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Why cannot I take doxepin in place of silenor? It's cheaper?

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Rajive Goel 14 Nov 2011

Both are the same meds. but please talk to your doc before you change the med. Doxepin hydrochloride is the generic name & Silenor is its brand.

Take care, best wishes!

Anonymous 14 Nov 2011

Yes you can. You might ask your doctor to write you out a new perscription. Very best to you,

PussiKatz 5 Apr 2013

It is my understsnding that although Doxipin is a significant ingredient in Silenor, there are other attributes that contribute to the sleep aspect. Doxipen taken in the antidepressant form in higher dosages of approximately 150 milligrams is considerably different than the 3 milligrams or 6 milligrams of Silenor prescribed for sleep. It is imperative that you consult with your doctor and discuss this issue thoroughly before changing medications strictly based on cost. I would be interested in what your Dr. says.

avid448 13 Oct 2013

They are the same drug. However, the lowest dose Doxepin comes in is 10 mg. To get the sleep benefit, the lower dose Silenor comes in does the trick due to drug receptor issues. Doxepin does come in a liquid and is cheap, so you don't need to pay for the expense of Silenor. Get you MD to prescribe liquid doxepin 10 mg/ml. It comes in a 120 ml bottle. This will last 6-12 mos and cost maybe $30. Ask the pharmacist for a TB syringe to draw 0.3-0.6 ml in (which is equal to 3-6 mg) and put it in 1/3 cup water. Drink. Sleep.

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