Vivactil – See Related Topics

Prescribed mainly for the treatment of depression and anxiety, Vivactil (protriptyline) is a TCA (tricyclic) antidepressant drug. Vivactil works for the user by increasing concentrations of serotonin and norepinephrine (two naturally-occurring chemicals in the brain), and by blocking acetylcholine. Mood disorder symptoms manifest when there is an imbalance of these chemicals.

Vivactil is also prescribed for off-label use of the following conditions: narcolepsy, bed wetting (enuresis), panic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and chronic pain. Occasionally, it is also used to help people breaking from an addiction to cocaine or nicotine.

Vivactil is not considered a physically addictive drug, but it can be misused. Users may wish to enhance their state of well-being and self-regulate their dosing – taking more than is prescribed or taking it more often. They will not achieve a euphoria as seen with narcotic drugs but may feel a slight lift in mood. However, altering the dose can lead the body to building up a tolerance and then more is needed to stay at this new emotional level. Tolerance leads to dependency, and that leads to a psychological addiction as the user becomes reluctant to decrease the dose back to the prescribed amount out of fear of feeling less mentally stable.

Vivactil can become addictive if not used as recommended. If you suspect you or someone you know may be dependent on it, or you just want to learn more about Vivactil, The Recovery Village has answers for some common inquiries in our related topics.


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Mixing Vivactil with AlcoholDrinking while on Vivactil may intensify the effects of the alcohol, and taking Vivactil may impair your reaction time or thinking process.