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Elavil

Elavil



USES: This medication is used to treat depression, obsessive- compulsive disorders, and bed-wetting in children over 6 years of age (enuresis). This medication may also be used to treat nerve pain, sleeping problems (insomnia), and has other uses as determined by your doctor.

 
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Elavil

Uses
This medication is used to treat depression, obsessive- compulsive disorders, and bed-wetting in children over 6 years of age (enuresis). This medication may also be used to treat nerve pain, sleeping problems (insomnia), and has other uses as determined by your doctor.
Notes
  • Do not allow anyone else to use this medication.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication.


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How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Use this as prescribed.
  • Try to use each dose at the same time(s) each day so you remember to routinely use it.
  • It may take 2 to 3 weeks before the full benefit of this medication becomes apparent.
  • Do not stop using this medication without your doctor's approval.
  • Nausea, headache or fatigue can occur if the drug is suddenly stopped.

Side Effects
  • May cause drowsiness, dizziness, increased sun sensitivity or blurred vision.
  • May initially cause dizziness and lightheadedness when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
  • Other side effects include heartburn, loss of appetite, dry mouth, strange taste in mouth, anxiety, restlessness or sweating.
  • If any side effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
  • Report promptly chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, difficulty urinating, nightmares, ringing in the ears, excessive drowsiness, uncoordinated movements or fainting.
  • Taking this medication at bedtime may help minimize side effects.
  • Talk to your doctor about this.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this drug tell your doctor your medical history, especially of glaucoma, prostate problems, decreased urine output, thyroid disease, breathing problems, seizure problems, alcohol use, heart disease, mental/emotional problems, liver or kidney disease and of any drug allergies.
  • Use caution when engaging in tasks requiring alertness such as driving or operating machinery.
  • Limit alcohol consumption as it may increase the drowsiness and dizziness effects of this drug.
  • Limit exposure to hot weather as it may lead to heat stroke.
  • This drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • This drug may be excreted into breast milk.
  • The effects on the infant are not known at this time.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose and are taking more than 1 daily: do not take it if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • If you take it once daily at bedtime, do not take it the following morning.
  • Call your doctor.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Inform your doctor about the medicines you take, especially if you take clonidine, guanadrel, guanethidine, MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), cimetidine, SSRIs (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline), warfarin, carbamazepine, certain diet pills (e.g., phentermine, fenfluramine); adrenaline-type drugs (e.g., dopamine, ephedrine, epinephrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, isoproterenol) some of which may be found in cough-and-cold or asthma products; narcotic pain medications (e.g., codeine) and of any other drugs you may use, both prescription and nonprescription.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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User Medicine Opinions for Elavil
Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 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: 24
Time Taken: 14 days

Reason: migraines Date: 31 May 2011
Side Effects
Extreme hot flashes, tiredness, constipation and high anxiety.

Additional Thoughts
I have been on 25 mg of elavil for 2 weeks now. I have extreme hot flashes and high anxiety. I have been on edge since i got put on it. I haven't experienced any weight gain, but i have been constipated and experiencing stomach problems related to that. I also am having problems getting out of bed in the morning. The worst part about it- it has helped my migraines! but the side effects are not worth it. I will not be continuing this drug after i see my doc again.

Overall:4 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:5 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 51
Location: Pa
Time Taken: 2 years days

Reason: managing sleep disorder due to Fibro Mialgia Date: 23 August 2010
Side Effects
weight gain, tinnitus, lightheadedness.

Additional Thoughts
I have Meniere's Disease and it greatly increased my symptoms. I was on 25 mg for 2 years and it had stopped working for me and did not want to increase so I decided to go off it. I didn't find out till after I was experiencing extreme itching after stopping and searching as to why I was that I found out it has these side affects.

Overall:4 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: 55
Location: grove city, pa
Time Taken: 8 weeks

Reason: for IC Date: 13 October 2009
Side Effects
fatique, nausea, headache

Additional Thoughts
helps control the s/s of IC, but don't like these side effects.

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 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: 47
Location: SC
Time Taken: 8 years days

Reason: restorative sleep Date: 9 October 2007
Side Effects
Never experience any side effects. Have noticed weight inching up a few pounds every year. Dieting usually takes it off quickly.

Additional Thoughts
I love this medication. Before taking it I could hardly get out of bed in the morning. Felt very achy and like I had never slept. Since I have been taking it (25 mg one every night) I think it makes me get the restorative sleep I need for my body to heal itself. No hangover effects. No more achy joints.

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