Author Details
Written By
BDS
Reviewed By
MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
Last updated:
20 Sep 2020 | 04:06 AM (IST)
Want to know more?
Read Our Editorial Policy
Have issue with the content?
Report Problem

Actipin 25mg Tablet

Prescription Required
SALT COMPOSITION
Storage
Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Introduction

Actipin 25mg Tablet is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is used in the treatment of insomnia (difficulty in sleeping). It is also used in patients intolerant of or unresponsive to alternative (other) treatment options for depression and anxiety disorders.

Actipin 25mg Tablet works by increasing the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that stabilizes and enhances the mood. It is usually advised to take it before bedtime because it can make you feel drowsy. It can be taken with or without food, but you should take it at a fixed time each day for better efficacy. The dose and duration will be decided by your doctor so that you get the right amount to control your symptoms. If you have missed any dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not skip any dose and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. This medication must not be stopped suddenly without talking to the doctor. Your dose may be modified or gradually decreased before stopping the medicine.

The most common side effects of this medicine include increased heart rate, blurred vision, dryness in the mouth, difficulty in urination, and constipation. Initially, this medicine may also cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, especially when you change positions. It may even cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. To lower the chances of dizziness, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. It may also lead to weight gain in some people. Most of the common side effects tend to be mild and temporary. Your doctor may be able to suggest ways of preventing or reducing side effects if they bother you or do not go away. Serious side effects associated with this medicine are rare.

Before taking this medicine, it is important to tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines for the same or any other diseases. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should take this medicine with proper consultation and caution. This medicine is not known to be addictive, but you can experience additional side effects (withdrawal symptoms) if you stop taking it suddenly. If you notice any sudden mood change or get suicidal or self-harm thoughts, you must consult the doctor without delay. Also, remember to take this medicine as advised by the doctor as an overdose of this medication may lead to a serious health emergency. Consumption of alcohol should be avoided as alcohol interacts with this medicine to cause serious health issues.

Uses of Actipin Tablet

Benefits of Actipin Tablet

In Treatment of Insomnia

Actipin 25mg Tablet helps treat insomnia (difficulty falling or staying asleep) in people who have problems related to their sleeping habits. Insomnia may cause you to wake up earlier than usual and you may find it difficult to go back to sleep. Actipin 25mg Tablet works by slowing activity in the brain to allow sleep. This helps you relax and feel more energetic. It also helps you concentrate better and improves your quality of life.

In Treatment of Depression

Actipin 25mg Tablet is thought to work by affecting the balance of certain chemicals (such as serotonin) in the brain. It helps improve mood and feelings of wellbeing, relieve anxiety and tension, help you sleep better and increase your energy level. It is used to treat depression that is unresponsive to other medicines. You need to take it regularly as it is prescribed for it to be most effective and should not stop taking it suddenly.

Side effects of Actipin Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Actipin

  • Increased heart rate
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty in urination
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
  • Weight gain

How to use Actipin Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Actipin 25mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Actipin Tablet works

Actipin 25mg Tablet is a tricyclic antidepressant. It increases the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that help in regulating the mood and treat depression.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Actipin 25mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Actipin 25mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Actipin 25mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
The baby should be monitored carefully for excessive sleepiness, and adequate weight gain.
Driving
UNSAFE
Actipin 25mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Actipin 25mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Actipin 25mg Tablet is recommended.
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Actipin 25mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Actipin 25mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Actipin Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Actipin 25mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
Actipin 25mg Tablet
₹2.02/Tablet
Doxicar 25mg Tablet
Densa Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
₹2.8/Tablet
39% costlier
Dox 25mg Tablet
D D Pharmaceuticals
₹3/Tablet
49% costlier
Doxinurin 25mg Tablet
East West Pharma
₹3.47/Tablet
72% costlier
Doxyril 25mg Tablet
Reliance Formulation Pvt Ltd
₹3.8/Tablet
88% costlier
Doxedep 25mg Tablet
La Pharmaceuticals
₹4.48/Tablet
122% costlier

Quick Tips

  • Actipin 25mg Tablet helps in the treatment of insomnia, depression and anxiety.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice behavioral changes, mood changes and suicidal thoughts while taking this medicine. 
  • Inform your doctor if you notice a loss of consciousness, agitation, reduced breathing rate, convulsions, muscle rigidity, and mouth dryness.
  • You may be asked for regular blood tests to monitor the blood cell count or level of sodium and sugar in the blood.
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how the medicine affects you.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Dibenzoxepin Derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
NEURO CNS

