Compare Silenor vs. Vivactil

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.

Vivactil (protriptyline) is part of the first choice of medicines for depression, but it can cause problems with your heartbeat and change your sex drive.

  • 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.
  • Vivactil (protriptyline) is part of the first choice medicines for treating depression.
  • Compared to similar medicines, Vivactil (protriptyline) is less likely to make you feel sleepy.
  • Available in generic.
  • 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.
  • Vivactil (protriptyline) can lower your sex drive more than some other similar medicines.
  • Because Vivactil (protriptyline) can cause dizziness, people age 65 and older need to take precautions when taking Vivactil (protriptyline).
  • Vivactil (protriptyline) can worsen heart conditions. If you have a history of heart problems, you may need to have regular testing for your heart.
Used for
  • Alcoholism - Anxiety - Depression Anxiety - Depression Anxiety - Depression - Psychoneurotic personality disorder Insomnia Pruritus (Moderate)
  • Due to atopic dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus
  • Urticaria
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Side effects
The Silenor (Doxepin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Vivactil (protriptyline) 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
    • Under age 24
  • Possible bipolar disorder
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart disease
    • Overactive thyroid
  • Higher risk of seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Changes in blood pressure
    • High blood pressure
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