Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, Sanofi Aventis, Warns Doctors of Possible Overdose Adverse Effects

Sanofi-Aventis and FDA notified healthcare professionals of changes to the Warnings and Overdosage sections of the Prescribing Information for Norpramin (desipramine hydrochloride), indicated for the treatment of depression. The new safety information states that extreme caution should be used when this drug is given to patients who have a family history of sudden death, cardiac dysrhythmias, and cardiac conduction disturbances; and that seizures precede cardiac dysrhythmias and death in some patients.