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What are the side effects of imipramine?

Initial dosing can increase thoughts of suicide, especially in people 24 years of age and younger. Common side effects, like drowsiness, can affect some daily activities. If any of the following side effects are persistent or worsen, talk to your doctor. These include: blurred vision, constipation or diarrhea, decreased sex drive or difficulty having an orgasm, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, impotence, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, nightmares, nausea, vomiting, ringing in your ears, stomach ache and swelling of the breasts (men and women). If any of the following behavioral side effects develop, talk to your doctor right away. These include: aggression, hyperactivity, increased thoughts of suicide, increased depression, insomnia, irritability, manic behavior and panic attack. Although unwanted side effects can be uncomfortable, do not stop taking your medication unless directed to do so by your doctor. Stopping your doses suddenly can cause symptoms of withdrawal. If you have any of the following severe side effects, talk to your doctor right away. Serious side effects include: chest pain; confusion or hallucinations; change in frequency of urination; easy bruising or bleeding; feeling short of breath; irregular heartbeat (fast, pounding or uneven); irregular movement of the eyes, tongue, jaw or neck; malaise; persistent thirst with headaches, nausea, vomiting and weakness; rash; sudden weight gain; sudden numbness or weakness; sudden headaches, confusion, blurred vision, speech or lack of balance. Certain lab tests may be needed to monitor blood sugar levels while using imipramine.

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