I have to take anti depressants such as Imipramine probably forever and a number of other anti psychotic drugs so in the long term I don't want my stomach damaged. Seldom happens my stomach reacts to Imipramine like when it is empty. I don't know if AluminiumMg is recommended to take daily, however I know these two other drugs Ranitidine and Pantoprazole (Enteric coated tablet). How do you recommend to take any of these two drugs ?
☆ COULD I take Ranitidine and Pantoprazole "occasionally" ? Does Pantoprazole work in the small intestine (?) as my worry is the stomach first.
Do I have to take them 1 hour before Imipramine ? Do you have any further advice ?
Thanks in advance,
Whilst generally there is no problem taking either Ranitidine or Pantoprazole on an "as required" basis, I'm not altogether sure they will help with your problems.
Drugs like Imipramine have what are called anti-cholinergic side-effects. These effects can include blurred vision, dry mouth and some gastro-intestinal problems. Imipramine can prevent the production of saliva (hence the dry mouth) and the release of stomach acid which is needed to aid digestion of food. This can result in feeling usually described as "indigestion", which people usually treat with antacids or acid suppressants such as Ranitidine and Pantoprazole. So potentially these drugs may not really help your problems.
If you find Ranitidine or Pantoprazole does help, then it's fine to continue. However if you find no real benefit, then I would not persist.
There is no reason why either drug cannot be taken at the same time as Imipramine.
I hope this helps.