Amoxapine, also called Asendin, is an antidepressant medication that is sometimes prescribed for manic depression or bipolar disorder. Amoxapine is a drug that is part of a group called tricyclic antidepressants. These drugs affect the chemicals in the brain when they become unbalanced. The symptoms that amoxapine treats are things like: anxiety, agitation, and depression.

If you are allergic to amoxapine do not use the medication; also, if you have recently had experienced a heart attack, do not take amoxapine. If you are taking amoxapine you may have suicidal thoughts, these sometimes come to those who are under 24 and are taking antidepressants for the first time. You will need to have regular visits with your doctor for the first few weeks.

Amoxapine is to be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If you miss a dose of amoxapine, take your missed one once you remember. If you usually take the medicine at night you may not want to take your missed dose right away because you may become sleepy. However, do not take your missed dose close to your normal schedule; it can be dangerous to a take a double dose. The side effects of an overdose could include: seizures, severe drowsiness, irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, troubled breathing, enlarged pupils, and vomiting.

The side effects of amoxapine have some of the same side effects as the lamictal side effects; lamictal is another type of antidepressant. Some of the more common lamictal side effects included: dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and double vision.

Amoxapine is not manufactured anymore, but generic amoxapine like asendin is available. The following side effects are those that come with the drug asendin.

The more common side effects that come with asendin include:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Increase in appetite
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain

The side effects of asendin that are less common include:

  • Heartburn
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vomiting

The following side effects of asendin are very rare but very dangerous, get emergency help if any of these side effects occur:

  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Pale skin
  • Loss of bladder control

You could also have side effects from asendin withdrawal. These side effects could include: Headache, nausea, vomiting, restlessness, trouble sleeping, lip smacking, puffing cheeks, vivid dreams, irritability, and uncontrolled movements of the tongue or arms or legs.