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Generic name of Generic Tofranil is Imipramine hydrochloride.

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Take Generic Tofranil with or without food.

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The usual starting dose is 75 mg a day. The maximum daily dose is 200 mg.

For children

Total daily dosages for children should not exceed 2.5 mg for each 2.2 pounds of the child's weight. Doses usually begin at 25 mg per day. This amount should be taken an hour before bedtime. If needed, this dose may be increased after 1 week to 50 mg (ages 6 through 11) or 75 mg (ages 12 and up), taken in one dose at bedtime or divided into 2 doses, 1 taken at mid-afternoon and 1 at bedtime.

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The usual dosage should start with 25 to 50 mg per day. The dose may be increased as necessary, but effective dosages usually do not exceed 100 mg a day.

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If you overdose Generic Tofranil and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Generic Tofranil overdosage: agitation, bluish skin, convulsions, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, drowsiness, heart failure, high fever, involuntary writhing or jerky movements, irregular or rapid heartbeat, lack of coordination, low blood pressure, overactive reflexes, restlessness, rigid muscles, shock, stupor, sweating, vomiting.


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One hundred six patients diagnosed according to DSM-III as suffering from agoraphobia with panic disorder, panic disorder with limited phobic avoidance, or uncomplicated panic disorder entered an acute 8-week treatment phase. Patients who improved received an additional 6 months' maintenance treatment. Significantly more patients treated with alprazolam than with imipramine hydrochloride or placebo remained in therapy and experienced panic attack and phobia relief during the acute treatment phase. During the maintenance phase, neither tolerance nor daily dose increase was observed. All patients who completed the maintenance phase (27 in the alprazolam group, 11 in the imipramine group, and 10 in the placebo group) were panic free at the end of 8 months of study treatment. Alprazolam therapy was effective and well tolerated at a mean daily dose of 5.7 mg. Imipramine hydrochloride (175 mg/d) also produced significant panic relief but was associated with poor patient acceptance.

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Fifty-one depressed inpatients, after 1 drug-free week, were treated for 5 weeks with imipramine 4 mg/kg day. Plasma levels of imipramine (IMI) and its active metabolite desmethylimipramine (DMI) were measured weekly, 15 hours after the last drug intake. Steady state blood levels (IMI + DMI) ranged from 60 to 585 ng/ml. The mean value for plasma concentration (IMI + DMI) at day 42 was 271 ng/ml. In the same way, therapeutic effectiveness was assessed every week using the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HDRS). There was a significant correlation between plasma concentration and the decrease of Hamilton scores. The IMI/DMI ratio showed a responder-nonresponder difference; 86% patients with a ratio between 0.4 and 1 were responders. Conversely, most patients with a ratio below 0.4 or above 1 were nonresponders. The ideal ratio for clinical response would be 0.68. The ratio is a subject-specific feature, able to be an early predictor of clinical outcome.

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The nonspecific, noncovalent binding of three drugs, imipramine, warfarin, and propranolol, to pooled human and animal liver microsomes has been determined using equilibrium dialysis in conditions where no cofactor (NADPH) was included in the incubation. The binding of warfarin was dependent upon both protein and drug concentration, whereas the binding of propranolol and imipramine was also dependent upon protein concentration but generally independent of drug concentration. At a microsomal protein concentration of 1.0 mg/ml and a warfarin concentration of 10 microM, the free fraction (fu(mic)) was 0.85. The corresponding values for propranolol and imipramine were 0.41 and 0.16, respectively. Thus, although all three drugs exhibit high binding in plasma (fu<0.1) the acidic drug warfarin differs from the basic drugs propranolol and imipramine in the extent to which each binds to microsomal protein. The binding of all three drugs to liver microsomes obtained from commonly studied animal species (rat, dog, and monkey) was almost identical to that observed in human. Additionally, the binding of warfarin and propranolol to microsomes obtained from insect cells used in baculovirus cytochrome P450 expression systems was similar to that exhibited in liver microsomes, when equal protein concentrations were compared. The enzyme kinetics of propranolol, imipramine, and warfarin oxidative metabolism were determined in pooled human liver microsomes, and the intrinsic clearance values obtained were used in scaling up to project human in vivo clearance. The values obtained by incorporating microsomal binding were compared with those in which this factor is ignored. The findings suggest that the parameter fu(mic) is important to obtain when attempting to relate in vitro intrinsic clearance to in vivo clearance. Also, this value is important to consider when comparing substrates with respect to enzyme specificity, since measured apparent KM values should be converted to true "free KM" values by correcting for the free fraction in the in vitro incubation. Furthermore, the extent of nonspecific binding to microsomes is likely an important parameter to consider when attempting to relate Ki values measured in vitro to observations of drug-drug interactions (or the lack thereof) in vivo.

