Vivactil

(protriptyline)

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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.

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Quick facts about Vivactil
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (protriptyline)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

Vivactil (protriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant. It regulates mood by raising the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain.

Quick facts about Vivactil
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (protriptyline)

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What to expect when you take Vivactil (protriptyline) for Depression

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  • Possible side effects
  • Higher risk of suicide
  • Sleepiness
  • Heart attack
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Seizures
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Side effect rates for Vivactil (protriptyline)

Risks and Warnings for Vivactil (protriptyline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Under age 24

    Taking Vivactil (protriptyline) can make you more likely to harm yourself or commit suicide, especially if you are younger and during the first few weeks of taking the medicine. If you or your child feel like they want to hurt themselves while taking Vivactil (protriptyline), call the doctor right away.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Vivactil (protriptyline) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats depression.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats depression.

Common concerns from people taking Vivactil (protriptyline)

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Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Vivactil
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