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What should I tell my pharmacist before taking desipramine?

Tell your pharmacist if you have had a heart attack recently. You may not be able to take desipramine. Tell your pharmacist if you are allergic to any drugs. List all medications, vitamins, dietary supplements and medicinal herbs you take. If you take certain other medications, your pharmacist may recommend changing your dose. They include the following:

  • other antidepressants
  • anticoagulants, or "blood thinners," such as warfarin (Coumadin)
  • cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • estrogens
  • flecainide (Tambocor)
  • guanethidine (Ismelin)
  • levodopa (Sinemet, Larodopa)
  • lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • muscle relaxants
  • phenobarbital
  • propafenone (Rythmol)
  • quinidine
  • sedatives (such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates)

Also, tell your pharmacist if you use oral contraceptives or take medication for any of the following conditions: high blood pressure, seizures, insomnia, thyroid disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, mental illness, nausea, asthma, colds or allergies.

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