Tofranil (Imipramine HCL)
What is Tofranil (Imipramine HCL) used for?
Tofranil (Imipramine Hydrochloride) is used in the treatment of depression and other mental disorders, as well as for chronic pain. It belongs to a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants, which work by helping to restore the equilibrium in the brain of certain naturally occurring substances, such as norepinephrine. This drug is also commonly prescribed to children to help prevent bedwetting. Some research has suggested that this drug may be of some use in treating ADHD or migraines.
How should I use Tofranil (Imipramine HCL)?
Tofranil (Imipramine Hydrochloride) tablets should be taken orally, with or without food. Adults are sometimes directed to take this medication 1 to 4 times daily. However, your physician may start you out on a low dosage which may then be gradually increased. When this drug is used to treat bedwetting, physicians may direct children to take one tablet one hour before bedtime. However, it is important to note that all patients using this drug should consult their physician before taking it so that the correct and precise dosage can be prescribed.
What are the side effects of Tofranil (Imipramine HCL)?
Some side effects which may occur in patients taking Tofranil (Imipramine Hydrochloride) include:
Patients should immediately consult their physician if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if they notice extreme changes in mood, unwanted breast milk production, swollen breasts, missed menstrual periods, muscle twitches, a decreased sexual ability, tremors, numb or swollen limbs or severe vomiting.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tofranil (Imipramine Hydrochloride). 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.
Consult your physician immediately if you have any thoughts of suicide.
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.