Desyrel does not provide immediate relief.
Desyrel is prescribed for the treatment of depression.
It may take up to 4 weeks before you begin to feel better, although most patients notice improvement within 2 weeks.
Desyrel side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
More common side effects may include:
- Weight gain or loss;
- Uncoordinated movements;
- Nightmares or vivid dreams;
- Nasal or sinus congestion;
- Low blood pressure;
- Inability to fall or stay asleep;
- Fluid retention and swelling;
- Fast or fluttery heartbeat;
- Dry mouth;
- Dizziness or light-headedness;
- Decreased appetite;
- Brief loss of consciousness;
- Blurred vision;
- Anger or hostility;
- Aches or pains in muscles and bones;
- Abdominal or stomach disorder;
Less common or rare side effects may include:
- Tingling or pins and needles;
- Sweating or clammy skin;
- Shortness of breath;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Prolonged erections;
- Muscle twitches;
- More frequent urination;
- Menstrual problems;
- Itchy eyes;
- Increased sex drive;
- Increased appetite;
- Impaired speech;
- Impaired memory;
- High blood pressure;
- Hallucinations or delusions;
- General feeling of illness;
- Excess salivation;
- Ejaculation problems;
- Delayed urine flow;
- Decreased sex drive;
- Decreased concentration;
- Chest pain;
- Blood in the urine;
- Bad taste in mouth;
- Allergic reactions;
Desyrel is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to desyrel or similar drugs;
- If you have heart disease;
Do not take Desyrel with any of the following drugs:
- Warfarin (coumadin);
- Phenytoin (dilantin);
- Other antidepressants such as prozac and norpramin;
- Drugs for high blood pressure such as catapres and wytensin;
- Digoxin (lanoxin);
- Chlorpromazine (thorazine);
- Central nervous system depressants such as demerol and halcion;
- Barbiturates such as seconal;
- Antidepressant drugs known as mao inhibitors, including nardil and parnate;
The safety and effectiveness of Desyrel have not been established in children below 18 years of age.
The usual starting dosage is a total of 150 milligrams per day, divided into 2 or more smaller doses.
Total dosage should not exceed 400 milligrams per day, divided into smaller doses.
Your doctor may increase your dose by 50 milligrams per day every 3 or 4 days.
Because this medication makes you drowsy, your doctor may tell you to take the largest dose at bedtime.
Once you have responded well to the drug, your doctor may gradually reduce your dose.
Symptoms of a Desyrel overdose may include:
- Painful erection;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Breathing failure;