Elavil Medication - Uses & Side Effects
Generic Name: Amitriptyline hydrochloride
Elavil is in a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. Elavil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and may cause depression. Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. It works by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain.
- The usual starting dosage is 75 milligrams per day divided into 2 or more smaller doses. Your doctor may gradually increase this dose to 150 milligrams per day. The total daily dose is generally never higher than 200 milligrams.
- The usual dose for adolescents 12 years of age and over is 10 milligrams, 3 times a day, with 20 milligrams taken at bedtime.
Uses of Elavil
- Elavil is used to relieve symptoms of depression including such as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt; loss of interest in daily activities; changes in appetite; tiredness; sleeping too much; insomnia; and thoughts of death or suicide.
- Amitriptyline is also sometimes used to treat chronic pain, eating disorders, and certain skin problems.
Side Effects of Elavil
If you are taking this medication, then discuss the side effects with your doctor. If you feel any change in intensity, then you should tell your doctor. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Elavil. Side effects may include:
- black tongue
- blurred vision
- breast development in males
- breast enlargement
- difficult or frequent urination
- difficulty in speech
- dilation of pupils
- disturbed concentration
- dizziness on getting up
- dizziness or light-headedness
Warnings and precautions before taking Elavil:
- If you are taking Elavil, then it may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. So try to stay out of the sun, wear protective clothing, and apply a sun block.
- Elavil may cause you to become drowsy or less alert; So, you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery or participate in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness.
- You should 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.
- Before having surgery, dental treatment, or any diagnostic procedure, then you should tell the doctor that you are taking Elavil.
- You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to amitriptyline or any other medications.
Drug Interaction :-
If you are taking certain drugs with Elavil, then it may decreased, increased or altered the effects of Elavil medicine. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Elavil with the following:
- Airway-opening drugs such as Sudafed and Proventil
- Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Ethchlorvynol (Placidyl)
- Major tranquilizers such as Mellaril and Thorazine
- Parkinsonism drugs such as Cogentin and Larodopa
- Quinidine (Quinidex)
- Tranquilizers such as Librium and Xanax
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
When you are taking Elavil, and you feel that overdose is suspected then contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an Elavil overdose may include:-
- Abnormally low blood pressure
- dilated pupils and other eye problems
- disturbed concentration
- impaired heart function
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- reduced body temperature
- unresponsiveness or coma