Drug: Elavil

Elavil Pill
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Amitriptyline known as Elavil is used primarily in mental and mood problems like depression. It falls under the class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. By changing the balance of some natural chemicals (serotonin for example) in the brain, