricyclic antidepressants that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Heart attacks or strokes
  • Changes in heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • A fast heart rate (tachycardia) or feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (palpitations)
  • Seizures
  • Confusion, delusions, or hallucinations
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Any breast changes, including breast enlargement or breast discharge
  • Swelling of the testicles
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior (see Tricyclic Antidepressants and Suicide)
  • Hostility or aggressiveness
  • Engaging in unusual or dangerous activities
  • Restlessness or inability to sit still
  • Extreme elation or feelings of happiness that may switch back and forth with a depressed or sad mood
  • Other unusual changes in behavior
  • Anxiety, agitation, or panic attacks.
     

A Summary of Side Effects of Tricyclic Antidepressants

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the tricyclic antidepressant side effects explained above. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of the tricyclic antidepressant, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
You can also read about specific side effects for each individual tricyclic antidepressant by going to the specific drug within the eMedTV Web site.
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