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Elavil (Amitriptyline)

Elavil (Amitriptyline)

Amitriptyline General Information

Elavil (Amitriptyline) is indicated for the treatment of mental/mood problems like depression. It is a serious and common medical illness that negatively affects how you feel and how you act. It also affects the way you think and causes feelings of sadness.

This medication may help relieves anxiety and tension and improve mood and feelings of well-being. This may help you sleep better and increase your energy level. 

How does Elavil (Amitriptyline) work?

Amitriptyline works as an anti-depressant. It works by suppressing serotonin reuptake and norepinephrine uptake. Both norepinephrine and serotonin are important neurotransmitters. Those are responsible for automatic mood and body responses. When both are in short supply the symptoms of depression, in tandem often with insomnia may happen. This medication is known as a tricyclic antidepressant for its molecular structure. 

Why use Elavil (Amitriptyline)?

Elavil (Amitriptyline) belongs to the class of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants. This drug contains Amitriptyline as an active ingredient. It is a white, odorless, and crystalline compound which is freely soluble in water. This medication is supplied as 10mg, 25mg, 50mg, 75mg, 100mg, and 150mg tablets for oral administration. The (Food and Drug Administration) FDA has already approved this medication. 

How to use Elavil (Amitriptyline)?

Elavil (Amitriptyline) is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken 1-4 times a day. If you are taking it once daily, take it at bedtime to help reduce daytime sleepiness.

Take it regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not use this drug more often or longer than it is prescribed.

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment.

What are the side-effects of Elavil (Amitriptyline)?

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Trouble urinating
  • Changes in taste
  • Increased in hunger

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before using this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies. Tell also to your doctor about your medical history if you have and your current medications.
  • This may not be recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor first before taking this drug.
  • Do not share this or any of your prescriptions with others who have the same condition as yours.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place as well as away from heat and moisture.