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Drug Guide    A   Amitriptyline

  Prescription drug information   User opinions and reviews (4)  


(oral) (tablet)

Treats depression. This medicine is a tricyclic antidepressant.


Elavil, Vanatrip
2.4 out of 5
Avg Consumer Rating 2.4 out of 5
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Elavil, Vanatrip
Treats depression. This medicine is a tricyclic antidepressant.

  • Store at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.

How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Tablet. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often.
  • Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine may be taken on an empty or full stomach. This medicine should come with a Medication Guide.
  • Read and follow these instructions carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one.
  • Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Confusion, agitation, hallucinations Diarrhea, fever, sweating, trembling or shaking Fainting Fast or irregular heartbeat Muscle stiffness Skin rash or hives

  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to amitriptyline or to related medicine such as Asendin®, Anafranil®, Sinequan®, maprotiline (Ludiomil®), or trazodone (Desyrel®).
  • You should not use this medicine if you are also taking cisapride (Propulsid®).

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. If you take only one dose at bedtime and you miss the dose, do not take the medicine in the morning.
  • Wait until the next night and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, a history of heart disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, or stomach or intestinal disease. For some children and teenagers, this medicine can increase thoughts of suicide.
  • All of the warnings in this leaflet are true for a child or teenager who is using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you start to feel more depressed.
  • Also tell your doctor right away if you have thoughts about hurting yourself.
  • Report any unusual thoughts or behaviors that trouble you, especially if they are new or get worse quickly.
  • Make sure your caregiver knows if you have trouble sleeping, get upset easily, have a big increase in energy, or start to act reckless.
  • Also tell your doctor if you have sudden or strong feelings, such as feeling nervous, angry, restless, violent, or scared.
  • Let your doctor know if you or anyone in your family has bipolar disorder (manic-depressive) or has tried to commit suicide.
  • You may need to take this medicine for several weeks before you start to feel better. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • You may need to take less and less before stopping it completely. This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
  • Use a sunscreen when outdoors.
  • Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

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User Medicine Opinions for Amitriptyline
Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 46
Location: Leicester
Time Taken: 6 months

Reason: to prevent cluster migraines Date: 14 January 2011
Side Effects
A dry mouth in the morning, and trouble waking up, I used to be up at 5am most mornings, but now I rarely get up before 630 to be at work for 730 and thats an effort. I am very lethargic now, putting everything off, whereas before I was very keen to get things done.

Additional Thoughts
I once forgot to take a tablet (always take it before bed) and the next day took it at 8am with no side effects except constant yawning!! Was this OK to do?

Overall:1 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 37
Location: NZ
Time Taken: 4 months

Reason: Depression and chronic pain Date: 9 August 2010
Side Effects
Hallucinations on waking from sleep. It took sometime to realise these were hallucinations and not real. Very disturbing. No apparent assistance with the chronic paid. Did not help with the depression.

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Overall:1 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 55
Location: isle of wight UK
Time Taken: 2 months days

Reason: fibromyalgia Date: 1 April 2010
Side Effects
very dry mouth on waking up had hallucinations last night when trying to sleep last night

Additional Thoughts
not sure if this is helping with fibromyalgia

Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 53
Location: england
Time Taken: 2 months days

Reason: IBS/insomnia Date: 25 June 2009
Side Effects
weakness, muscle ache in morning especially neck & shoulders

Additional Thoughts
Can sleep all night now

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