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Doxin (doxepin) is in the serotoninâ€“norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) class of drugs. It is used to treat a range mental disorders, but it particularly shines when treating depression and anxiety.
At lower doses Doxin is used to treat insomnia, and in cream form doxepin is used to treat itching. The medication is also used to treat nerve pain, usually with other medications.
At higher doses Doxin alleviates symptoms of:
Doxin should not be given to patients under 12 years old, and patients age 12 to 16 may require modified dosing. Speak to a doctor.
Treatment with Doxin
Doxin comes in tablets; tablets are best swallowed whole. Patients who have difficulty swallowing whole tablets can get an oral solution instead; speak to a pharmacist.
Food with tablets is optional, but may mitigate gastrointestinal side effects, if experienced. Taking each dose with a glass of fluid is recommended.
If treating mental disorders, it's important to understand that Doxin must be taken daily over the long term for effects to be seen. Treatment typically spans 9 months, but can continue for longer if it continues to provide benefit.
In insomnia, which typically uses lower doses, the medication is used both long-term and as-needed. It depends on the cause of the insomnia as well as patient response to treatment. If using the medication daily, lower doses---50 mg or less---can be taken for years.
To treat anxiety, depression, and similar disorders:
To treat insomnia:
In mental disorders, some effects---particularly a reduction in anxiety---are usually noticeable within the first couple weeks of treatment. However, it takes three or four weeks for Doxin's full antidepressant effects to be seen. Patients who don't notice any improvement after a month should discuss the issue with a doctor; dosage may be increased or alternative products tried.
Patients taking Doxin report:
For unclear reasons, some patients simply don't respond to treatment. There are numerous other antidepressants out there that may work better; don't be afraid to consult a doctor if Doxin isn't producing results.
Before Taking Doxin
Patients should not take Doxin if:
Numerous other medications can interact with Doxepin. Check with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing treatments.
Most side effects from Doxin are mild and not cause for concern unless severe enough to be disruptive. Most are also transient, and stop occuring as the body adjusts to treatment. Common side effects include:
More serious side effects are rare, but do warrant immediate medical attention if they occur:
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should discuss risks with a doctor before taking Doxin. If Doxin is already being taken and pregnancy is discovered, speak with a doctor about the best course of action.