What is Elavil (Amitriptyline) used for?
Elavil is used to treat symptoms of depression. It is a tricyclic antidepressant medication that works by regulating the neurotransmitters that affect mood.
It can relieve anxiety/tension, improve mood and feelings of well-being, improve sleep and increase energy levels. It may be used for other conditions. if you are taking Elavil for a different condition call your doctor to determine how it’s supposed to benefit you. It is important to be informed why you are taking it and it is meant to treat.
Frequently Asked Questions About Elavil
It is important to read the medication guide leaflet and follow the directions provided by your doctor. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you questions about how to take it or if you need medical advice on side effects.
It is usually taken orally, as often prescribed, before bed to avoid drowsiness during the day. You may start off with a lower dose initially and it may increase depending on the result of treatment and your condition. You have to take Elavil consistently to get the maximum benefit from it.
If you happen to miss a dose, simply take it when you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your schedule. Do not take an extra dose to make up for missed dose. Taking too much medication at once can lead to an increased risk of side effects.
call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Seek medical attention if you do not notice any benefit or if you have worsening mental illness, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts, eating disorder or withdrawal symptoms.
The following drugs are known to interact with Elavil. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Tolfenamic Acid
- Choline Salicylate
Elavil Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Estradot Patch, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Elavil to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- cough or hoarseness
- muscle twitching
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
- swelling or puffiness of face
- increased need to urinate
- nightmares or unusually vivid dreams
- overactive reflexes
- muscle tightness
- fear or nervousness
- disturbance of accommodation
- decrease in urine volume
- poor coordination
- vomiting of blood
- yellow eyes and skin
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- fever with or without chills
- swelling or inflammation of the mouth
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- high fever
- high or low blood pressure
- fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- sore throat
- twisting movements of body pain or discomfort in arms, jaw, back, or neck
- change in consciousness
- stiffness of limbs
- loss of appetite
- breast enlargement in females
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Bigger, dilated, or enlarged pupils (black part of eye)
- increased thirst
- hives or welts
- pinpoint red spots on skin
- trouble in speaking
- decreased interest in sexual intercourse
- swelling of testicles
- chest pain or discomfort
- trouble sleeping
- false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts
- loss of balance control
- inability to have or keep an erection
- difficulty in breathing
- cool, pale skin
- loss of sense of taste
- painful or difficult urination
- pounding in the ears
- disturbed concentration
- rapid or worm-like movements of tongue
- shortness of breath
- uncontrolled chewing movements
- increased sweating
- nausea and vomiting
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.