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Treatment for depression with Elavil (Amitryptyline)


Elavil (amitryptyline) as a treatment for depression:

Elavil is usually prescribed as a treatment for depression. It is a member of the group of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Some doctors also prescribe Elavil to treat bulimia (an eating disorder), to control chronic pain, to prevent migraine headaches, and to treat a pathological weeping and laughing syndrome associated with multiple sclerosis.

elavilSome important facts to know about Elavil as a treatment for depression: You may need to take Elavil regularly for several weeks before it becomes fully effective. You should not skip doses, even if it really does not seem to make a difference, or even if you feel that you do not really need it.


How should you take Elavil?

Elavil should be taken exactly as prescribed. You may experience side effects, such as mild drowsiness, early in treatment for depression. However, these side effects usually disappear after a few days. It may take as long as 30 days to effectively treat your depression.

Elavil may cause a dry mouth. Sucking on hard candy, chewing gum, or melting bits of ice in your mouth can provide relief.

If you miss a dose…

If you miss your regular dose of Elavil, take it as soon as you can remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back your regular schedule. Never take two doses at the same time.

If you take a single daily dose at bedtime, do not make up for it in the morning. It may cause side effects during the daytime.

Storage instructions…

Keep Elavil in a tightly closed container. Store at room temperature and protect it from the light and excessive heat.

Special warnings about Elavil:

Do not stop taking Elavil abruptly, especially if you have been taking large doses for a long period of time, your doctor will probably want to decrease your dosage gradually. This will help prevent a possible relapse of depressive symptoms, and will reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms.

Elavil may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Try to stay out of the sun, wear protective clothing, and apply a sunblock. It may also cause you to become drowsy or less alert; therefore, you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery or participate in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness until you know how this drug effects you.

While taking this medication as a treatment for depression, you may feel dizzy or lightheaded, or actually faint when getting up from a lying or sitting position. If getting up slowly doesn’t help or if this problem continues, notify your doctor.

Use Elavil with caution if you have ever had seizures, urinary retention, glaucoma or other chronic eye conditions, a heart or circulatory system disorder, or liver problems. Be cautious, also, if you are receiving thyroid medication. You should discuss all of your medical problems with your doctor before starting this depression medication. Before having surgery, dental treatment, or any diagnostic procedures, tell the doctor that you are taking Elavil. Certain drugs used during surgery, such as anesthetics and muscle relaxants, and drugs used in certain diagnostic procedures may react badly with this medication.

Back Image - AMITRIPTYLINE HYDROCHLORIDEBy Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist 

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