Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 135670

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Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone?

Posted by jay on January 13, 2003, at 11:29:02


When I was first diagnosed with depression,(like, 1000 years ago...err..ok 12 years ago), I was given amitriptyline and 3 mg a day of Ativan (lorazepam)
Well, the Ativan worked great..but of course not the amitriptyline. Now I have to wait 3 weeks to my refferal to the Mood Disorders Clinic to get a good, *full* diagnosis.

Anyhow..I've responded well to other tricyclics, and was wondering if imipramine has kept anyone's anxiety and depression at bay? How about with a benzo?

Thanks...
Jay

 

Re: Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone? jay

Posted by BrittPark on January 13, 2003, at 11:59:04

In reply to Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone?, posted by jay on January 13, 2003, at 11:29:02

I've been taking imipramine and xanax (for breakthrough episodes) for 20 years. Overall imipramine has worked for my anxiety and depression. For me the side-effects are minimal (except for the effects of dry mouth: big dentist bills over the years). If you've responded well to TCAs in the past it's certainly worth trying imipramine. If you do try it take it all at night as its fairly sedating. YMMV

Hope that helps,

Britt

 

Re: Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone?

Posted by lostsailor on January 13, 2003, at 12:30:53

In reply to Re: Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone? jay, posted by BrittPark on January 13, 2003, at 11:59:04

hi there.

Over the past 5 yrs. I have tried so many different cominations it's confusing to even remember them all, although I think I do.

RE: Imipramine...I too found that while it may have worked a bit the side effect esp the dry mouth mentioned by another 'poster" was very problematic.

The best thing I think is to get that proper diagnosis from the "clinic.

Re Bezos: I have been on four different ones and change from short acting xanax and avitan to meds with longer "half-lifes" like klonopin and valium when doing better. xanax or valium have been the most evvective i feel. 3 mgs of ativan daily, to me, is not much--i needed 8 and still found it not the best. xanax i take at 8 mgs a day and when on valium 60 mgs daily (doses are high, but doc feels the need and trusts the fact that they are not abused--a big issue in the medical community.

Also, the "newer" seritonin reuptake inhibitors--ssris--(prozac, paxil ect)
and many others are helpful to many pple myself inculded. I am on Lexapro currently ( a newer for of celexa)and lamictal ( for mood swings)-- i also take ambein as needed for sleep but find the commecials for it on tv more sedating than the medication it self.

Good Luck with all...hope this helped a bit.

~tony

 

Re: Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone?

Posted by babs on January 13, 2003, at 16:59:56

In reply to Re: Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone?, posted by lostsailor on January 13, 2003, at 12:30:53

I was on imipramine for twelve years and it worked great- no need for benzos or anything else. I found it to be very soothing and I agree with Britt that you should take it at night. I slept like a baby on it and I was so bummed when it pooped out after twelve years. If it would work again, I'd go back on it in a heartbeat!

 

does imipramine cause weight gain? eom

Posted by highanxiety on January 13, 2003, at 18:50:35

In reply to Imipramine for Anxiety/Depression..anyone?, posted by jay on January 13, 2003, at 11:29:02

thanks

 

Re: does imipramine cause weight gain? Good ?..

Posted by jay on January 14, 2003, at 8:31:48

In reply to does imipramine cause weight gain? eom, posted by highanxiety on January 13, 2003, at 18:50:35


In my research of everything possible on imipramine, it seems sometimes yes it can cause weight gain...and sometimes may cause a bit of weight loss. I imagine it is also weight neutral for many also. I'd say the best bet is to give it a shot, as I have rarely had problems with TCA's causing as much weight gain as the newer SRI's and SNRI's...even if they did cause a bit. (Especially amitriptyline!)

Jay

 

Re: does imipramine cause weight gain? thanksjay

Posted by highanxiety on January 14, 2003, at 9:54:16

In reply to Re: does imipramine cause weight gain? Good ?.., posted by jay on January 14, 2003, at 8:31:48

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