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An inverse factor analysis of 880 depressed inpatients on 33 endogenous-neurotic variables yielded four patient types. Type 3 resembled the endogenous depressions and Type 2 the neurotic depressions. Type 3 patients responded well to both imipramine and chlorpromazine and did poorly on a placebo. Type 2 patients showed the greatest overall improvement at three weeks irrespective of treatment received, including a placebo.

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Over 18 months, the total costs (1997 values) and QALYs associated with half-dose maintenance therapy (imipramine 1.1 mg/kg/day) [$US3377; QALYs = 0.991] and full-dose maintenance therapy (imipramine 2.25 mg/kg/ day) [$US3361; QALYs = 0.991] were almost identical; both were cost saving compared with acute imipramine therapy (2.25 mg/kg/day) with no maintenance treatment ($US3691; QALYs = 0.979). Whether patients withdrawing from treatment were considered to have continued to respond to treatment or to have relapsed, the half-dose and full-dose maintenance treatments were still cost saving compared with acute treatment alone.

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Chronic colitis was induced by dextran-sulphate-sodium (DSS) or transfer of CD4(+)CD62L(+) cells into RAG1(-/-)-mice. Lipid content of isolated murine intestinal epithelial cells (IEC) was analysed by tandem mass spectrometry. Concentrations of MMP-1 in supernatants of Caco-2-IEC and human intestinal fibroblasts from patients with ulcerative colitis were determined by ELISA. Imipramine was used for pharmacologic inhibition of acid sphingomyelinase (ASM). Ceramide increased by 71% in chronic DSS-induced colitis and by 159% in the transfer model of colitis. Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) decreased by 22% in both models. No changes were detected for phosphatidylcholine. Generation of ceramide by exogenous SMase increased MMP-1-protein production of Caco-2-IEC up to 7-fold. Inhibition of ASM completely abolished the induction of MMP-1 by TNF or IL-1beta in Caco-2-IEC and human intestinal fibroblasts.

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This study examines the effects of paroxetine and imipramine on intracellular concentrations of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. It was found that imipramine and paroxetine had no effect on basal cAMP-levels. Stimulation with lipopolysaccharides and phytohaemagglutinin increased intracellular cAMP concentrations. However, pre-incubation with imipramine or paroxetine, did not influence this increase. These data do not support the hypothesis that cAMP may be related to the in vitro anti-inflammatory effects of antidepressants.

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The uptake of 14C-dopamine (DA) by human platelets at 10(-7) -2.5 X 10(-4) M of labelled amine concentration was studied in human platelet-rich plasma. The total uptake could be resolved into two components, one of which was saturable and completely inhibited by 10(-5) imipramine and another which was unsaturable but temperature-dependent. The saturable uptake of DA had an apparent Km of 75 X 10(-6) M and Vmax of 1.34 pmol/10(6) platelets/min. The uptake of unsaturable DA was 1.33 pmol/10(6) platelets/min at 10(-4) M DA. Dopamine exerted a mixed non-competitive inhibition of the saturable 5-HT transport and vice versa. Thus the increase in Km was paralleled by a decrease in Vmax. The low-affinity transport of DA by the human platelets does not share any of the dopamine uptake characteristics found in neuronal tissue. The platelet therefore seems to be a poor model for the presynaptic function of the dopamine neurons.

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Data from a randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial on imipramine, pregabalin and their combination in painful polyneuropathy were used. Treatment periods were of 4 weeks' duration, outcome was the weekly median of daily pain rated by a 0-10 numeric scale, and drug concentrations were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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Although numerous animal procedures have been employed in the study of generalized anxiety and agents effective in treating generalized anxiety, an analogous "behavioral model" for the study of panic disorder does not exist. In the present study, the effects of imipramine were examined in a potential "animal model" for panic disorder, the conditioned suppression of drinking (CSD) paradigm. In daily 10-min sessions, water-deprived rats were trained to drink from a tube that was occasionally electrified (0.5 mA). Electrification was signalled by a tone. Imipramine was administered both in an acute (3.5-20 mg/kg, IP) and a chronic (2.5 mg/kg, IP, twice daily for 5 weeks) regimen. Acute administration of imipramine resulted in a decrease in the number of shocks accepted and a decrease in water intake. In contrast, chronic administration of imipramine resulted in a gradual increase in the number of shocks received in CSD sessions over the course of several weeks of testing. This time-dependent increase in punished responding in the CSD observed during chronic imipramine treatment parallels the time-dependent reduction in the severity and frequency of panic attacks in panic disorder patients receiving chronic imipramine. Thus, the CSD paradigm might serve as an "animal model" for the study of panic disorder and potential anti-panic agents.

