Helps you relax. Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. Stabilizes your mood. Norpramin (desipramine) is not a first choice for treating depression because of its effects on the heart, but it can be good if other medicines haven't worked. Find lowest prices Save on your next prescription. Be sure you’re getting the lowest price for your medication, even if you have insurance.
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The desipramine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
More about desipramine side effects » How it works Ativan desipramine Ativan (Lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Norpramin (desipramine) is a tricyclic antidepressant. It increases the amount of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals that regulate mood. Type of medication Ativan desipramine Prescription only Prescription only Available as Ativan desipramine Used for Ativan desipramine Risk factors for serious side effects Ativan desipramine › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Long-term use › Alcohol Detailed Ativan (lorazepam) risks & warnings » › People under age 24 › Tricyclic antidepressants › Fentanyl › Tramadol › Buspirone Detailed Norpramin (desipramine) risks & warnings »
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
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Interactions Ativan desipramine › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications. No interactions related info.
Alcohol Ativan desipramine › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol. No alcohol related info.
Sleep Ativan desipramine › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. No sleep related info. Upsides and benefits Ativan desipramine › Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks). › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications. › Norpramin (desipramine) is available in generic and in many different strengths, so the dose can be more customized. › Norpramin (desipramine) has fewer side effects than similar tricyclic antidepressants. Downsides and risks Ativan desipramine › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly. › Most people find that it gets less effective over time. › Norpramin (desipramine) isn't recommended if you or your family has heart disease, seizures, or glaucoma. › Norpramin (desipramine) isn't a first choice for depression because it has more side effects than other antidepressants. › In some people, Norpramin (desipramine) can make you sleepy. In other people, Norpramin (desipramine) can keep you awake. › If you have diabetes, Norpramin (desipramine) can make your blood sugar go up. › Not recommended in children under 12 years of age. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Ativan desipramine › Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. › Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed. › Starts working in 10 to 20 minutes when dissolved under your tongue. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Norpramin (desipramine) affects you since it can make you feel sleepy. › Talk to your doctor right away if your mood suddenly darkens and you want to hurt yourself while taking Norpramin (desipramine). › If you're being switched to Norpramin (desipramine) from monoamine oxidase inhibitors, you'll need to wait 2 weeks before you can start it. › Don't stop taking Norpramin (desipramine) suddenly without talking to your doctor first. Learn more More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about desipramine Side effects Alternatives FDA package insert