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What should I know about imipramine before using it?

Before using imipramine, it's important to know that this drug is a tricyclic antidepressant. Initial dosing may increase thoughts of suicide, especially in people 24 years of age and younger. Dosing varies and will depend on the severity of the depression and reaction to treatment; dosing can change over time. It's important to know that if you suddenly stop taking imipramine you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Some medications used to treat pre-existing health conditions can interact with imipramine. Before using imipramine, tell your doctor about any other medical conditions you may have, such as adrenal gland tumor; diabetes; glaucoma; heart disease or a history of heart attack, stroke or seizures; kidney or liver disease; bipolar disorder; overactive thyroid; and urination problems. Dosing also can be affected by medical procedures such as surgery. While taking imipramine, your skin can be more sensitive to UV rays, so it's important to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburns. You also may develop certain side effects, such as drowsiness or dizziness that can affect some of your daily activities. Talking to your doctor about possible side effects is a good way to begin weighing the benefits and risks of using imipramine to treat your depression.

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