What is Doxepin?

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Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat depression. It can also be applied on the skin to relieve itching associated with atopic dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus. It may also be used as an analgesic for certain chronic and neuropathic pain and for anxiety.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Sleep problems 107 66
Insomnia 84 60
Depressed mood 17 6
Fibromyalgia 14 4
Pain 11 6
Tension headache 11 6

Show all 69 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 19
Moderate 22
Mild 28
None 67

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Doxepin

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 6
Groggy in morning 5
Weight gain 5
Dry mouth 4
Daytime sleepiness 3
Dizziness 3

Show all 53 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Doxepin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 9
50 mg daily 9
25 mg daily 8
150 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 3
75 mg daily 2
200 mg daily 2
6 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
20 mg twice daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Doxepin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 36
Side effects too severe 27
Doctor's advice 25
Other 16
Course of treatment ended 7
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 89 patients who've stopped taking Doxepin

Duration

Currently taking Doxepin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Doxepin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 107
Usually 22
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 102
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 10
< $25 83
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Doxepin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 8
Zolpidem (Ambien) 8
Alprazolam (Xanax) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 2
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Doxepin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 2
asenapine (Saphris) 1
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Citalopram (Celexa) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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11 patient evaluations for Doxepin

Jul 6, 2017 (Started Apr 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 14, 2016 (Started Nov 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depression with anxiety)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excessive dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The unexpected positive effect is causing drowsiness, which allows me to sleep at least eight full hours without worrying about the burden of insomnia, this has been a positive side effect since the Nov. 2013 month and year since I began taking Doxepin.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 30, 2015 (Started May 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Panic attacks)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Originally I started to take it for insomnia and depression. I was constantly waking due to panic attacks so Doctor put me back on Resterol.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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