tricyclic antidepressant

noun

Definition of tricyclic antidepressant 

: any of a group of antidepressant drugs (such as imipramine and amitriptyline) that contain three fused benzene rings, potentiate the action of catecholamines (such as norepinephrine and serotonin) by inhibiting their uptake by nerve endings, and do not inhibit the action of monoamine oxidase

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These include prescription antihistamines, OTC antihistamines, tricyclic antidepressants, some heartburn medications, and certain asthma drugs. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Expect If You Need Allergy Testing," 5 Sep. 2018 Possible treatments include blood pressure drugs like beta-blockers; anticonvulsant agents like topirimate (Topamax); and tricyclic antidepressants like imipramine (Tofranil). Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Giving Migraine Treatments the Best Chance," 18 Sep. 2017

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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tricyclic antidepressant

noun

Medical Definition of tricyclic antidepressant 

: any of a group of antidepressant drugs (as imipramine, amitriptyline, desipramine, and nortriptyline) that contain three fused benzene rings, that potentiate the action of catecholamines (as norepinephrine and serotonin) by inhibiting their uptake by nerve endings, and that do not inhibit the action of monoamine oxidase

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