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A tricyclic antidepressant is a type of antidepressant named for its three-ringed chemical structure. Tricyclic antidepressants can be an effective treatment for depression but are less commonly used now that alternatives with fewer side effects exist. However, they remain a good option if those treatments are not effective in a given case.
Approved tricyclic antidepressants[edit | edit source]
As of June 2016, the FDA has approved the following tricyclic antidepressants to treat depression:
- Desipramine (Norpramin)
- Imipramine (Tofranil)
- Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- Protriptyline (Vivactil)
- Trimipramine (Surmontil)
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.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ 1.01.11.21.3 "Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
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