Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects of Vivactil Abuse
Despite its proven benefits, this drug also has a lengthy list of side effects. Those side effects should be seriously considered and weighed against the anticipated benefits by every person interested in this medication.
In the following information, the common signs, symptoms and side effects to watch for when taking Vivactil will be presented.
The average course for Vivactil is six months with full effectiveness occurring somewhere in the 2-4-week range.
Some symptoms that can occur because of taking Protriptyline as prescribed or excessively include:
- Weight gain
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
A doctor should be contacted immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Persistent heartburn
- Anxiety, frustration, or confusion
- Muscle spasms
- Irregular heartbeat
- Eye pain
- Severe dizziness
Due to the mind-altering effects of Protriptyline, people taking it might grow used to the feeling of decreased depression symptoms and begin to feel reliant on the medication.
The US government classifies these psychiatric medications as non-abusable, but any chance of possible addiction and substance misuse is increased if people take Vivactil excessively and disregard the direction of their physician.
If a person ceases taking Protriptyline suddenly, they can expect to experience a rise of withdrawal-like symptoms. It is recommended for a patient to slowly phase out the medication and consult their doctor if any discontinuance symptoms arise or increase.
Behavior should be monitored for a period after starting to take Vivactil to ensure that depression is not increasing, and if it’s found that it is getting worse, the dosage should be gradually reduced so as not to abruptly cause the rise of other withdrawal symptoms.
It’s of the utmost importance that anyone considering taking or already taking a tricyclic antidepressant such as Vivactil deeply ponder the short-term side effects and potentially long-lasting side effects.
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