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The hallmark of agoraphobia is the spontaneous panic attack, a reaction of extreme fearfulness and impending doom with cardiorespiratory symptoms. The end result can be a patient who is housebound. The basic therapeutic principle is confrontation with the avoided object or activity. Controlled clinical experiments demonstrate that both imipramine and phenelzine, the drugs of choice for this prevalent and disabling disorder, have a specific antipanic effect.

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[3H]2-Nitroimipramine ([3H]2-NI), a compound with high affinity for the serotonin uptake system, is shown to be an effective photoaffinity probe which incorporates covalently into membrane homogenates prepared from human platelets, as well as rat brain and liver. In all cases, [3H]2-NI preferentially incorporated into a minor membrane component of 30 kd protein, as determined by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and subsequent fluorography. A number of selective and general serotonin uptake inhibitors quantitatively chased labeling of the 30-kd band at nanomolar concentrations. Pharmacological characterizing agents unrelated to the serotonin uptake system generally had little effect on labeling. In platelet membranes, a broad band of approximately 35-kd protein was also labeled by [3H]2-NI, but this labeling was not inhibited by any of the selective serotonin uptake blockers. Interestingly, serotonin itself increased incorporation into the 30-kd band and selectively decreased labeling of the 35-kd band. Photolytic incorporation into the 30-kd band was of high affinity, saturable, and Scatchard analyses of irreversible labeling were linear. In contrast, Scatchard transformations of [3H]2-NI equilibrium binding saturation isotherms were markedly curvilinear. Cross-linking unlabeled 2-NI to intact platelets, followed by extensive dialysis, decreased the maximal velocity (Vmax) of platelet serotonin uptake, but did not alter the affinity (Km) of serotonin for its transport site. These results are noteworthy since current theories implicate prejunctional allosteric interactions between serotonin and imipramine at serotonergic synapses.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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After selection, 25 studies were included. All the selected studies included patients with AG associated with panic disorder. Effective compounds included selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, selective noradrenergic reuptake inhibitors, and benzodiazepines. Paroxetine, sertraline, citalopram, escitalopram, and clomipramine showed the most consistent results, while fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, and imipramine showed limited efficacy. Preliminary results suggested the potential efficacy of inositol; D-cycloserine showed mixed results for its ability to improve the outcome of exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy. More studies with the latter compounds are needed before drawing definitive conclusions.

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The present study describes a new analytical approach for the detection and characterization of chemically reactive metabolites using glutathione ethyl ester (GSH-EE) as the trapping agent in combination with hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometry. Polarity switching was applied between a negative precursor ion (PI) survey scan and the positive enhanced product ion (EPI) scan. The negative PI scan step was carried out monitoring the anion at m/z 300, corresponding to deprotonated gamma-glutamyl-dehydroalanyl-glycine ethyl ester originating from the GSH-EE moiety. Samples resulting from incubations in the presence of GSH-EE were cleaned and concentrated by solid-phase extraction, followed by the PI-EPI analysis. Unambiguous identification of GSH-EE-trapped reactive metabolites was greatly facilitated by the unique survey scan of the anion at m/z 300, which achieved less background interference, in particular, from endogenous glutathione adducts present in human liver microsomes. Further structural characterization was achieved by analyzing positive MS(2) spectra that featured rich fragments without mass cutoff and were acquired in the same liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis. The effectiveness and reliability of this approach was evaluated using a number of model compounds in human liver microsomal incubations, including acetaminophen, amodiaquine, carbamazepine, 4-ethylphenol, imipramine and ticlopidine. In addition, iminoquinone reactive metabolites of mianserin were trapped and characterized for the first time using this method. Compared to neutral loss (NL) scanning assays using GSH as the trapping agent, the results have demonstrated superior selectivity, sensitivity, and reliability of this current approach.

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Nitric oxide (NO) has been studied in relation to the etiologies of various neurologic and psychiatric diseases. However, little is known about whether clinically available psychotropic drugs affect the NO system in the brain. Using an in vivo brain microdialysis method, the effects of intraperitoneally administered lithium, imipramine and diazepam on levels of , a marker of in vivo NO production, were investigated in the rat amygdala. Lithium significantly reduced, while imipramine raised, levels as compared with controls. These observations suggest that lithium and imipramine induce opposite effects on NO-related systems in the brain.

