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Is desipramine safe for my child?

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of desipramine for adolescents 13 and older. There are situations where doctors prescribe desipramine for children ages six to 12 years of age. Studies have found that a small number of children and young adults begin to think about committing suicide or harming themselves after they start taking antidepressants such as desipramine.

It's not clear that antidepressants actually cause suicidal thoughts, however, because depression itself can increase the risk for suicidal behavior. Pay close attention to your child's mood and behavior after he or she begins taking desipramine. Also, desipramine may cause the skin to become sensitive to the sun, so make sure your child wears sun block.

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