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Amoxapine is the generic name of the drug whose brand name is asendin. Asendin belongs to the group of chemicals that are called as tricyclic antidepressants. Amoxapine interferes with a chemical in the brain that gets unbalanced while a person is in depressed state. Amoxapine treats the symptoms of anxiety, depression and agitation.
The person who is allergic to Asendin should never use it. The person who had heart attack recently and those who have used MAO inhibitor such as marplan, nardil, azilect, parnate or emsam should refrain from using amoxapine. While on amoxapine one needs to call the doctor once any one or more of the following symptoms were noticed. They are panic attacks, anxiety, frequent mood changes, restlessness, hyperactive, irritable, hostile, more depressed, suicide thoughts etc.
The persons who have heart disease, history of heart attack, kidney disease, diabetes, glaucoma, urination problems, mental illness such as schizophrenia etc should not use amoxapine. At times the doctor may prescribe amoxapine but may alter the dosage and may subject the individual for special tests. The medicine should not be given to those below 18 years of age.
Amoxapine should be used strictly as per the prescription. The medication should not exceed the prescribed dose or duration. The doctor may alter the dosage depending on the response of your body and such alterations should be followed as it is. One should use the medication for at least 3 weeks to see the improvement. Let the doctor be informed if there is no improvement even after 3 weeks of time. Asendin should be stored at room temperature and should be kept away from moisture and heat. .one should avoid alcohol completely while on amoxapine and one should not combine with drugs that cause sleepy such as cold medicines.
Here are few side effects which need to be reported to the doctor at once. They are uneven heart rate, fast and pounding heart rate, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading from arm to shoulder accompanied with sweating, general ill feeling, sudden weakness or numbness, confusion, sudden head ache, vision problem, speech problem, fainting, feel light headed, continuous muscle movements in the eyes, neck, jaw or tongue, un controllable shaking, tremors, muscle stiffness, fever with confusion, sweating etc
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