Ludiomil, also known by its generic name maprotiline, is used to treat depression. Specifically, it is classified as a tetracyclic antidepressant, meaning Ludiomil inhibits the reuptake of the natural neurotransmitter norepinephrine but does not inhibit another natural substance called serotonin.
Ludiomil is also prescribed to people suffering from panic disorder, neuropathic pain, the depressive phase in bipolar depression, insomnia, anxiety and tension.
The following is a list of statistics about antidepressants according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Between the years 2011 and 2014, 12.7 percent of the U.S. population took an antidepressant medication in the last 30 days.
- Of that 12.7 percent, 8.6 percent of those who took antidepressants were male, and 16.5 percent were female.
- Non-Hispanic white Americans were more likely to medicate with antidepressants compared to Americans of other races.
- Twenty-five percent of those who admitted to taking antidepressants in the last month have been taking them for ten or more years.
Ludiomil and all other tetracyclic antidepressants are recognized under Class II by the Food and Drug Administration. This specific classification is reserved for medications that have the potential to cause a temporary health problem or slightly serious threat.
Commonly misused drugs that contain Ludiomil are only Ludiomil itself and its generic version called maprotiline.
Maprotiline affects the brain by blocking the reuptake of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine at nerve endings, which is thought to be the reason Ludiomil has antidepressant effects. Maprotiline does not primarily act by stimulation of the central nervous system, and it does not operate as monoamine oxidase inhibitor.
Ludiomil’s effects are not immediate. It is recommended you stay on the medication for a few weeks to experience its full antidepressant effects.
Everyone’s body processes Ludiomil differently, and this correlates with how long maprotiline stays in the body. Factors that influence how long Ludiomil stays in the body include age, metabolism, usage frequency, organ functions and more.
Ludiomil’s mean half-life averages 51 hours.
You must stop taking Ludiomil in order for your body to remove it from your system. Before stopping your maprotiline treatment, consult your doctor about how to gradually decrease your dosage over time to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.
Ludiomil withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, insomnia, headache, nervousness and anxiety.
Because every patient’s body responds to medications differently, several facts come into play when trying to figure out how long maprotiline stays in your system. The following are factors you should consider when estimating how long Ludiomil will remain in your body:
- Age: Your age definitely makes a difference in how your body functions. Typically, a younger person’s organ systems and metabolism have the potential to be more efficient than an older person’s would. This means maprotiline will be removed from a younger person’s body faster than an older person’s would.
- Body height, weight and fat: Your Ludiomil dosage typically corresponds to your height, weight and body fat. The bigger the person, the higher the dose. It usually takes patients with higher dosages of maprotiline longer for their body to process the medication out of their system.
- Genetics: Your genes play a role in how your metabolism functions. For this reason, your genetics also dictate how fast your body can eliminate Ludiomil from your system.
- Kidney and liver functions: These organs process and eliminates everything you put in your body. This includes medications like maprotiline. If these organs are damaged, you can expect Ludiomil to stay in your system for a longer duration of time.
- Metabolism: The faster your metabolism, the faster your body can rid itself of maprotiline.
- Usage frequency: If you use Ludiomil for a long period of time, it will remain in your system for longer. Someone who has taken Ludiomil for ten years will have to wait longer to get the medication out of their system than someone who was only on the medication for a few months.
Different types of drug tests offer different results. Based on the type of test you undergo, Ludiomil can be detectable for longer periods of time. Here’s an estimation of detection windows for maprotiline to be found after undergoing different tests:
- Urine: Ludiomil can be found in your urine test anywhere from a few days to a week after taking the medication.
- Hair: The detection window for when maprotiline can be found in your hair is longer than the time it can be found in a urine or blood test. Usually, Ludiomil can be detected in your hair follicles for up to 90 days after you used it last.
- Blood: Maprotiline can be detected in your bloodstream between 24 hours to four days.
Ludiomil (Maprotiline) Withdrawal & Detox
The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.