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General Information on Amoxapine

Generic Name : Amoxapine

Pronunciation : a mox' a peen

Latest prescription information about Amoxapine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : PSYCHOTHERAPEUTICS

Trade Names/Brand Names of Amoxapine

Why is Amoxapine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a tricyclic antidepressant, prescribed for depression. It increases the amount of certain natural substances in the brain that are needed to maintain mental balance.

When should Amoxapine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with concurrent treatment with MAOIs, recent heart attack, heart diseases, severe liver disease and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Amoxapine?

Adult- Initial- The recommended dose is 50 mg two or three times daily.
It may be increased up to 100 mg 3 times/day.

How should Amoxapine be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Amoxapine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart problems, epilepsy, seizures, overactive thyroid, increased eye pressure, blood disorder, suicidal thoughts, enlarged prostate, urination problem, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision or lightheadedness. Do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Patient may develop with increased risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) with the following symptoms: fever, muscle tightness, confusion, abnormal thinking, fast or irregular heartbeat and sweating. If so consult with your doctor.
Patient may develop with increased risk of involuntary movements; if so consult with your doctor.
It may develop increased risk of suicidal thoughts in children and teenagers; watch them carefully.

What are the side effects of Amoxapine?

   Most Frequent : Drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation and blurred vision.
   Central Nervous System : Anxiety, sleeplessness, restlessness, nervousness, palpitations, tremors, confusion, excitement, nightmares, incoordination and alterations in EEG patterns.
   Allergic : Swelling and skin rash.
   Endocrine : Elevation of prolactin levels.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea.
   Miscellaneous : Dizziness, headache, fatigue, weakness, excessive appetite and increased perspiration.

What are the other precautions for Amoxapine?

Avoid exposure to sunlight; otherwise it may cause sunburn.
It may cause heatstroke, protect from hot weather.

What are the storage conditions of Amoxapine?

Keep this medication in a tightly closed container and out of reach of children.


Schedule : H

Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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