Compare Oleptro vs. amoxapine
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.
While Asendin (amoxapine) can treat depression, you have to take it several times a day and it can make you feel sleepy.
- 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.
- Asendin (amoxapine) can be used to treat more severe forms of depression.
- Compared to similar medicines, Asendin (amoxapine) improves the mood in depression more quickly.
- Asendin (amoxapine) is available as generic.
- 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.
- Asendin (amoxapine) is not a first choice medicine for depression because of side effects.
- In some people, Asendin (amoxapine) can stop working as early as 2-3 months after you start taking it.
- Not recommended in older people, children under 16, or people who've had a history of seizures.
- Extended release
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- Dry Mouth34%
- Dry mouth25%
- Blurred Vision15%
- Drowsiness or fatigue14%
- Dry mouth14%
- Vision changes7%
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Age 24 years or younger
History of seizures
...and 4 more risk factors
- Low blood pressure
Age 65 years or older
- Driving impairment
...and 1 more risk factors
- Increased risk of suicide
People under age 24
- Vision changes
- Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Slowed breathing
Taking opioids for pain relief or medicines for anxiety
- Anticholinergic effects/Dehydration
Over age 65