Sinequan is a tricyclic antidepressant. These antidepressants are extremely effective when used in conditions like depression. Like many other anti depressants, Sinequan also works by changing the levels of certain mood enhancing chemicals in the brain.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Sinequan may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Sinequan always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Sinequan ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Sinequan each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Sinequan falls under tricyclic antidepressant and it may work by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain, which help elevate mood, although the exact procedure is unknown.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Sinequan must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Sinequan (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Sinequan if you are allergic to any ingredient in Sinequan or to other tricyclic antidepressants, you have certain prostate problems (eg, asymptomatic prostatic hypertrophy), glaucoma, or trouble urinating, you are taking clonidine, an H1 antagonist (eg, astemizole, terfenadine), or ibutilide, or you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, furazolidone, phenelzine, isocarboxazid) within the past 14 days
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention like if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement,if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have a history of heart problems, seizures (eg, epilepsy), overactive thyroid, prostate problems (eg, benign prostatic hypertrophy [BPH]), blood problems (eg, porphyria), other mental or mood problems, suicidal thoughts or attempts, or alcohol abuse
Certain medicines may interact with this drug likeAntiarrhythmics (eg, quinidine, propafenone, flecainide), antifungal medicines (eg, fluconazole, terbinafine), carbamazepine, cimetidine, mibefradil, phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine, thioridazine), or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine, sertraline), Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), H1 antagonists (eg, astemizole, terfenadine), ibutilide, sulfonylureas (eg, tolazamide, glipizide), sympathomimetics (eg, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine), or tramadol, Clonidine, guanadrel, guanethidine, or guanfacine, MAOIs (eg, furazolidone, phenelzine, isocarboxazid).
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Sinequan. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Sinequan usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Sinequan. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.