What is it?
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are prescription drugs used
specifically to treat depression and chronic pain. TCAs are not
How is it used?
TCAs are available in tablet and liquid forms to be taken orally
and also in a liquid to be given intravenously.
Sign of usage:
Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness,
increased appetite and weight gain are all signs of TCA
Effects of withdrawal:
TCAs aren’t addictive, however, stopping treatment abruptly or
missing several doses can cause withdrawal-like symptoms such as:
nausea, headache, dizziness, lethargy and flu-like symptoms.
TCAs may cause some people to be agitated, irritable or display
other abnormal behaviors. They may cause suicidal thoughts and
tendencies to become more depressed. Use of TCAs may also cause the
skin to be more sensitive to sunlight, producing a rash, itching,
and severe sunburn. TCA overdose can result in severe central
nervous system depression. Overdose of TCA is the most common cause
of death from a prescription drug.
Usage by youth:
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise with use due to the
widespread availability of the drugs. While TCA is not considered
addictive, improper dosage and combinations with alcohol or other
drugs may prove fatal.
Combining TCAs and opiates can achieve a prolonged feeling of
euphoria and pleasant visual and auditory hallucinations. TCAs are
widely available through the internet, by prescription, and by
stealing them from medicine cabinets.
*Information provided by Dr. Barbara
A. Krantz, Chief Medical Officer at the Hanley Center
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informational purposes only, and the Hanley Center is no way
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