Sinequan FAQ

Sinequan, also called doxepin when made available as a generic drug, is primarily sold as an oral medication, used to treat anxiety or depression, though a cream version is also available. The cream is used to treat conditions where itchiness is present – such as atopic dermatitis, lichen simplex chronicus, or chronic hives. The drug has antihistamine properties that work to help quell the itch sensation in those using it for relief from these conditions.

In its oral form, Sinequan is a prescription-based tricyclic antidepressant used to treat anxiety or depression. Another use is as a treatment for people having trouble sleeping (insomnia). As a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) it works on the central nervous system by increasing levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain. These neurotransmitters are both important in controlling mood. Sinequan has been shown to be especially effective for individuals recovering from alcoholism, as it helps to greatly reduce anxiety and depression associated with withdrawal symptoms. Caution needs to be taken when Sinequan is used by adolescents as it is suspected to increase instances of suicidal thoughts in this population.

Sinequan should not be taken with MAOI (monoamine oxidase) antidepressants as this can cause a greater risk of adverse reactions.

Since Sinequan works on parts of the brain, the side effects can be serious. Some of these include increased depression, hyperactivity, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, elevated heart rate, agitation, hostility, impulsivity and aggression.

Sinequan is generally not considered physically addictive, though a psychological addiction can form as a user becomes reluctant to attempt going without the drug for fear their original symptoms may once again manifest.

If you or somebody you know is using Sinequan and you suspect there may be an addiction, you can learn more by checking out the FAQ section, or contact The Recovery Village at any time to get the answers you need.