Tricyclic antidepressant

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A tricyclic antidepressant is a type of antidepressant named for its three-ringed chemical structure.[1] Tricyclic antidepressants can be an effective treatment for depression but are less commonly used now that alternatives with fewer side effects exist.[1] However, they remain a good option if those treatments are not effective in a given case.[1]

Approved tricyclic antidepressants[edit | edit source]

As of June 2016, the FDA has approved the following tricyclic antidepressants to treat depression:[1]

Use in ME[edit | edit source]

Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline or clomipramine are commonly used in ME/CFS to treat chronic pain and to aid regular sleep.[citation needed]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved January 9, 2019.