Opipramol

Description

Opipramol is a tricyclic antidepressant used for the treatment of generalized anxiety and somatoform disorders. Take this medicine at the same time regularly. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Opipramol

  • Tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure
  • Drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain
  • Confusion

Uses of Opipramol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Somatoform disorder
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended while receiving this medicine as it may increase the risk of severe adverse effects such as dizziness, confusion, lack of coordination, etc. Avoid performing activities that need high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if alcohol and this medicine are used together.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to opipramol or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Narrow angle glaucoma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Urinary retention

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with acute urinary retention or prostate hypertrophy with residual urinary retention due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) due to the increased risk of serious and life-threatening side effects. A time gap of at least 14 days should be maintained between stopping therapy with MAOIs and starting therapy with this medicine.

Gastrointestinal obstruction

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with paralytic ileus or pyloric stenosis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Withdrawal symptoms

Abrupt discontinuation of this medicine may increase the risk of adverse effects, especially if you have been using a high dose for a long duration. A gradual dose reduction is recommended to avoid these reactions. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.

Driving or operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Use in Children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients below 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. However, your doctor may prescribe this medicine if the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. In such a case, the patient should be monitored closely for any adverse effects.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with liver disease due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Regular monitoring of the liver function tests is recommended while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended while receiving this medicine as it may increase the risk of severe adverse effects such as dizziness, confusion, lack of coordination, etc. Avoid performing activities that need high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if alcohol and this medicine are used together.
Interaction with Medicine

Beta blockers

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

Phenothiazines

Quinidine

SSRIs

Anticonvulsants

Disease interactions

Seizure disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with seizure disorders due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Regular monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Kidney Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Regular monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Cardiovascular disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular diseases due to the increased risk of severe side effects. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Regular monitoring of the cardiac function is necessary for such patients while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor since this medicine may cause withdrawal symptoms.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Causes sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by acting on certain chemical substances in the brain which helps in maintaining the mental balance.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Tricyclic antidepressants

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Opipramol#

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Information on this page was last updated on 6 Feb 2019

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