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Actipin with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Lizolan, Lidoford, Mapzolide
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Trima, Rimarex, Morex
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Moxicheck, Moxonex, Unsym
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient Concerns

arrow
Alcoholic,chronic insomnia,depression,anxiety.
Dr. Anuneet Sabharwal
Psychiatry
You will need to be admitted in a psychiatry ward for detoxification and motivational enhancementDo not try to stop alcohol on your own as it is dangerous and not recommended
Insomnia and depression and anxiety
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Depression is a persistent state of sadness that is the result of interaction between one's inner biological and psychological state and gets triggered of with environmental stressors. Endogenous depression occurs without any noticeable environmental stressors. Psychological symptoms include lack of interest, negative thinking, irritability, frustration, feeling demotivated etc. Somatic symptoms like fatigue/ weakness/ lack of sleep/ lack of appetite and other physical symptoms are common. Anxiety is common. In severe cases one may feel helpless and hopeless enough to wish for death or attempt suicide. Treatment includes physical and psychiatric work up following which medicines can be prescribed. In milder cases, psychotherapy or counselling is recommended.
arrow
Do you have any questions related to Actipin 25mg Tablet ?

FAQs

Q. Can I stop taking Actipin 25mg Tablet abruptly?

No, you should always check with your doctor before you stop taking Actipin 25mg Tablet. Stopping the medicine abruptly may cause withdrawal effects. So, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually before taking you off the medicine completely. This helps to prevent a recurrence of the symptoms of depression and also reduces the chances of withdrawal symptoms.

Q. Does Actipin 25mg Tablet cause withdrawal symptoms?

Yes, stopping the use of Actipin 25mg Tablet abruptly results in withdrawal symptoms which include insomnia (trouble falling asleep), irritability and excessive sweating. You should consult your doctor if you need to stop Actipin 25mg Tablet. You doctor may gradually reduce the dose of Actipin 25mg Tablet before taking you off Actipin 25mg Tablet completely.

Q. When must Actipin 25mg Tablet not be taken?

You should not take Actipin 25mg Tablet if you have ever had an allergic reaction to antidepressant medicines (such as Actipin 25mg Tablet), or any of the inactive ingredients of Actipin 25mg Tablet. Avoid taking Actipin 25mg Tablet if you have glaucoma (increased eye pressure), liver problems, any difficulty in passing urine, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take Actipin 25mg Tablet if you are taking or have taken monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) in the last two weeks or, if you suffer from mania (where you experience an abnormally elevated and excitable mood). It should not be given to children under 12 years of age.

Q. Can I drive while on Actipin 25mg Tablet treatment?

Taking Actipin 25mg Tablet may cause sleepiness, so you should avoid driving or working with machinery until the effect has worn off. Driving while taking Actipin 25mg Tablet may increase the risk of sleep-driving. This refers to driving while not fully awake after taking a sleeping medicine that can lead to decreased awareness of the surroundings and cause accidents.

Q. What are the overdose symptoms of Actipin 25mg Tablet?

Overdose of Actipin 25mg Tablet can be mild or severe. Signs and symptoms of mild overdose include drowsiness, blurred vision and excessive dryness of the mouth. Severe overdose may cause loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, convulsions, low blood pressure, unusually fast heartbeat or palpitations. If you take too much of Actipin 25mg Tablet, contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help.

Q. How long does it take for Actipin 25mg Tablet to kick in?

It may take several weeks or longer for you to experience significant benefits of Actipin 25mg Tablet. Do not stop taking Actipin 25mg Tablet without talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.

Q. Can Actipin 25mg Tablet treat insomnia?

Yes. Actipin 25mg Tablet is also used for the treatment of insomnia (difficulty sleeping). It is especially helpful for people who have trouble staying asleep.

Q. Can I drink alcohol while on treatment with Actipin 25mg Tablet?

No, you should not drink alcohol while taking Actipin 25mg Tablet as alcohol can increase the sleepiness or dizziness that occur as side effects of Actipin 25mg Tablet.

Q. Is Actipin 25mg Tablet addictive?

Generally Actipin 25mg Tablet does not cause dependence and is therefore not addictive. But, you should not stop taking Actipin 25mg Tablet abruptly as it may cause temporary withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia (trouble falling asleep), irritability and excessive sweating.

