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Pamelor

Pamelor is a tricyclic antidepressant.

Drug Uses

Pamelor is used for the treatment of depression. It is also prescribed for various other conditions.

How Taken

Pamelor must be used as directed by your doctor. It should be taken with food to avoid stomach upsets.

Missed Dose

If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.

More Information

Side-effects of Pamelor include dizziness, vision problems and drowsiness which can intensify if taken simultaneously with alcohol and/or other medications. In the early stages of dosage do not drive or perform potentially dangerous activities in case you have an adverse reaction to the drug. If symptoms do not improve, or worsen, contact your doctor immediately. Pamelor should only be taken by the patient for whom it was prescribed. Never increase or decrease the dosage without first consulting your doctor.

Warnings/Precautions

Before taking Pamelor, ensure that the doctor has a full knowledge of your medical history, including possible allergic reactions to any component of Pamelor. Pamelor is to be used with extreme caution if the patient has any of the following conditions: Bipolar Disorder or other mental disorders, a history of suicidal thoughts, having electroshock therapy, scheduled to undergo surgery, drink alcohol daily or have a history of alcohol abuse, using thyroid medication, have an overactive thyroid, heart problems, glaucoma, liver or kidney problems, difficulty in urinating, diabetes, seizures, porphyria, pregnant or planning to fall pregnant, or breastfeeding. It is not yet known if Pamelor harms a fetus. If a woman falls pregnant while using Pamelor, she should immediately consult a doctor to discuss the risks of using the drug during pregnancy. Pamelor is excreted in breast milk so do not breastfeed while using the drug. Pamelor has been known to have an adverse reaction with certain medications, therefore inform your doctor of all medicines you are using, including herbal varieties, over-the-counter remedies and dietary supplements. Pamelor should not be given to patients who have taken furazolidone or monoamine oxidase inhibitors, e.g. Phenelzine, in the last 14 days, or patients using astemizole, dofetilide, droperidol, terfenadine, or cisapride, or recovering from a recent heart attack. Be cautious in hot weather, or during exercise, as heatstroke has been known to occur. Drinking alcohol while using Pamelor can also cause dizziness. To prevent fainting, sit up or stand slowly, especially when you wake up in the morning. Sit or lie down as soon as you feel dizzy, light-headed or weak. Antidepressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and teenagers. This risk may also be higher in patients with genetic Bipolar Disorder (manic depression), or a history of suicide attempts. Patients using Pamelor should be closely observed and if any of the following conditions occur, contact a doctor immediately: anxiety, restlessness, depression, irritability, suicidal thoughts, mood swings or other changes in behavior. Avoid exposure to the sun during the early stages of dosage in case you have an adverse reaction to the drug. Pamelor has been known to increase sensitivity to the sun. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds in the early stages of dosage. If you must go outdoors use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing. If you have any medical or dental procedure, ensure that the doctor or dentist knows you are using Pamelor. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Pamelor and might require a lower dose. Use Pamelor with extreme caution in children as safety and effectiveness have not yet been established.