What is Spectra (Doxepin) used for?
Spectra (Doxepin) is used in the treatment of mental problems such as anxiety, depression, manic depression and other psychiatric conditions. This drug belongs to a class of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants, which work by helping to increase the amount of certain natural substances in the brain, known as neurotransmitters, which are required for mental balance.
How should I use Spectra (Doxepin)?
Spectra (Doxepin) capsules should be taken orally. Adult patients are sometimes directed to take this medication 1 to 3 times per day. However, the exact dosage may vary depending on the specific condition being treated. Patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. Your physician may start you out on a low dosage which may then be gradually increased. It may take up to 3 weeks for the full benefits of this drug to be noticed. You should never abruptly discontinue taking this drug as doing so may cause withdrawal symptoms. Patients should instead consult their physician as their dosage may need to be gradually decreased.
What are the side effects of Spectra (Doxepin)?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Spectra (Doxepin) include:
Patients should consult their physician immediately if any of the above mentioned side effects persist or worsen, or if they notice severe changes in mood, persistent heartburn, severe stomach pain, a rapid pounding heartbeat or seizures.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Spectra (Doxepin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially heart problems, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.