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  Pamelor
Drug uses
Pamelor is a trycyclic antidepressant used to treat continuous pain, depression, several skin problems and sometimes even bedwetting. The medicine combines the properties of a stimulant, depressant and metabolizes in liver.
How taken
Pamelor is available as liquid and capsules taken by mouth either with or without food usually 3-4 times a day. Follow the doctor’s directions. The doses will vary and depend on the patient’s health conditions.
The medicine is taken with food in order to reduce the risk of stomach upset unless the doctor advised you to do it the other way. Average dose a day:
Kids 6-12 y.o.:10-20 mg
Teens: 25-50 mg
Adults: 25-150 mg 3-4 times a day
Elderly people: 30-50 mg
Precautions
1 Do not exceed the dose prescribed.
2 Tell the doctor if there are any allergies that you have especially the ones to medications such as Trazodone, Carbamazepine, any other trycyclic antidepressants and Maprotiline.
3 Inform your doctor about the medicines you are taking or planning to take. Be sure to mention:
Antipsychotics
Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors (an interval of a fortnight is needed)
Pimozide
Pemoline
Amphetamines
Medicine for overactive thyroid
Clonidine
Trimeprazine
Rauwolfia alkaloids
Methyldopa
Guanethidine
Promethazine
Epinephrine
Metoclopramide
Guanadrel
Phenylephrine
Medicines for breathing problems
CNS depressants
Metyrosine
Cimetidine
Ephedrine
Appetite suppressants
Medications for cold,allergies
Metrizamide
Isoproterenol
4 Visit your doctor regularly to let him control your progress.
5 Do not take alcohol drinks during the treatment.
6 The doctor should know if you are under 18 y.o.
7 Children are more subject to having side effects though they may go away in the process of treatment. They tend to have ideas about doing harm to themselves or killing themselves during the treatment.
8 Studies have shown that the medicine is not safe for both a pregnant woman and an unborn baby. The treatment may do harm to the baby. Consult with the doctor if you are pregnant or you are planning to have a baby.
10 Do not perform dangerous tasks until you know how your body reacts to the medicine.
11 Pamelor get into breast milk, so it shouldn’t be used by a mother during lactation period.
12 Tell the doctor if you or any member of your family have any specific medical conditions such as:
Schizophrenia
Bipolar disorder
Overactive thyroid
Liver/stomach/blood pressure/urination/prostate/heart/kidney/blood/breathing problems
Glaucoma
Mania
Enlarged prostate
Seizures
Suicidal thoughts
Smoking
13 Do not discontinue using this medicine suddenly if you feel better, the doctor will help you to do it gradually.
14 The medicine may start working only in several weeks of treatment.
15 Make sure the specialists know about the medicine you are taking before you have any kind of surgery.
16 The medicine is to be used by the one it’s prescribed to and for the conditions it’s prescribed for.
Side effects
Some side effects may go away as the body gets used to the medicine (within a month of treatment).
The most common side effects are constipation, sleep disturbance, giddiness, weight gain, diarrhea, skin sensitive to sunlight, irritability, nightmares, sweating, problems with vision, sleepiness, dry mouth, stomach upset. Check with your doctor if the ones mentioned above occur and search for medical help if heartbeat irregularity, changes of mood, uncontrollable movements of the limbs, swallowing and speech problems, convulsions, fever, problems with urination, swollen face, spasms in the body, bleeding are observed.
Missed dose
If you miss a dose, your actions will depend on how often you are to take the medicine. If it’s several times a day, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, though if it’s time for another dose, skip it and go back to your schedule. If you take the medicine only once a day, skip the missed dose.
Overdose
In case of overdose call the emergency immediately. It may be characterized by the following signs: excitement, unconsciousness, flushing, convulsions.
Storage
  • Keep away from children
  • Store at room temperature
  • Keep away from direct light, damp places and heat
  • Dispose of an outdated medicine