OverdosePeople who take too much of a tricyclic antidepressant may have overdose symptoms that could include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Very low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Trouble concentrating
- Dilated (wide open) pupils
- Overactive reflexes
- Muscle tension
- Low body temperature (hypothermia) or high fever (hyperpyrexia)
- Loss of life.
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
A List of Tricyclic AntidepressantsThere are 11 tricyclic antidepressants currently available:
- Amitriptyline (Elavil®)
- Amoxapine (Asendin®)
- Clomipramine (Anafranil®)
- Desipramine (Norpramin®)
- Doxepin (Sinequan®, Silenor®)
- Imipramine hydrochloride (Tofranil®)
- Imipramine pamoate (Tofranil PM®)
- Maprotiline (Ludiomil®)
- Nortriptyline (Pamelor®)
- Protriptyline (Vivactil®)
- Trimipramine (Surmontil®).
Technically, maprotiline and amoxapine are tetracyclic antidepressants, due to their chemical structures. However, many sources classify them as tricyclic antidepressants, as they are so similar to tricyclic antidepressants. Also, amitriptyline is available in the following combination medications:
- Amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide (Limbitrol®, Limbitrol DS®), a combination of amitriptyline with an anxiety medication
- Perphenazine and amitriptyline (Etrafon®, Etrafon-A®, Triavil®), a combination of amitriptyline with an antipsychotic medication.