Tofranil is used to treat depression and it works by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain that help elevate mood.
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.
Tofranil may be taken by mouth with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Tofranil 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 Tofranil each day. Taking Tofranil at bed time can reduce its side effects. It may take several days to show its effect.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Tofranil falls under tricyclic antidepressant and it works by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain that help elevate mood.
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.
Tofranil 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 at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C).
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Tofranil (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Tofranil if you are allergic to any ingredient in Tofranil;
you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine) within the last 14 days, or if you are taking astemizole, droperidol, or terfenadine.
you are recovering from a recent heart attack.
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 drink alcohol-containing beverages daily or you have a history of alcohol abuse
if you take thyroid medicine or you have a history of overactive thyroid, glaucoma, heart problems, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, seizures, the blood disease porphyria, or difficulty urinating
if you have a history of suicidal thoughts or behavior, bipolar disorder, or any other mental disorders; you are undergoing electroshock therapy; or you are scheduled to have any surgery.
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like
Azole antifungals (eg, fluconazole), cimetidine, duloxetine, flecainide, methylphenidate, mibefradil, phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), propafenone, quinidine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine), or terbinafine.
Arsenic, astemizole, droperidol, furazolidone, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), pimozide, streptogramins (eg, dalfopristin), terfenadine, or tramadol.
Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital) or phenytoin.
Anticholinergics (eg, benztropine), carbamazepine, or sympathomimetics (eg, phenylephrine.
Clonidine, guanethidine, or guanfacine.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Tofranil. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Tofranil usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Tofranil. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.