Compare Silenor vs. Surmontil

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

Helps you relax, and sleep.

Doxepin is a non-addictive way to help people stay asleep, but it comes with a list of side effects.

Improves your mood.

Surmontil (trimipramine) is good at treating depression, but it can cause more side effects, like sleepiness and weight gain, compared to other medicines.

Upsides
  • In a clinical trial Doxepin was able to significantly improve sleep quality.
  • Doxepin helps improve your appetite, energy level, and sense of well-being, which increases your interests.
  • Once your body gets used to Doxepin, most of the side effects go away.
  • Doxepin comes in a generic form, so it is pretty cheap.
  • Doxepin is not addictive.
  • Surmontil (trimipramine) is part of the first choice medicines to treat depression.
  • Available in generic and in three different strengths.
  • Can be taken once a day, usually before you go to bed.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
Downsides
  • Some people taking Doxepin walk, drive, eat, and have sex while sleeping. Be sure to tell your doctor if this happens to you.
  • Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.
  • Taking Doxepin can make emptying your bladder difficult.
  • Some people have suicidal thoughts when taking Doxepin.
  • Doxepin can interact with many different medications, vitamins, and alternative treatments.
  • You might not notice changes in your mood until you've taken Surmontil (trimipramine) for several weeks.
  • Stopping Surmontil (trimipramine) suddenly without telling your doctor can be dangerous.
  • Surmontil (trimipramine) can cause more side effects than other medicines used to treat depression.
Used for
  • Alcoholism - Anxiety - Depression Anxiety - Depression Anxiety - Depression - Psychoneurotic personality disorder Insomnia Pruritus (Moderate)
  • Due to atopic dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Price
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Side effects
The Silenor (Doxepin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Surmontil (trimipramine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
No information currently available
  • Higher risk of suicide
    • People under age 24
  • Possible bipolar disorder
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • Buspirone
    • ADHD medicines
    • Triptans
    • SSRI antidepressants
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart disease
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Withdrawal symptoms
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