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Norpramin is a tricyclic antidepressant that your doctor may recommend for you as a way to overcome feelings of sadness, being on edge, loss of appetite, and thoughts of harming yourself. Depression is thought to be a result of an imbalance of brain chemicals, also known as neurotransmitters. Norpramin or generic Desipramine works with serotonin and norepinephrine in particular. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) usually inhibit the absorption of serotonin in your brain, but Norpramin inhibits the absorption of norepinephrine as well. This is another type of neurotransmitter and its job is to move nerve impulses between neurons. By doing this, your brain retains more norepinephrine which will improve your heart rate, blood flow, and stimulates the release of blood sugar which is compared to adrenaline. This helps to boost your mood so you are less inclined to feel blue and your interest in daily living is restored.
Depression is a recognized medical condition that can be brought on by any number of life altering situations. If the essential neurotransmitters in your brain become unbalanced, your moods may change and you could find yourself turning to alcohol or drugs which only add to your low mood. Many are unable to hold a job, continue with school, or cannot connect with family and friends. Taking Norpramin will help to regulate your brain chemicals and help you get back to your life. Find a qualified therapist that can help you understand the symptoms of depression and learn to work through them.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding before you start taking Norpramin so it can be decided if the benefits outweigh the risks to your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements, then your doctor can determine if Norpramin is the right drug for your situation.
Combining Norpramin with other medications could cause adverse reactions or change its efficacy. Although Norpramin is an efficient medication, you may not notice any improvements for a couple of weeks so you must be patient. You will also benefit from a strong support system with family and friends and regular therapy sessions. Do not attempt any tasks that require you to be alert and in control until you know how your body is affected by Norpramin.