What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering Doxepin HCL to Children or the Elderly?
If you are PREGNANT
- Requires a Risk/Benefit Assessment:
If you are NURSING
- Absolute Contraindication: SERIOUS ADVERSE EFFECTS IN 2 CASES: RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION,FEEDING DIFFICULTY
If you are an adult over 60
- Contraindication: Neuro/Psych-Anticholinergic effects may cause sedation, worsen cognitive impairment and increase fall risk. Even topical preparations have led to anticholinergic toxicity in the elderly. Cardiovascular-May cause orthostatic hypotension at higher doses. Gastrointestinal-May cause or worsen pre-existing constipation. Genitourinary-Best avoided in patients with urinary retention from any cause.
Giving Doxepin HCL to a child under 12
- Severe Precaution: Possible increased suicidal ideation & attempt in pediatrics with major depression. Not recommended for use in pediatrics age < 12 years.
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