User Reviews for Imipramine
Also known as: Tofranil, Tofranil-PM
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|Panic Disorder||8 reviews||19 medications|
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|Depression||9 reviews||79 medications|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||1 reviews||137 medications|
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|ADHD||1 reviews||36 medications|
|Summary of Imipramine reviews||25 reviews||7.2|
Reviews for Imipramine
For Depression: "I was prescribed imipramine for depression. It worked very well for years! BUT... it made me a diabetic with peripheral neuropathy. When I was originally given the medication I was told it would increase my appetite. It did - a LOT! It also raised my glucose levels to astronomical levels (400-500). My A1c was between 10 and 11. Over time, it damaged my nerves. I didn't realize this until my feet began to burn. After slowly decreasing imipramine by 5 mg per week until completely coming off it, my feet were unbearable. The pain was constant. I couldn't walk, or have anything on my feet. I would sleep with my blankets folded up and my feet hanging off the bed. I would soak my feet in ice water to alleviate the burning and pain."
mom483 (taken for 10 years or more) June 26, 2016
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For Panic Disorder: "I began having panic and anxiety attacks when I was 25. I suffered with them for about 10 years and a new doctor put me on imipramine. I've had only one or two anxiety attacks since and its been years. I'm now 72 and I haven't noticed any bad reactions to the medication."
SextonMomo April 22, 2016
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Depression: "Waste of 75 bucks. My mood only increased slightly, and in exchange I got terrible bouts of dizziness and vertigo. Most of the time I felt like I'd been shot with a tranquilizer dart. Horrible experience. After only a week or so, I started to get nausea as well, so I had to stop. I regret spending money on this med."
Kam I (taken for less than 1 month) February 17, 2016
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For Depression: "I was prescribed this med for depression which is also effective at bedtime for sleep & fibromyalgia pain. The pain improved significantly and I felt more rested the next day. A dry mouth is the main side effect that is noticeable. This drug is very helpful."
angie40dia December 18, 2015
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For Pain: "I was prescribed this medication for chronic widespread musclepain(fibromyalgia) and neuropathic pain,and allodynia all over plus vulvodynia. It does take the edge off,and the pain is not as intense as it used to be, but still continuing sadly. It did take away my sleep paralysis episodes,and sleep hallucinations, amazing for sleep too.Its a great drug, its the only one I can tolerate, I tried amytriptyline and all the SSRI's but the side effects been horrendous,and had a devastating effect on my functioning.The only effects imipramine have on me is some dizziness and drowsiness during the day, fast heart rate, and mild loss of libido, but other than these I feel its very useful with pain and sleep.The first few days expect nausea,and somnolence."
truetina22 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 7, 2015
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For Depression: "Only been on it about 6 weeks and only up to 30mg. Moods are a little better so far but insomnia hello. I'm lucky to get 3 or 4 hours a nite I don't get how all of you sleep. I used to fall right asleep with my topamax at nite. Now he has me taking my gabapentin, topamax and imipramine at bedtime optional Ativan too but then I wake up groggy defeating the purpose of great mood in the am. Hum maybe my meds don't play nice together at nite lol. I do get the dry mouth I really hate that but it has improved my morning moods which is what we were going for. I do have anxiety and it doesn't help with a quick onset. I am hopeful for this med as I have tried just about everything out there!"
Missy33 June 4, 2015
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For Panic Disorder: "I am currently active duty in the military and suffer from severe panic attacks and depression. I've been put on serveral different medications including k-pin, zanax, ativan and others. All helped a little but only for an hour or so, so I was taking them constantly. Tofranil has given me my sanity back. The first day taking it I saw an immediate change. I did not have a panic attack for the first time in an entire year and my mood seemed to improve a little. I strongly believe this medication should be tried first before attempting to try ativan or any other benzodiazepines."
Airborne77 March 9, 2015
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For Depression: "I switched from Prozac to Imipramine after reading extensively about how successful it was before the advent of SSRI's. I have had ZERO side effects and no drowsiness on 100mg of Imipramine, while Prozac made me manic and absolutely ruined my gastrointestinal tract. I have been very happy with this medicine, best one I have taken so far for Major Depression. It is also cheap."
ehh80 (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 5, 2014
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For ADHD: "I have insomnia and fibromyalgia. The pain from the fibromyalgia is worsened when I can't sleep well. My doctor prescribed this medication to me mainly for better sleep. He said that this medication was one of the first non-stimulant medication for ADHD (which I've been diagnosed with) and so it may help with my ADHD symptoms as well. When I first started taking this I felt nauseated all the time, for about 2 1/2 weeks. Once that passed I felt like I really was sleeping better. About 2 months in I started having vivid hallucinations and 6 months I started having kidney pain and urinary tract problems. I'm now trying to ween myself off of it because sadly the side effects are outweighing the better sleep."
