How do they work?

How do I take them?

What about side effects?

What about addiction?

What about side effects?

Most tricyclic antidepressants may cause drowsiness, so they are usually prescribed for use at bedtime. Other side effects of these medications include dry mouth, constipation, and dizziness.

Usually, these side effects are not severe with the low doses used for pain relief, and they tend to get better after the first few weeks. Difficulties with urination sometimes occur - if you are an older man, you may be especially sensitive to this side effect.

If you are being treated for glaucoma, your eye doctor should be consulted about any decision to use tricyclic antidepressants.

Likewise, if you have heart problems, the doctor who takes care of your heart disease should be consulted.

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