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Tell your healthcare provider if you have glaucoma, schizophrenia, or heart problems before taking Vivactil. Warnings and precautions also include making sure that you do not have bipolar disorder (instead of depression), watching for any signs of suicidal behavior, and checking your blood sugar levels often if you have diabetes. Knowing Vivactil warnings and precautions before starting the drug can help ensure a safe treatment process.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Vivactil® (protriptyline hydrochloride) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Severe anxiety or agitation
- A recent history of heart attack
- Heart problems, including heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Bladder problems or difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol regularly.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.