Katherine R. (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 3, 2012
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Panic Disorder: "Tofranil is THE medicine to take for Panic Disorder. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder recently, and I was a complete mess. Depressed, suicidal, anxious, the works. My primary care Dr. gave me Xanax. The Xanax helped, but only for short spurts. It also made me more depressed. I was taking up to 3 mg per day, and barely functioning. I got in to see a Psychiatrist, and he is older and more experienced. He immediately knew I had Panic Disorder, and started me on Tofranil. Tofranil absolutely stopped the panic attacks cold. I have been able to cut the Xanax way back, and feel, dare I say, normal. Tofranil is an old medicine, so many docs don't or won't try it. Newer is not always better."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 20, 2012
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For Panic Disorder: "I started at 25 mg and slowly made my way up to 125mg. It's really not doing much. It has blocked my panic attacks but doesn't seem to do much for everyday anxiety. This is week 5 and I'm thinking of trying a new medication. The side effects aren't as bad. I didn't have any appetite changes and no sexual side effects (sex drive improved). Only side effect I had was a dry mouth after >100 mg dosages - it is pretty annoying but its not that bad. Other side effect is random episodes of being tired - (again this side effect wasn't that bad). The only really bad thing I have to say about it is that it didn't really work for my generalized anxiety disorder. It does block panic attacks though! I highly recommend for bad panic attack sufferers."
Ash111 December 22, 2011
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Panic Disorder: "I had my first panic attacks immediately following the birth of my first son 18 years ago when I was 28 years old. The panic attacks were horrific and occurred randomly. I was prescribed a few different medications that weren't successful, but when I was prescribed Imipramine, I felt I had my life back. I doubt that I could have continued to be a primary school teacher without Imipramine. It has really been a miracle medication to me. When doctors hear that I take Imipramine, they usually comment that it is a really old drug that has been around since the 60's. Then they ask if I'd like to try one of the newer drugs. No way! I feel perfect on Imipramine. I can't say enough great things about it."
Anonymous November 15, 2011
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Panic Disorder: "I have suffered with Panic Attacks all my life but went undiagnosed until 1989. I am now 58 and trust me when I tell you that there is no cure. In my initial diagnosis I was started on Tofranil as an inpatient. After my discharge from the hospital I went 5 entire years without having a panic attack. When they resumed I had to be re-hospitalized and it was there I was put on Klonopin, which I have essentially been off of for a year. I am having constant panic attacks. My daughter does not want me to resume Klonopin as when on it I slept all the time. I did this search to see if Tofranil is still being used for panic disorder and I see that it is. I plan to have my psychiatrist to put me back on it as it really worked."
Jo212 June 27, 2010
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Depression: "I suffered from depression on and off til I was 33. My doctor prescribed a couple medicines without success. Tried Tofranil because my mother took it in the late 1950's. Noticed a gradual improvement over 1 to 4 months with the full effect over a period of about 12 months. Medicine did not work at 100mg so went up to 250mg then 200mg. Some (small price) side effects include dry mouth (Gum, tictac remedy) medicine makes you sleepy about 2 hrs after ingestion. Get ready for a good nights sleep, increased appetite and feeling more relaxed than ever before. I remember the first sign of the Tofranil working was when I went outside one day and the sun seemed so bright and I was happier to be alive. That was 25years ago. "
conrad09 January 24, 2010
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Night Terrors: "I had panic attacks (Night Terrors) for over a year or more and had lost hope for medication to help. Since the first night of taking Tofranil, I slept normal without the 3-4 am wake up(night terror) and have been free of them for 12 years without changing my medication. I am so thankful to have finely found and inexpensive medicine that actually worked from the first dose."
XXXXXXXXXX January 2, 2010
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Interstitial Cystitis: "For 3 years I have been battling bladder cancer. My bladder has shrunk, the pain has been great, the need to urinate is every 15 minutes or so. I have had 9 biopsies, some malignant and more recently 3 in a row benign. I have interstitial cystitis and started using Tofranil 5 months ago. Over the course of those 5 months Tofranil has gradually eliminated the pain and lengthened the time to urinate to once per hour. To me, it is a miracle drug and I continue to take it with no side effects whatsoever."
LUCCA November 15, 2009
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Panic Disorder: "I had suffered with panic attacks since I was around 14 years old. There came a time when I had shock treatments because back in the 60's not much was known about these kinds of illnesses. Later on, I became completely housebound for 8 years. I heard about Tofranil and decided to try it. Within 3 weeks I was able to not only get out of my house but go about 3 blocks away. It takes time, but if it had not been for Tofranil combined with Xanax I would still be home bound. It works, no two ways about it. When nothing else did. The only side effects were sleepiness until it gets into your system (2 weeks for me) and dry mouth. But for me that was nothing to getting my life back."
Anonymous September 17, 2009
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Tofranil (imipramine) for Depression: "At first this medicine seemed great. Was taking it for depression and generalized anxiety disorder. After a week on the lowest dose I started having bad side effects. I was shaving one morning and noticed my face, lips and arm felt numb. Doctor reduced my dosage to 10mg that worked okay for a week then same side effects."
Anonymous August 2, 2009
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For Night Terrors: "I take Imipramine for Cataplexy and Night Terrors. For cataplexy, Imipramine is by far the most effective treatment my doctor has tried, as it has eliminated about 70% of the attacks. As for night terrors, they are completely gone. However, if I take a nap during the day, I will have nightmares about half the time. I take 150mg just before bed. The first couple months I was faced with some side effects. If I didn't go to bed right after taking the medicine, I would be in a dazed state and could fall asleep standing up - that is gone. Erectile dysfunction and studdering were also present in the first 90 days or so. Both have disappeared. This is a drug you must give a little time before you see the benefits."
BenKY January 8, 2009
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For Pain: "I have been on Imipramine for over 2 years and found it good for pain relief combined with Gabapentin. The only problem I have encountered is weight gain as it tends to increase my appetite."
Dunedin April 17, 2008
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