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Dual action antidepressants have important therapeutic implications. Methylene blue (MB), a charged compound structurally related to tricyclic antidepressants, acts on both monoamine oxidase (MAO) and the nitric oxide (NO)-cGMP pathway, and has demonstrated antidepressant activity in rodents. We investigated the antidepressant properties of MB and selected structural analogues and whether their actions involve MAO, NO synthase (NOS) and regional brain monoamines. Acute imipramine (IMI, 15 mg/kg), saline, MB, acriflavine (ACR), methylene green (MG), methylene violet (MV), thionine (THI) and tacrine (TAC) (1-60 mg/kg i.p.) were tested for antidepressant activity in the forced swim test (FST), as well as MAO-A/B inhibitory activity. Active antidepressant compounds were subsequently studied at their most effective dose during sub-chronic treatment, followed by behavioural sampling in the FST and assay of cortico-limbic monoamines and hippocampal nitrate (for NOS activity). Only IMI, MB (15, 30, 60 mg/kg) and MG (7.5, 25, 40 mg/kg) reduced immobility in the acute FST. MB, MG and ACR were potent inhibitors of especially MAO-A. Following sub-chronic treatment, IMI (15 mg/kg) increased noradrenergic behaviour in the FST, while MB (15 mg/kg) and MG (15 mg/kg) enhanced serotonergic behaviour. MB and MG bolstered cortico-limbic serotonin (5HT) levels and to a lesser extent l-norepinephrine (l-NE), but did not significantly alter regional dopamine (DA) levels. MB, and to lesser degree MG, reduced hippocampal nitrate levels. MB and MG present with structure-specific antidepressant-like effects following acute and sub-chronic treatment, possibly involving NOS and MAO-A inhibition and cortico-limbic 5HT and l-NE release. A role for MAO-B and DA appears minimal.

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A novel methylcellulose-immobilized restricted access media column with strong cation-exchange groups on an internal surface (MC-SCX) was evaluated for the direct injection analysis of basic polar drugs in plasma by column-switching liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS). Analytical conditions, including an automated pretreatment step and MS detection, were optimized for a series of basic drugs (doxepin, desipramine, imipramine, nortriptyline, amitriptyline, clomipramine). On-line pretreatment with the MC-SCX column followed by fast gradient analysis using a C18 column resulted in a total analysis cycle time of 7 min for each spiked plasma sample. More than 150 plasma samples spiked with target compounds were measured without compromising MS detection (relative standard deviations less than 11% for all compounds, and regression coefficients greater than 0.99).

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The uptake of 100 µM quinidine into MDCK cells was decreased by acidification of extracellular pH or alkalization of intracellular pH. In addition, the uptake of quinidine was highly temperature sensitive, but was extracellular Na(+) and membrane potential independent. Furthermore, tetraethylammonium, a typical substrate of renal organic cation transporters, did not inhibit the uptake of quinidine in MDCK cells. On the other hand, lipophilic cationic drugs, such as clonidine, bisoprolol, diphenhydramine, pyrilamine, and imipramine, significantly decreased the uptake of quinidine in MDCK cells. The uptake of quinidine was saturable, and the Michaelis-Menten constant was estimated to be approximately 0.5 mM. In addition, the efflux of quinidine from MDCK cells was increased by the acidification of extracellular pH, suggesting that the transport system mediates not only the uptake, but also secretion of quinidine.

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Several neurokinin NK1 receptor antagonists currently being developed for anxiety and depression have reduced affinity for the rat and mouse NK1 receptor compared with human. Consequently, it has proven difficult to test these agents in traditional rat and mouse models of anxiety and depression. This issue has been overcome, in part, by using non-traditional lab species such as the guinea pig and gerbil, which have NK1 receptors closer in homology to human NK1 receptors. However, there are very few reports describing the behavior of gerbils in traditional models of anxiety. The aim of the present study was to determine if the elevated plus-maze, a commonly used anxiety model, could be adapted for the gerbil. Using a specially-designed elevated plus-maze, gerbils exhibited an 'anxious' behavioral profile similar to that observed in rats and mice, i.e., reduced entries into, and time spent exploring, an open, aversive arm. The anxiolytic drugs diazepam (0.03-3 mg/kg i.p.), chlordiazepoxide (0.3-10 mg/kg i.p.), and buspirone (0.3-30 mg/kg s.c.) increased open arm exploration and produced anxiolytic-like effects on risk-assessment behaviors (reduced stretch-attend postures and increased head dips). Of particular interest, the antidepressant drugs imipramine (1-30 mg/kg p.o.), fluoxetine (1-30 mg/kg, p.o.) and paroxetine (0.3-10 mg/kg p.o.) each produced some acute anxiolytic-like activity, without affecting locomotor activity. The antipsychotic, haloperidol, and the psychostimulant, amphetamine, did not produce any anxiolytic-like effects (1-10 mg/kg s.c). The anxiogenic beta-carboline, FG-7142, reduced time spent in the open arm and head dips, and increased stretch-attend postures (1-30 mg/kg, i.p.). These studies have demonstrated that gerbils exhibit an anxiety-like profile on an elevated plus-maze, and that the gerbil elevated plus-maze may have predictive validity for anxiolytics, and antidepressants with potential anxiolytic-like effects.

