Generic name: Elavil
Brand names: Amitriptyline, Elavil, Tryptizol, Endep
What is Elavil?
Elavil is a popular medicine that is known as a tricyclic antidepressant. It diminishes clues of bulimia (an eating disorder), pathological weeping and laughing (associated with multiple sclerosis), migraine headaches and mental depression. Consult your medic or pharmacist for more information about the medicinal efficacy of this product.
What important information should I know about Elavil?
Elavil may cause dizziness or coordination problems. Be very careful about operating machinery, doing hazardous tasks, driving, climbing until you know how you react to this medicine. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can cause dangerous side effects when taken together with Elavil. Do not use Elavil if you are taking a type of medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI): procarbazine, linezolid, moclobemide, rasagiline, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, selegiline. Do not finish your course of Elavil, even if you start to feel better. Stopping the medication too early may worsen some conditions. Always make known to a medic before giving Elavil to a child.
What should I tell my doctor before I take this drug?
Your health care professional has to know about:
- heart disorders, heart attack, stroke, or seizures
- liver or kidney disease
- any allergies
- thyroid disease
- seizures or epilepsy
- bipolar disorder (manic-depression)
- stomach or intestinal problems
- an enlarged prostate or difficulty urinating
- pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant
How to take Elavil?
This medication is offered in the tablet form of tabs to take by mouth. It is usually taken one to four times daily, at regular intervals. This medicament is taken with some liquid. It is better to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Elavil to protect your kidneys. You may take it on a full or on an empty stomach. In order to lessen stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is possible to combine with food. The tabs should be swallowed whole. Do not break, chew, crush or open them. The dose of Elavil vary among individuals and the diseases being treated. It is obviously to appeal to your medic before to take this drug. Follow your physician instructions thoroughly.
What should you do if you miss a dose of Elavil?
If you forget to take a dose of Elavil, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
What should you do if you overdose of Elavil?
Taking any medicine in large doses you can have serious consequences for your health. If you are overdosed visit your medic immediately.
Overdose of Elavil may may cause coma
- or seizure (convulsions)
- or confusion
- or fainting
- or blurred vision
- or muscle stiffness
- or uneven heartbeats
- or sweating
- or feeling hot or cold
- or extreme drowsiness
- or feeling light-headed
- or vomiting
- or agitation.
What drug(s) may interact with Elavil?
- Anticholinergic medications (Atropine, Belladonna (Donnatal, B&O Supprettes, Bellamine S), Benztropine (Cogentin), Clidinium (Librax), Clozapine (Clozaril), Darifenacin (Enablex), Dicyclomine (Bentyl), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Tylenol PM), Glycopyrrolate (Robinul))
- Barbiturates (Amobarbital (Amytal), Butalbital (Fioricet, Fiorinal), Pentobarbital (Nembutal), Phenobarbital (Luminal), Secobarbital (Seconal)
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Cisapride (Propulsid)
- Flecainide (Tambocor)
- Phenothiazine medications (Chlorpromazine| Fluphenazine (Prolixin), Perphenazine, Promethazine (Phenergan), Thioridazine (Mellaril), Trifluoperazine)
- Propafenone (Rythmol)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- SSRI antidepressants (Citalopram (Celexa), Escitalopram (Lexapro), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Paroxetine (Paxil), Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Thyroid medications
This is not a complite list of interactions. Detail information you may receive at your physician.
Discuss with your medic the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
What side-effects may occur?
- Allergic reaction ( skin rash or swelling; itching; hives; swelling of your tongue
- or face
- or throat
- or lips; difficulty breathing)
- Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- Mental, mood changes (e.g., loss of contact with reality, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, blurred vision)
- Problems with breathing, chest pain
- Fever with increased sweating
- Numbness, tingling in your hands or feet (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
- Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
- Nausea, vomiting
- Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
- Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin
If these persist or worsen, advise your health care provider instantly. This is not a whole list of side effects and others may occur. If you notice other effects not mentioned above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How should Elavil be stored?
Elavil should be stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep medication out of the reach of children and away from pets.