Q. Can Actipin 25mg Tablet cause suicidal thoughts?

Yes, Actipin 25mg Tablet can cause suicidal thoughts. This is more common in people who have previously had thoughts about killing or harming themselves, are younger than 25 years of age with a history of psychiatric conditions and who have earlier been treated with an antidepressant. If you experience suicidal thoughts, contact your doctor or go to a hospital straight away. You may also find it helpful to talk to a relative or close friend.

Q. Does Actipin 25mg Tablet cause weight gain or loss of appetite?

Actipin 25mg Tablet may cause weight gain as well as loss of appetite, but it is not very common. Call your doctor if any of these bother you.

Q. What is the best time to take Actipin 25mg Tablet?

Actipin 25mg Tablet should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. Your dose will depend on the illness you are being treated for. If you are taking Actipin 25mg Tablet for insomnia, you should take it 30 minutes just before bedtime and you should not do anything that needs mental focus. If you are taking it for depression or anxiety, take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Remember to take this medicine at the same time each day to avoid missing doses.

Q. What are the side effects of Actipin 25mg Tablet?

The side effects of Actipin 25mg Tablet include increased heart rate, weight gain, dryness in mouth, orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), constipation and difficulty in urination. It may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, cause chills and excessive sweating. Please consult your doctor if any of these side effects worry you or do not go away.

Related Products

Related Ayurvedic Ingredients

Want to share the information?

Disclaimer:

1mg's sole intention is to ensure that its consumers get information that is expert-reviewed, accurate and trustworthy. However, the information contained herein should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician. The information provided here is for informational purposes only. This may not cover all possible side effects, drug interactions or warnings or alerts. Please consult your doctor and discuss all your queries related to any disease or medicine. We intend to support, not replace, the doctor-patient relationship.

References

  1. Stahl SM, editor. Doxepin. In: Stahl's Essential Pschopharmacology: Prescriber's Guide. 5th ed. New York, New York: Cambridge University Press; 2014. pp. 211-17.
  2. Skidgel RA, Kaplan AP, Erdös EG. Histamine, Bradykinin, and Their Antagonists. In: Brunton LL, Chabner BA, Knollmann BC, editors. Goodman & Gilman’s: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 12th ed. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2011. p. 923.
  3. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, editors. A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk: Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2015. pp. 430-31.
  4. Doxepin. San Diego: Somaxon Pharmaceuticals; 1969 [revised date]. [Accessed 22 Mar. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  5. Chaves RG, Lamounier JA. Breastfeeding and maternal medications. J Pediatr (Rio J). 2004;80(5 Suppl):S189-S198. [Accessed 20 Mar. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  6. Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). [Accessed 22 Mar. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
Best Price
₹17.17
MRP20.2  Get 15% OFF
Inclusive of all taxes
Best price is valid on orders above ₹499
10 tablets in 1 strip
SOLD OUT

INDIA’S LARGEST HEALTHCARE PLATFORM

150M+
Visitors
25M+
Orders Delivered
1000+
Cities
Get the link to download App
Reliable

All products displayed on 1mg are procured from verified and licensed pharmacies. All labs listed on the platform are accredited

Secure

1mg uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 128-bit encryption and is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant

Affordable

Find affordable medicine substitutes, save up to 50% on health products, up to 80% off on lab tests and free doctor consultations.

India's only LegitScript and ISO/IEC 27001 certified online healthcare platform
Know More About 1mgdownArrow
Access medical and health information

1mg provides you with medical information which is curated, written and verified by experts, accurate and trustworthy. Our experts create high-quality content about medicines, diseases, lab investigations, Over-The-Counter (OTC) health products, Ayurvedic herbs/ingredients, and alternative remedies.

Order medicines online

Get free medicine home delivery in over 1000 cities across India. You can also order Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and other Over-The-Counter (OTC) health products. Your safety is our top priority. All products displayed on 1mg are procured from verified and licensed pharmacies.

Book lab tests

Book any lab tests and preventive health packages from certified labs and get tested from the comfort of your home. Enjoy free home sample collection, view reports online and consult a doctor online for free.

Consult a doctor online

Got a health query? Consult doctors online from the comfort of your home for free. Chat privately with our registered medical specialists to connect directly with verified doctors. Your privacy is guaranteed.