Without a Prescription
Dosulepin is prescribed to treat depression and the anxiety associated with depression. Depression is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in parts of the brain. This affects your whole body and can cause emotional and physical symptoms such as feeling low in spirit, loss of interest in activities, being unable to enjoy life, poor appetite or overeating, disturbed sleep, often waking up early, loss of sex drive, lack of energy and feeling guilty over nothing. Dosulepin works by correcting this chemical imbalance and may help relieve the symptoms of depression.
Do not take Dosulepin in case you have/are: allergic to dothiepin, other tricyclic antidepressants ; liver problems ; if you are taking monoamine oxidase ; inhibitor (MAOI); if you suffer from epilepsy (fits or convulsions). Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to any medicine that you have taken previously , to treat your current condition , You have heart or kidney problems, You have difficulty passing urine , You are having electrical shock treatment , You are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding , You suffer from an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or are receiving thyroid medication , You suffer from raised pressure in the eye (glaucoma), You have suicidal thoughts or have attempted suicide in the past , You suffer from mania (mood of excitement, over-activity and uninhibited behaviour) or Bipolar Disorder , You have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes. Drug Interactions: Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (e.g. moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine) Other antidepressants (e.g. SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants) Guanethidine and Other Adrenergic Neurone Blocking Drugs (used to lower blood pressure) Sympathomimetics, such as nasal decongestants (used for colds or hay fever) and anticholinergic medicines Tranquillisers and Central Nervous System Depressants (e.g. barbiturates) Antihistamines Anaesthetics.
The more common side effects of Dosulepin are : Stomach or bowel problems (e.g. nausea, vomiting, constipation) ; Drowsiness; Dry mouth or taste change ; Increased sweating; Shakiness or tremor; Changes in your sex drive ; Dizziness ; Impaired concentration or thought processes ; Vision problems ; Irregular heart beats, also called palpitations.
In case of an overdose contact your doctor immediately or the National Poisons Information Centre or go to the Emergency department at your nearest hospital. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Do not take Dosulepin after the expiry date shown on the pack/blister strip or if the packaging shows signs of tampering. Keep your Dosulepin capsules or tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. Store below 25°C and out of reach of children. Avoid exposure to heat, light and moisture. Do not store Dosulepin, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink
Other Brand Names
In some countries Dosulepin may also be known as: