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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking amoxapine if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Amoxapine for more information on this topic, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Amoxapine Work?

Amoxapine belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants, although it is sometimes classified as a "tetracyclic" antidepressant, due to its chemical structure. It is not entirely clear how amoxapine works.
It does affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. It is thought that maybe amoxapine allows these chemical to stay in the brain longer, which can help with depression symptoms. The medication also blocks dopamine receptors, which is why it is especially useful for psychotic depression.
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