Vivactil FAQ

Vivactil is classified as a tricyclic (TCA) antidepressant drug, primarily prescribed to treat depression and anxiety. Other uses of Vivactil (also known by its generic name of protriptyline) have included bulimia nervosa, enuresis (bed wetting), panic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, migraine headaches, chronic pain, bipolar disorder (during the depressive phase), and cocaine dependency. Some patients have also been prescribed Vivactil to help quit smoking.

This drug works by increasing the concentrations of two naturally occurring chemicals in the brain – serotonin and norepinephrine, and to block acetylcholine. Imbalances in these chemicals result in the mood-related symptoms that manifest in the conditions for which it is prescribed.

There are many side effects that users of Vivactil are warned to look for. These can include numbness or weakness, lack of coordination, nausea or vomiting, dry mouth, decreased libido, impotency, vision issues, trouble talking, confusion, restless muscles, chest pain, hallucinations, unusual thoughts, and even seizures.

Vivactil is not a drug that can produce a “high” like that experienced by taking narcotics, though sometimes people will attempt to achieve a better state of well-being by consuming more of this drug. They will not encounter a physical addiction to Vivactil, but they can achieve a psychological addiction. As their body become more tolerant to the drug, more is needed to feel balanced. They may feel reluctant to return to the prescribed dosage, as that may bring back more of the unpleasant symptoms that caused them to start on this medication.

A commonly prescribed antidepressant, Vivactil can become addictive if not used as recommended. Whether you just want to learn more about Vivactil or suspect someone you know may be dependent on it, The Recovery Village has answers for some common inquiries.