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Fifty-five outpatients with PD, who participated in a placebo-controlled drug trial of the efficacy of alprazolam and imipramine 15 years ago were reassessed with the same instruments used in the original study.

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1 The role of adenosine triphosphatases (ATPases) in neurotransmitter release was studied using nerve terminals (synaptosomes) prepared from rat cerebral cortex as a model. 2 Amitriptyline, nortriptyline, protriptyline, desipramine and imipramine were found to inhibit ATPases at concentrations of 10(-5) M and above. The drugs inhibited both the basal and electrically evoked release of acetylcholine (ACh) and noradrenaline (NA) at concentrations of 10(-4) M and above. 3 At low concentrations of antidepressants (10(-8) and 10(-7) M) release of NA was enhanced but there was no effect on ACh release. 4 Other drugs which inhibit Na+, K+-ATPase increase basal NA release as did drugs which inhibited vesicular MG2+-ATPase. 5 A model is proposed suggesting that transmitter release/re-uptake depends on (1) active Na+, K+-ATPase at the presynaptic membrane and (2) an active synaptic vesicular MG2+-ATPase.

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The following electronic databases were searched: MEDLINE to June 1997; AMED; ASSIA; BIDS; BIOSIS Previews (1985-1996); CINAHL; DHSS Data; EMBASE (1974 to June 1997); PsycLIT and SIGLE. Organisations, manufacturers, researchers and health professionals concerned with enuresis were contacted for information. The reference sections of obtained studies were also checked for further trials. Date of the most recent search: July 1997.

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Secondary nocturnal enuresis accounts for about one quarter of patients with bed-wetting. Although a psychological cause is responsible in some children, various other causes are possible and should be considered. This article reviews the epidemiology, psychological and social impact, causes, investigation, management, and prognosis of secondary nocturnal enuresis.

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We investigated the impact of chronic treatment with the selective FAAH inhibitor, URB597 (also termed KDS-4103), on the outcomes of the chronic mild stress (CMS) in rats, a behavioral model with high isomorphism to human depression.

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Platelet [(3)H]imipramine binding sites were defined by two criteria, B(max) for their density and K(d) for their affinity. PRP 5-HT and CSF metabolites of 5-HT (5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, 5-HIAA), norepinephrine (3-methoxy, 4-hydroxy phenylglycol, MHPG) and dopamine (homovanillic acid, HVA) were assayed by reversed-phase high-performance liquid buy tofranil online chromatography with coulometric detection.

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Twenty-one cases were evaluated neurochemically, of whom seven had experienced a major depressive disorder. Major depression was associated with a significant preservation of 5HT transporter re-uptake sites in the parietal buy tofranil online neocortex compared with non-affected cases (BA 7a area 1 t = 3.3, P = 0.004; BA 7a area 3 t = 3.8, P = 0.001).

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The effect of individual plasma proteins on the binding of 3H-imipramine (3H-IMI) was investigated, using rat cerebral buy tofranil online membranes as the binding site source. Addition of alpha-1-acid glycoprotein (aAGLP) to an incubation medium containing 4 nm 3H-IMI resulted in a concentration-dependent inhibition of 3H-IMI binding, with an IC50 value of 0.53 microM. Albumin (0.7 mM) and gamma globulin (3 microM) had no apparent effect. Scatchard analyses of 3H-IMI binding in the presence and absence of 0.5 microM aAGLP revealed that the inhibition of 3H-IMI binding was associated with an increased Kd, with no appreciable change in Bmax. The inhibitory action of platelet-free plasma (PFP) on 3H-IMI binding to cerebral membranes was eliminated after treatment of PFP with specific antibodies to aAGLP. It is suggested that the inhibition of 3H-IMI binding to cerebral membranes by PFP is due, at least partially, to the presence of aAGLP in the plasma. The observed inhibitory effect is consistent with a competition for the ligand between the membrane binding site and the soluble protein acceptor. These findings may explain the serum effect confounding radioreceptor assays of various drugs.

