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Vivactil Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Protriptyline is in a class of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants. It works by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain that help to maintain mental balance. It is used to treat depression.

Vivactil Dosage

  • The usual starting dose for adult is 15 to 40 milligrams in 3 or 4 doses per day.

Uses of Vivactil

  • Vivactil is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat depression.
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Vivactil

Before taken Vivactil medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Vivactil. Side effects may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Breast milk production
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Exacerbation of psychoses
  • Fatigue
  • Heart block
  • Insomnia

Warnings and precautions before taking Vivactil:

  • If you are taking Vivactil, then it may cause heartbeat irregularities. So you should be used Vivactil with extra caution.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • If you are having surgery such as dental surgery, then you should tell the doctor that you are taking protriptyline.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Vivactil with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Vivactil with the following:

  • Antipsychotic medications such as Mellaril and Thorazine
  • Barbiturates such as Nembutal and Seconal
  • Cimetidine
  • Decongestants such as Sudafed
  • Epinephrine
  • Flecainide
  • Norepinephrine
  • Propafenone
  • Quinidine
  • Tramadol
Overdose

After taken Vivactil if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Vivactil overdose include:

  • Convulsions
  • Agitation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Hyperactive reflexes
  • Low body temperature
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Stupor
  • Vomiting


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