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Doxepin (Doxepin Hydrochloride) - Indications and Dosage

 
 



INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Doxepin is recommended for the treatment of:

  1. Psychoneurotic patients with depression and/or anxiety.
  2. Depression and/or anxiety associated with alcoholism (not to be taken concomitantly with alcohol).
  3. Depression and/or anxiety associated with organic disease (the possibility of drug interaction should be considered if the patient is receiving other drugs concomitantly).
  4. Psychotic depressive disorders with associated anxiety including involutional depression and manic-depressive disorders.

The target symptoms of psychoneurosis that respond particularly well to doxepin include anxiety, tension, depression, somatic symptoms and concerns, sleep disturbances, guilt, lack of energy, fear, apprehension and worry.

Clinical experience has shown that doxepin is safe and well tolerated even in the elderly patient. Owing to lack of clinical experience in the pediatric population, doxepin is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

For most patients with illness of mild to moderate severity, a starting daily dose of 75 mg is recommended. Dosage may subsequently be increased or decreased at appropriate intervals and according to individual response. The usual optimum dose range is 75 mg/day to 150 mg/day.

In more severely ill patients higher doses may be required with subsequent gradual increase to 300 mg/day if necessary. Additional therapeutic effect is rarely to be obtained by exceeding a dose of 300 mg/day.

In patients with very mild symptomatology or emotional symptoms accompanying organic disease, lower doses may suffice. Some of these patients have been controlled on doses as low as 25 to 50 mg/day.

The total daily dosage of doxepin (as the hydrochloride) may be given on a divided or once a day dosage schedule. If the once a day schedule is employed the maximum recommended dose is 150 mg/day. This dose may be given at bedtime. The 150 mg capsule strength is intended for maintenance therapy only and is not recommended for initiation of treatment.

Antianxiety effect is apparent before the antidepressant effect. Optimal antidepressant effect may not be evident for two to three weeks.

HOW SUPPLIED

Doxepin hydrochloride capsules, USP are available containing doxepin hydrochloride, USP equivalent to 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg or 100 mg of doxepin.

The 10 mg capsule is a hard-shell, gelatin capsule with a buff opaque cap and buff opaque body axially printed with MYLAN over 1049 in black ink on both the cap and the body. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-1049-01
bottles of 100 capsules
NDC 0378-1049-10
bottles of 1000 capsules

The 25 mg capsule is a hard-shell, gelatin capsule with an ivory opaque cap and white opaque body axially printed with MYLAN over 3125 in black ink on both the cap and the body. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-3125-01
bottles of 100 capsules
NDC 0378-3125-10
bottles of 1000 capsules

The 50 mg capsule is a hard-shell, gelatin capsule with an ivory opaque cap and ivory opaque body axially printed with MYLAN over 4250 in black ink on both the cap and the body. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-4250-01
bottles of 100 capsules
NDC 0378-4250-10
bottles of 1000 capsules

The 75 mg capsule is a hard-shell, gelatin capsule with a brite lite green opaque cap and brite lite green body axially printed with MYLAN over 5375 in black ink on both the cap and the body. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-5375-01
bottles of 100 capsules
NDC 0378-5375-10
bottles of 1000 capsules

The 100 mg capsule is a hard-shell, gelatin capsule with a brite lite green opaque cap and white opaque body axially printed with MYLAN over 6410 in black ink on both the cap and the body. They are available as follows:

NDC 0378-6410-01
bottles of 100 capsules
NDC 0378-6410-10
bottles of 1000 capsules

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP for Controlled Room Temperature.]

Protect from light.

Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP using a child-resistant closure.

PHARMACIST: Dispense a Medication Guide with each prescription.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Morgantown, WV 26505

REVISED OCTOBER 2007
DXPN:R25mc

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