Doxepin is not addictive, and it won’t make you “high.” Although it can cause mild to severe sedation or drowsiness, it does not have a tranquilizing effect. Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant, a group of drugs with three conjoined rings in their chemical structure, which is used to treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other mood disorders. Like imipramine and amitriptyline, it is one of the classical or first-generation antidepressants. There are two types of antidepressants that have been around since the 1950s: tricyclics (TCA) and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. The first tricyclic antidepressant, imipramine, was approved in 1959 by the Food and Drug Administration, which established the TCA class of drugs as pharmacological treatment for depression.
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Doxepin is not a narcotic, but it is highly toxic in cases of overdose. You cannot purchase this medicine without a prescription. Doxepin hydrochloride is a psychotherapeutic drug, specifically a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA), used to treat psychiatric disorders including:
Depression and/or anxiety in psychoneurotic patients.
Depression and/or anxiety in alcoholic patients (should not be taken with alcohol).
Depression and/or anxiety secondary to an organic disease.
Psychotic depressive disorders with anxiety (involutional depression and manic-depressive disorders).
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