Silenor (Doxepin Hydrochloride)
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Doxepin Hydrochloride Information
(dox' e pin)
- Wash the affected skin with water and a mild soap or soapless cleansing lotion and pat dry with a soft towel.
- Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected skin. Gently and thoroughly massage it into the skin. Be careful not to get the medication in your eyes or mouth. If you do get doxepin in your eyes, wash with plenty of water and call your doctor if your eyes are irritated.
- Do not cover the affected area with any bandages, dressings, or wrappings.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after you finish handling the medication.
Before using doxepin cream,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan) or any other medications.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antidepressants (mood elevators); antihistamines; carbamazepine (Tegretol); cimetidine (Tagamet); medications for irregular heartbeat, including encainide (Enkaid), flecainide (Tambocor), propafenone (Rythmol), and quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex); and medications for mental illness and nausea. Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the following medications or have stopped taking them within the past 2 weeks: monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, including isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), and tranylcypromine (Parnate). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma, benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of the prostate), or urinary retention (inability to empty your bladder completely or at all).
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using doxepin, call your doctor. You should not use doxepin if you are breast-feeding.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using doxepin.
- you should know that doxepin may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you. If you become very drowsy from doxepin, talk to your doctor.
- remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication.
- dry mouth
- dry lips
- extreme tiredness
- mood changes
- taste changes
- burning or stinging at affected area
- worsened itching
- dryness and tightness of skin at affected area
- tingling of the fingers or toes
- swelling of the affected area