Silenor is a low-dose form of doxepin, a tricyclic sedating antidepressant. In the lower dose, Silenor is used specifically to treat patients with insomnia (when a person has trouble falling asleep or maintaining sleep through an entire night) coupled with depression. This drug is not used exclusively for treating insomnia but is instead used to calm the mind for those individuals who have some form of depression.
When used as directed by a physician, there is little risk of serious side effects. However, sleeping pills such as Silenor can have harmful interactions if used by an individual that it is not intended for. For example, people with conditions such as COPD, kidney disease, liver disease, or asthma are warned not to take medications like Silenor. Additionally, alcohol or even grapefruit juice consumption during use of Silenor can be very adverse, even fatal, as the combination chemically changes how Silenor affects the body.
Because it is recommended that this drug only be taken for a few days, becoming addicted to sleeping pills such as Silenor is a distinct possibility. Reliance on taking the medication can become a dependency. If doses are increased or the frequency of taking Silenor is changed, the user’s body can build a tolerance to the drug. Over time, this becomes an addiction and stopping use of Silenor can be difficult to do alone.
Do you know somebody who needs help with an addiction to Silenor? The Recovery Village has ways to assist you. You can learn more by reading our frequently asked questions, contact us by calling the toll-free hotline, or live chat with one of our agents to discuss Silenor addiction and treatment options. Your conversation is always confidential.
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