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Alprazolam is a triazolobenzodiazepine, a derivative of the benzodiazepines. Comparison studies of alprazolam and diazepam or chlordiazepoxide in patients suffering from clinical anxiety secondary to anxiety neurosis or chronic alcohol withdrawal suggest an equal efficacy of those agents. Studies examining the use of alprazolam for the treatment of "primary depression" suggest that it is as effective as imipramine in the treatment of exogenous (reactive) depression. Although buy tofranil online alprazolam may be effective in patients with exogenous depression, no extrapolation can be made to the treatment of endogenous depression. Mechanisms of action have not been fully elucidated, but probably are similar to those of other benzodiazepines. Peak blood levels are reached in 0.7-1.6 hours and the elimination half-life after steady state is approximately 19 hours. Daily dosages established from clinical studies ranged from 1 to 6 mg. Clinically, alprazolam appears to be ten times more potent than diazepam. Drowsiness, headaches, lightheadedness, dry mouth, and depression appear to be the most common side effects of the drug. It is concluded that alprazolam offers no striking therapeutic advantage over currently marketed benzodiazepines.

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A case report of imipramine-induced syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) secretion in a 54-year-old woman is presented along with a review buy tofranil online of the literature on antidepressant-induced SIADH. The clinical and laboratory presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of antidepressant-induced SIADH also are discussed.

tofranil drug 2015-05-07

This case report describes a patient on tranylcypromine who erroneously received a single dose of imipramine buy tofranil online and subsequently developed a fatal serotonin syndrome. Both the clinical features and the pathophysiology of the serotonin syndrome are discussed.

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This study was designed to evaluate the antidepressant activity of various antidepressants using the learned helplessness test (LH) or the forced swimming test (FS) in rats. Repeated treatment of the tricyclic antidepressants imipramine (10 mg/kg, p.o.), clomipramine (0.625 mg/kg, p.o.), amitriptyline (10 mg/kg, p.o.) and amoxapine (20 mg/kg, p.o.) reduced the number of escape failures in the LH group, respectively. Repeated treatment of an atypical antidepressant, mianserin (2.5 and 5 mg/kg, p.o.), and one of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), fluvoxamine (1.25 mg/kg, p.o.), also reduced the number of escape failures in the LH group. In the FS, repeated treatment of imipramine (5, 10 mg/kg, p.o.), amitriptyline (5 buy tofranil online , 10 mg/kg, p.o.) and mianserin (10 mg/kg) significantly decreased the duration of immobility time. On the other hand, repeated treatment of amoxapine (5-20 mg/kg), clomipramine (0.1325-1.25 mg/kg, p.o.) and fluvoxamine (0.3125-1.25 mg/kg, p.o.) failed to decrease the duration of immobility time in the FS group. In conclusion, these results suggest that the LH group is sensitive to agents with a variety of antidepressant properties compared to the FS group in rats.

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Although antidepressants have been found to be superior to placebo in 12 of 14 studies, the relationship between improvement in the depressive diathesis and bulimia is unclear. In this study, the efficacy of placebo, imipramine, and phenelzine is examined in patients comorbid for atypical depression and bulimia. Greater improvement was observed for both depressive and bulimic symptoms with phenelzine than with either imipramine buy tofranil online or placebo. Consistent with its poor antidepressant effects in atypical depression, imipramine seemed to have minimal efficacy for the bulimic symptoms of atypical depressives. These data suggest that the presence of bulimia does not alter the treatment response of atypically depressed patients. Furthermore, the data may suggest a link between depression and bulimia in atypical depressives. Demonstrating a statistical difference with a small sample suggests the effect size is robust, however conclusions are limited by a small sample size.

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Previous buy tofranil online studies have demonstrated the GABAergic system in the hippocampus to be a major controlling factor in the reversal of learned helplessness by antidepressants. In the present work, animals in which learned helplessness (LeH) was induced by exposure to uncontrollable electric shock demonstrated a decreased depolarization-induced release of GABA relative to controls, and an increased release of hippocampal glutamate. Injection of bicuculline but not glutamate into the hippocampus produced a behavioral state identical to that induced by uncontrollable shock, but had no influence on pain sensitivity. When flux through the "small" hippocampal pool of GABA was determined, chronic treatment with imipramine or iprindole, but lorazepam or chlorpromazine elevated this measure. These three findings along with those of prior experiments, suggest a controlling role for GABA in the learned helplessness model of depression.

