What is doxepin?
Doxepin is an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of insomnia. It is in a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants and requires a prescription from a doctor. At higher doses, it is also prescribed to treat anxiety and depression.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects your ability to get the sleep your body needs. Insomnia can have an adverse effect on mood, cognition and general and cardiovascular health.
How does doxepin work?
Doxepin works by blocking the effects of histamine. Histamine is a chemical which occurs naturally in your body, and helps manage your sleep-wake cycle. When histamine is blocked, drowsiness can ensue.
What does doxepin look like?
Doxepin is made in both tablet and capsule formulations. The color and imprint will depend on the manufacturer and the dosage.
Who makes doxepin?
Doxepin is a generic medication made by several different manufacturers such as Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Rugby and others.
Examples of name-brand doxepin capsules include Sinequan, Prudoxin, and Zonalon, manufactured by Pfizer, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Prestium Pharma, respectively.
Doxepin vs. gabapentin
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant medication typically used to treat seizures and pain. While doxepin works by blocking the uptake of histamine, gabapentin works by increasing the concentration of GABA, a chemical that can regulate pain perception in your brain.
Although gabapentin has also been shown to have sleep-enhancing effects, it more commonly treats sleep disruption specifically associated with pain. Gabapentin is not prescribed for insomnia as often as doxepin.