Compare desipramine vs. Oleptro

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Norpramin (desipramine)

Prescription only

Oleptro (Trazodone)

Prescription only
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.

Improves mood and helps you sleep.

Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 59 reviewsforOleptro
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
  • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
  • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
  • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
  • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
  • More sedating than other antidepressants.
  • Causes more side effects when used at higher doses for depression. Includes sleepiness, dizziness, upset stomach, and irregular heartbeat.
  • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
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Dosage forms
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  • Pill
  • Extended release
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saidit'sworth it
49%
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24%
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Side effects
The Norpramin (desipramine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
29possible side effects
  • Somnolence/Sedation
    46%
  • Drowsiness
    41%
  • Dry Mouth
    34%
  • Headache
    33%
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
    28%
  • Dry mouth
    25%
  • Dizziness
    25%
  • Nausea
    21%
  • Blurred Vision
    15%
  • Fatigue
    15%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    13%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Constipation
    8%
  • Skin Condition/Edema
    7%
  • Weight Loss
    6%
  • Nasal/Sinus Congestion
    6%
  • Abdominal/Gastric Disorder
    6%
  • Syncope
    5%
  • Musculoskeletal Aches/Pains
    5%
  • Tremors
    5%
  • Nightmares/Vivid Dreams
    5%
  • Weight Gain
    5%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Vision blurred
    5%
  • Sexual dysfunction
    5%
  • Hypotension
    4%
  • Incoordination
    2%
  • Ejaculation disorders
    2%
  • Decreased libido
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Higher risk of suicide
    • People under age 24
  • Possible bipolar disorder
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • Buspirone
    • ADHD medicines
    • Triptans
  • Changes to the heartbeat
    • History of heart disease
  • Higher risk for seizures
    • History of seizures
    • History of brain damage or alcohol withdrawal
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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 years or younger
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
    • Alcoholism
    • Eating disorder
    • Higher dose
    • Drug interactions
  • Painful erection
  • Low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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