Silenor

(Doxepin)

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Alcoholism - Anxiety - Depression Anxiety - Depression Anxiety - Depression - Psychoneurotic personality disorder Insomnia Pruritus (Moderate)
  • Due to atopic dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus
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Helps you relax, and sleep.

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Lower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Silenor (Doxepin)

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These are side effects of Silenor (Doxepin) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Silenor (Doxepin)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Doxepin 30 minutes before bedtime so it starts working when you get in bed.
  • Avoid activities that need you to be fully alert like driving, until you know how Doxepin affects you.
  • Follow up with your doctor so he or she can make sure Doxepin is the right medication for your depression.
  • Stay away from alcohol while taking Doxepin, because it can slow your brain, and stop your breathing.
  • Some people get dry mouth, or constipation when taking Doxepin. Sugar free gum or candy can help the dry mouth, and drinking more fluid can help with constipation.
  • Avoid direct sunlight while taking this medication. When you can’t avoid it, be sure to use sunscreen. It’s also important to put on a long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, and sunglasses.

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Silenor (Doxepin)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Stay away from alcohol while taking Doxepin, because it can slow your brain, and stop your breathing.
Sex
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Some people taking Doxepin walk, drive, eat, and have sex while sleeping. Be sure to tell your doctor if this happens to you.
Sleep
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Some people taking Doxepin walk, drive, eat, and have sex while sleeping. Be sure to tell your doctor if this happens to you.
  • In a clinical trial Doxepin was able to significantly improve sleep quality.
Weight gain or loss
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.