Dothiepin is an antidepressant that falls under the tricyclic antidepressants group. Originally named Dosulepin, Dothiepin goes by a few brand names including Prothiaden, Dothep, Thaden and Dopress, though it is important to note that they are all the same drug. Dothiepin works by blocking the brains ability to absorb and produce what is known as serotonin. Increased and excess amounts of serotonin that get absorbed by the brain is the most common reason for a person to suffer depression. By blocking the brains ability to absorb the serotonin, Dothiepin helps to not only increase and improve a persons mood but hopefully also to cure them of their depression in the long run.
Dothiepin has many other uses besides being used as an antidepressant. Due to the way it is made up chemically, it can also be used to help treat and cure a wide range of disorders including manic depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder. It has also been used in the past to help people who are suffering from anxiety disorders.
Dothiepin comes with a long list of possible side effects on may suffer while taking the drug, though it’s important to realize that just about ever antidepressant on the market (or even medical drug, for that matter) has very similar side effects. Some of the side effects that one may experience while taking Dothiepin include, but aren’t limited to:
- Dry mouth, especially in the early mornings and after waking up from prolonged sleep
- Loss of appetite, or increase of appetite
- Loss of sex drive and inability to achieve orgasm
- Decrease in vision, usually blurriness
- Feeling of wanting to faint
- Muscle soreness and increased susceptibility to bruising and other skin conditions
While the list of side effects may sound worse than that benefits of the what the drug can provide (and this is only a condesend version of side effects, there are still many more listed on the papers that come with the drug) it’s important to understand that in order to comply with health and safety regulations, a drug manufactuerer must list any and all medical conditions that arise during their testing o the drug on humans, regardless of if it was the drugs fault or not. The large majority of people who are presecribed Dothiepin will never experience most of these side effects.
While Dothiepin is specifically designed not to be addictive, prolonged time without taking a dose will result in the onset of the previously mentioned side effects.