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Imipramine is a type of tricyclic antidepressant that can be prescribed to treat depression in adults and bedwetting in children. The drug is available in two products. Both products are very similar but look different, come in different strengths, and are priced differently. Imipramine is currently available in both brand-name and generic form.
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression) in adults
- Bedwetting in children.
- While the active part of the drug molecule (the "imipramine" part) is the same for both products, the inactive part (the "hydrochloride" or "pamoate" part) is different.
- Imipramine hydrochloride comes in tablet form, while imipramine pamoate comes in capsule form. This is an easy way to tell which one you are getting, since sometimes it does not say "hydrochloride" or "pamoate" on the prescription label. Sometimes labels will say "imipramine hcl," which stands for imipramine hydrochloride.
- They are available in different strengths. Imipramine pamoate is available in higher strengths, while imipramine hydrochloride is available in lower strengths.
- Imipramine pamoate is not approved for bedwetting, while imipramine hydrochloride is.
- Imipramine pamoate is usually significantly more expensive than imipramine hydrochloride (because it is newer and there are fewer generic versions).