Capsules: 10 milligrams,
Capsules: 25 milligrams,
Capsules: 50 milligrams,
Capsules: 75 milligrams,
Capsules: 100 milligrams,
Capsules: 150 milligrams.
Sinequan is prescribed to elevate the mood of patients with depression.
Sinequan is prescribed in depressed patients with insomnia, restlessness, and nervousness.
Sinequan is prescribed for treating chronic pain and the pain of neuralgia.
Sinequan is prescribed in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It helps relieve tension, improve sleep, elevate mood, increase energy, and generally ease the feelings of fear, guilt, apprehension, and worry most people experience. It is effective in treating people whose depression and/or anxiety is psychological, associated with alcoholism, or a result of another disease (cancer, for example) or psychotic depressive disorders (severe mental illness). It is in the family of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants.
The dose of Sinequan is tailored to the patient's needs.
Sometimes, physicians will start with relatively low doses,
such as 25 milligrams, given three times a day, to reduce the risk of excessive
sedation early in the course; doses then will be increased slowly. (It may take
several weeks before the effects of a dose are maximal.) Other
physicians prefer to give nortriptyline once daily, in which case it is generally
given at bedtime to take advantage of its sedating properties. Elderly
persons and patients with advanced liver disease may need lower doses.
The starting dose for mild to moderate illness is usually 75 mg per day. This dose can be increased or decreased by your doctor according to individual need. The usual ideal dose ranges from 75 mg per day to 150 mg per day, although it can be as low as 25 to 50 mg per day. The total daily dose can be given once a day or divided into smaller doses. If you are taking this drug once a day, the recommended dose is 150 mg at bedtime.
The 150-mg capsule strength is intended for long-term therapy only and is not recommended as a starting dose.
For more severe illness, gradually increased doses of up to 300 mg may be required as determined by your doctor.
Safety and effectiveness have not been established for use in children under 12 years of age.
Due to a greater risk of drowsiness and confusion, older people are usually started on a low dose.
The most commonly encountered side effects associated with Sinequan include:
- Blurred vision;
- Dry mouth;
- Low blood pressure when going from sitting to standing orthostatic hypotension);
- Rapid heart rate;
- Urinary retention (difficulty urinating);
- Weight gain or loss;
Sinequan also can cause elevated pressure in the eyes of some
patients with glaucoma. Overdose with Sinequan can cause life
threatening abnormal heart rhythms or seizures.
Sinequan side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Water Retention;
- Trouble Urinating;
- Rapid Or Irregular Heartbeat;
- Low Blood Pressure;
- Light Sensitivity;
- Itchy Or Scaly Skin (Pruritus);
- Dry Mouth;
- Blurred Vision;