Surmontil FAQ

Surmontil (also called trimipramine when sold as a generic) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) drug most commonly used to treat depression. It is primarily used for the treatment of major depressive disorder where its sedative effects are important. Due to its anxiolytic, sedative, and antipsychotic effects, it is also used for the treatment of other conditions like psychosis, insomnia, and anxiety disorders. As a TCA class drug, Surmontil works to restore the balance of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain – both naturally made chemicals that help to affect mood of the user. A further use, based on the relief of anxiety and depression that derives from the chemical balancing, is for individuals who are recovering from addiction to alcohol or narcotics.

Surmontil is known to interact with a large list of items, including prescription medications and products purchased over the counter such as pain medications, nasal spray, antacids, vitamins, and homeopathic remedies so care needs to be taken to disclose these items to an attending medical care provider. Additionally, as an antidepressant, Surmontil has a list of potentially severe side effects that include mood swings, anxiety, agitation, increased depression, and thoughts of harming one’s self or others.

Surmontil is non-addictive – but it can be hard to stop using this medication. If stopped suddenly, the user can expect an increase in side effect symptoms. This tends to keep the person using the drug – just to avoid these effects. While not a physical addiction, this is a psychological one as the person’s reluctance to re-experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal, or those the drug was used to combat in the first place, keeps the cycle going.

Help to break this cycle is available. To learn more, check out the frequently asked questions provided or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about options for recovery.