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Oxidative stress is a critical route of damage in various psychological stress-induced disorders, such as depression. Antidepressants are widely prescribed to treat these conditions; however, few animal studies have investigated the effect of these drugs on endogenous antioxidant status in the brain. The present study employed a 21-day chronic regimen of random exposure to restraint stress to induce oxidative stress in brain, and behavioural aberrations, in rodents. The forced swimming (FST) and sucrose preference tests were used to identify depression-like phenotypes, and reversal in these indices indicated the effectiveness of treatment with fluoxetine (FLU; 20 mg/kg/day, p.o.; selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), imipramine (IMI; 10 mg/kg/day, p.o.; tricyclic antidepressant) and venlafaxine (VEN; 10 mg/kg/day, p.o.; dual serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) following restraint stress. The antioxidant status was investigated in the brain of these animals. The results evidenced a significant recovery in the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione S-transferase (GST), glutathione reductase (GR) and glutathione (GSH) levels by antidepressant treatments following a restraint stress-induced decline of these parameters. The severely accumulated lipid peroxidation product malondialdehyde (MDA) and protein carbonyl contents in stressed animals were significantly normalized by antidepressant treatments. The altered oxidative status is implicated in various aspects of cellular function affecting the brain. Thus, it is possible that augmentation of in vivo antioxidant defenses could serve as a convergence point for multiple classes of antidepressants as an important mechanism underlying the neuroprotective pharmacological effects of these drugs observed clinically in the treatment of various stress disorders. Consequently, pharmacological modulation of stress buy tofranil online -induced oxidative damage as a possible stress-management approach should be an important avenue of further research.

tofranil drug classification 2015-07-16

To assess the evidence for the buy tofranil online efficacy, acceptability and tolerability of sertraline in comparison with tricyclics (TCAs), heterocyclics, other SSRIs and newer agents in the acute-phase treatment of major depression.

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Biological markers for depression are of great interest to aid in elucidating the causes of major depression. We assess currently available biological markers to query their validity for aiding in the diagnosis of major depression. We specifically focus on neurotrophic factors, serotonergic markers, biochemical markers, immunological markers, neuroimaging, neurophysiological findings, and neuropsychological markers. We delineate the most robust biological markers of major depression. These include decreased platelet imipramine binding, decreased 5-HT1A receptor expression, increase of soluble interleukin-2 receptor and interleukin-6 in serum, decreased brain-derived neurotrophic factor in serum, hypocholesterolemia, low blood folate levels, and impaired suppression of the dexamethasone suppression test. To date, however, none of these markers are sufficiently specific to contribute to the diagnosis of major depression. Thus, with regard to new diagnostic manuals such as DSM-V and ICD-11 which are currently assessing whether biological markers may be included in diagnostic criteria, no biological markers for buy tofranil online major depression are currently available for inclusion in the diagnostic criteria.

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Nitric oxide (NO) is an atypical neurotransmitter that has been related to the pathophysiology of major depression disorder. Increased plasma NO levels have been reported in depressed and suicidal patients. Inhibition of neuronial nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), on the other hand, induces antidepressant effects in clinical and pre-clinical trials. The mechanisms responsible for the antidepressant-like effects of Claritin Liquid Dosage nNOS inhibitors, however, are not completely understood. In this study, genomic and proteomic analyses were used to investigate the effects of the preferential nNOS inhibitor 7-nitroindazole (7-NI) on changes in global gene and protein expression in the hippocampus of rats submitted to forced swimming test (FST). Chronic treatment (14 days, i.p.) with imipramine (15 mg/kg daily) or 7-NI (60 mg/kg daily) significantly reduced immobility in the FST. Saturation curves for Serial analysis of gene expression libraries showed that the hippocampus of animals submitted to FST presented a lower number of expressed genes compared to non-FST stressed groups. Imipramine, but not 7-NI, reverted this effect. GeneGo analyses revealed that genes related to oxidative phosphorylation, apoptosis and survival controlled by HTR1A signaling and cytoskeleton remodeling controlled by Rho GTPases were significantly changed by FST. 7-NI prevented this effect. In addition, 7-NI treatment changed the expression of genes related to transcription in the cAMP response element-binding pathway. Therefore, this study suggests that changes in oxidative stress and neuroplastic processes could be involved in the antidepressant-like effects induced by nNOS inhibition.

tofranil generic name 2016-11-19

This study evaluated the cognitive Valtrex Customer Reviews performance of depressed patients treated with antidepressants for at least 6 months.

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1. TSH response to TRH was assessed in 25 patients meeting operationalized criteria for the post-psychotic depression syndrome and in an age and sex matched control group of 34 primary depressed patients. 2. A blunted TSH response was observed in 36% of the patients with post-psychotic depression. 3. The rate of blunted TSH response was similar for patients with secondary post-psychotic depression to those patients with primary depressions. 4. Demographic and clinical parameters did not distinguish those post-psychotic depressed patients who had a blunted response from those who did not. 5. A blunted TSH response to TRH did not predict which patients were more likely to have Voltaren With Alcohol a favorable response when adjunctive imipramine was added to their on-going fluphenazine decanoate and benztropine regimen.

