Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Ludiomil (Maprotiline) Abuse
Ludiomil, the brand name for maprotiline, is a tetracyclic drug used to treat depression and the anxiety that often accompanies various types of depression. It can also be prescribed to treat bipolar disorder during the depressive phase. Ludiomil is usually prescribed in the form of coated tablets, coming in 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg and 75 mg pills, but the dosage should always be determined by a doctor.
Although few people have reported addictive tendencies towards maprotiline, it is important to exercise caution when taking prescription medication. Because this drug is an antidepressant and needs to be prescribed by a doctor, misuse can be life-threatening.
As mentioned, Ludiomil is intended to help treat depression and the anxiety that often accompanies depression by decreasing the amount of noradrenaline and serotonin that is released in the brain. This, in turn, helps decrease feelings of anxiety, agitation and depression. It will usually take two to three weeks for Ludiomil to take effect and for you to start to feel the results of the drug.
Some common side effects that can occur with prescribed use of Ludiomil are:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
Severe side effects of Ludiomil that require immediate medical attention can include:
- Frequent mood changes
- Irregular heartbeat
- Thoughts of suicide
Not very much is known about the addictive nature of this drug, but like any other antidepressant, caution should be exercised when taking it. Only take maprotiline as prescribed by a doctor and tell them immediately if you experience any of the severe side effects listed above.
A common sign of drug addiction is mixing with other drugs and/or alcohol and taking more than the prescribed dosage. This can lead to side effects such as fatigue or anxiety; if you or a loved one are experiencing these side effects due to drug misuse, contact a doctor immediately to determine the best way to taper the drug dosage.
Misuse of Ludiomil can cause serious withdrawal symptoms and increase the risk of drastic mood changes and suicidal thoughts, just to name a few. Never stop taking Ludiomil cold turkey, as abrupt withdrawal symptoms can occur, such as headaches, insomnia and prolonged anxiety.
If you plan on taking maprotiline over a long period, be sure to have regular check-ups and blood testing done. Also, be sure to have kidney and liver tests done to make sure maprotiline isn’t interfering with their regular functions, especially if you have a previous medical history of kidney or liver damage. Maprotiline has also shown to cause lower sodium levels, which usually cause symptoms such as drowsiness, confusion and convulsions.
If you misuse Ludiomil over a long period, you can build up a tolerance to it, which sometimes leads people to self-medicate and take higher or more frequent doses without a doctor’s permission. Misuse of any drug can you put at greater risk for life-threatening side effects and even overdose, especially if it is taken over a long period.
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