Vivactil (Protriptyline) Addiction and Abuse
Vivactil was approved by the FDA in 1967, though it is not commonly prescribed due to its severe side effects compared to other antidepressants. It is normally only prescribed after other antidepressants are found to be ineffective with a patient’s symptoms of depression.
Vivactil may take up to 4 weeks before it achieves desired affects, though it typically begins working within the first week. Do not exceed the dosage amount given by a healthcare provider.
Inform your doctor of any previously taken medications to avoid interactions with Vivactil.
Protriptyline can cause severe side effects due to its impact on neurotransmitters. If any severe side effects occur, get in touch with a doctor immediately. Common side effects include dry mouth, nausea, blurred vision, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weakness. The more serious side effects of Vivactil are fainting, irregular heartbeat and chest pains, numbness, unable to keep balance, hallucinations, seizures, and painful urination problems. Protriptyline may cause worsened depressive symptoms, mood changes, increased suicidal thoughts, and insomnia.
If any severe side effects begin, get in touch with a doctor immediately.
Abruptly stopping protriptyline may increase the chances and severity of withdrawal symptoms. Always finish a Vivactil prescription. A doctor will decrease the prescribed dosage amount over time to avoid symptoms that arise upon discontinuance of use. Do not consume alcohol while taking Vivactil as it may lead to overdose.
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