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The popliteal lymph node (PLN) assay has long been proposed as a tool to detect immunotoxicants with the potential to induce systemic autoimmunity. A major problem hampering the further validation of this assay is the need to rule out irritants that cause false-positive PLN responses. The anti-depressant, imipramine, has not been reported to induce systemic autoimmune reactions in treated patients, but has been repeatedly found positive in the PLN assay, suggesting that this is a false-positive response. To test this hypothesis, the effects of imipramine were compared to those of 50% ethanol in C57B1/6 mice. Footpad edema was evidenced in the few days after injection of both ethanol and imipramine. T-cell depletion using monoclonal antibodies against either CD4+ or CD8+ T-lymphocytes prior to the PLN assay did not influence the responses to either ethanol or imipramine. Cytokine (TNFalpha, IL-1alpha, IL-1beta, IL-2R, IL-6, IL-12 and IFN-gamma) fingerprinting of the PLNs after injection of ethanol and imipramine evidenced the same pattern of responses. These Risperdal 10 Mg results indicate a closely similar pattern of responses following the footpad injection of either imipramine or ethanol. The conclusion can be drawn that imipramine induces positive responses in the PLN assay via primary (nonspecific) irritation.

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Animals were treated for 21 days with venlafaxine, imipramine, fluoxetine, or maprotiline. In vitro hippocampal slices were used Asacol 400mg Capsule for electrophysiological measurements. Protein expression was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Western blotting.

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Plasma drug concentrations and clinical response were measured in two groups of hospitalised depressed patients, who received amitriptyline or imipramine double-blind, in a dosage of 250 mg for four weeks. Virtually no significant linear or curvilinear relationships were found between any plasma measure and any measure of clinical response. Modest but significant direct relationships were Cefixime Tablets Usage found between age and concentration of parent drugs but not demethylated metabolites. Blood drug level measurement therefore appears to be of little value in monitoring drug treatment of depressed in-patients.

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Treatment of human serum with DEAE-cellulose in acid conditions almost completely removed alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (alpha 1-AG) with little change in the concentration of albumin and beta-lipoprotein, while treatment with sulphosalicylic acid removed almost all the proteins except alpha 1-AG. The binding of various drugs to serum treated as above was measured by equilibrium dialysis and the contribution of alpha 1-AG to drug binding by human serum was assessed. Sulphosalicylic acid-treated serum exhibited a saturable binding for propranolol, which was considered to be due to the binding to alpha 1-AG while DEAE-cellulose-treated serum mostly exhibited non-saturable binding, for which albumin and beta-lipoprotein may be responsible. With this treated serum, alpha Prevacid Solutab Cost 1-AG was estimated to contribute approximately 40% to the binding of therapeutic concentrations of propranolol, 15% to that of imipramine and 15-20% to that of desipramine, respectively, in serum samples pooled from healthy adults. However, no contribution of alpha 1-AG was observed in the binding of salicylic acid to the serum. Dissociation constants of the propranolol binding to the high affinity site in control serum, sulphosalicylic acid-treated serum and purified alpha 1-AG showed similar values (3.7-6.7 microM). These results suggest that treatment of serum with sulphosalicylic acid and DEAE cellulose is useful in assessing the contribution of alpha 1-AG to the serum binding of basic drugs.

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The effect of lithium on locomotor activity in Lioresal Tab mice was studied and an attempt was made to elucidate the neuronal mechanisms involved. Lithium chloride (200 mg/kg, i.p.) administered acutely or daily for 7 days did not affect locomotor activity. A single injection of apomorphine at a low dose of 0.25 mg/kg (i.p.) markedly decreased locomotor activity but repeated injection of the drug produced hyperlocomotion accompanied by sniffing. Methamphetamine (1 mg/kg, i.p.), haloperidol (0.02 mg/kg, i.p.), thyrotropin releasing hormone (5 mg/kg, i.p.) or apomorphine (1 mg/kg, i.p.) exerted a biphasic action in locomotor activity, i.e. an initial increase and subsequent decrease. This initial hyperlocomotion induced by these drugs, except for apomorphine, was inhibited by lithium (200 mg/kg, i.p. X 1) or a low dose of apomorphine (0.25 mg/kg, i.p. X 1). The subsequent hypolocomotion was also attenuated by lithium, but not by apomorphine. Imipramine (10 mg/kg, i.p.) increased the hyperlocomotion induced by methamphetamine. The inhibitory effect of tetrabenazine (5 mg/kg, i.p.) on locomotor activity was attenuated after repeated treatment with lithium (200 mg/kg, i.p. X 7) or imipramine (10 mg/kg, i.p. X 7). The results suggest that lithium may inhibit dopaminergic neuron activities, probably not through an activation of presynaptic dopamine autoreceptors.