Tofranil – See Related Topics

Commonly prescribed for the treatment of certain types of pain, anxiety, and depression, Tofranil is one of the older tricyclic antidepressants (TCA) drugs on the market. Available only by prescription, Tofranil helps to positively alter the mood of the user by working to increase concentrations of two neurotransmitter (serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain. These neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals that, when off balance, cause the symptoms commonly associated with these conditions.

In addition to originally being prescribed to help patients with depression, Tofranil is sometimes used to treat off-label conditions like panic disorder, bedwetting, phantom limb disorder, and conditions associated with nerve pain (shingles infection, diabetic neuropathy).

TCA drugs in general are not thought to be addictive from a physical perspective, but they can become psychologically addictive. This happens as a person attempts to elevate their sense of well-being and then misuses the drug – either by taking doses larger than prescribed or taking it more frequently. While a “high” like those that result from misuse of narcotics is not possible, they will feel better – for a while. Eventually, the dose needs to once again increase as a tolerance has developed. With added tolerance to Tofranil comes a dependency on its use, and a psychological addiction has occurred. Tapering or stopping “cold turkey” can bring on unpleasant side effects so continuation of the drug often happens, and the cycle of misuse continues.

For anyone who suspects an addiction to Tofranil has formed and they want to learn how this can be stopped, our frequently asked questions can help, or you can contact The Recovery Village by calling our toll-free hotline.


Tofranil Related Topics

Mixing Tofranil With AlcoholMixing Tofranil and Alcohol can result in the worsening of side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.