Since their discovery in the 1950s, tricyclic antidepressants have been used to treat mental depression [& migraine headaches]. Like other antidepressant drugs, they reduce symptoms such as extreme sadness, hopelessness, and lack of energy. Some tricyclic antidepressants are also used to treat bulimia, cocaine withdrawal, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, certain types of chronic pain, and bed-wetting in children.
of course, tricyclic anti-ds, though generally cheap, can have negative side effects & interactions w/other drugs. there may be other reasons NOT to take them. and i'm in no way qualified to prescribe or make sweeping conclusions about them(!).
i'm not claiming that they're the BEST drugs (or even anti-d) to treat depression, either (i know some people try prozac) and i'm just sharing b/c this could be interesting or useful info to others...
i've been taking 50 mg of imipramine per day for a little over a month now.
some more links* on this subject:
(*or you could just use google :-)
x-posted to my journal.