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Amoxapine, a prescription medicine that is licensed to treat depression, is especially useful for treating psychotic depression. Researchers believe the antidepressant works by blocking dopamine receptors and allowing serotonin and norepinephrine to stay in the brain longer. The medication comes in tablet form and is generally taken one to three times a day. Potential side effects may include drowsiness, dry mouth, and blurred vision.

What Is Amoxapine?

Amoxapine (Asendin®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is especially useful for treating people with depression who also have anxiety or agitation and people with psychotic depression (depression with hallucinations, delusions, or other psychotic features).
 
(Click What Is Amoxapine Used For? for more information on the drug's uses, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with amoxapine. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well.
 
When side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of amoxapine include:
 
(Click Side Effects of Amoxapine to learn about specific side effects, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 
You can also read about other possible side effects by clicking on the following links:
 
 
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