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ian05
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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/28/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm three months in from prostatectomy and my surgeon has prescribed Imipramine to help my almost non-existent bladder control. I've been taking them for a couple of days, and they've made me feel very tired, lethargic and almost completely without energy. So far there has been no effect on the bladder control. Has anyone got any experience of taking these? Do the side efects wear off after you've taken them for a while? Do they help the bladder control? And if they do, does the control go once you stop taking them?

Purgatory
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   Posted 11/28/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that drug is an old school anti-depressent. I researched and it can be prescribed for urinary control, but couldnt tell how effective it was for that use. Some of the side effects are what you have described.

Perhaps you could post a little more about your self and your PC journey, make a signature at the bottom by going to the Control Panel at the top of the page. It would help us understand your situation a little bit better.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 11/28/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   

What is the dozage you are taking? about 14 years ago my doctor had me take imipramine for some mild depression I was having when I went through a divorce. I would only take it at bedtime since it did cause the drowziness that you mentioned. I also would get extreme dry mouth from taking it.

Larry

 


Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/28/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah larry, so docs will presribe it for a sleep aid too
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


ian05
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 11/28/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I take two 10mg tablets three times a day. I guess where I'm coming from is that I would prepared to put up with the side effects if I thought it was helping with the other stuff.

lewvino
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 384
   Posted 11/29/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Ian,
I am not a doctor so of course you need to discuss with your doc. See if you could take the doze all at bedtime. I think that was about the doze I took years ago but DID not take during the daytime. But of course your doc is trying to assist with the urine control so it might just be that you need to put up with it. But plase talk to the Doc about it.

Larry
Age 55 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN. 
Final Path report:
20% of the prostate Invovled
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
 
First post Surgery PSA - 0

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