Tricyclic antidepressants are a category of antidepressants drugs that share identical biological effects and chemical structures. Tricyclic antidepressants treat bipolar disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and several other mood disorders. They are also analgesics for migraine prophylaxis and treatment of chronic pain. Researchers believe that people suffering from depression might have cases of unbalanced neurotransmitters, natural substances that nerves build and use to pass information to the other nerves. Tricyclic antidepressants enhance serotonin and norepinephrine levels, the neurotransmitters and inhibit acetylcholine actions, another neurotransmitter. Bringing back the balance of these two neurotransmitters alleviate depression in the brain. In addition, tricyclic antidepressants block histamine activity and cause sedation.
Drugs found in drug class Tricyclic Antidepressants include:
Tricyclic antidepressants enhances the levels of particular brain chemicals that regulate signals of pain and improve your mood. The natural chemicals are neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Elevated levels of these neurotransmitters in turn blocks acetylcholine actions thus alleviate depression. Low dosages of tricyclic antidepressants relieve chronic pain while higher doses have antidepressants effects. Various conditions treated by drugs in this class include:
Tricyclic antidepressants, just like other medications, may have their unwanted effects. Any unlikely situation you might experience, immediately seek medical attention. The more common side effects include:
Other side effects:
Rare side effects:
There are various possible interactions with tricyclic antidepressants. That is drug, food, or lifestyle changes interactions. In the case of drug interactions, don't start or stop using the drug or even amend the prescribed dosage without consulting your doctor. A few of drugs that cause severe interactions with tricyclic antidepressants include:
Alcohol also interacts with tricyclic antidepressants. It blocks the action of the antidepressant.
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