Compare desipramine vs. Surmontil

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

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Norpramin (desipramine)

Prescription only

Surmontil (trimipramine)

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 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Side effects
The Norpramin (desipramine) 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
  • 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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  • 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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