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Asendin is a prescription medication used to treat Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). It may be prescribed after other antidepressant medications have been tried and failed.
Asendin belongs to the class of antidepressants called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by affecting the neurotransmitters that pass chemical signals between brain cells.
The neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine are responsible for creating the moods we feel in the brain. Certain people with MDD have low levels of these neurotransmitters, and Asendin helps increase the levels and improve mood.
The starting dose of Asendin is 25-50 mg by mouth one to three times per day. Your healthcare provider can increase the dose over 1-2 weeks until it becomes effective at treating symptoms.
The usual dosage of Asendin is 200-300 mg divided into two or three doses per day. The maximum is 400 mg total in a day.
Amoxapine is Asendin's active ingredient.
Asendin can interact with any of the following medications:
The above list includes severe drug-drug interactions. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medications that you are taking.
Do not take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) while taking Asendin. If switching to or from MAOIs, then 14 days should elapse between a dose of each drug.
Some antidepressants have been associated with negative effects on mood or suicidal thoughts, especially in younger patients.
Ask your doctor about all precautions when starting Asendin.
The most amoxapine common side effects may include:
Asendin [package insert]. Parsippany, NJ: Watson; 2014.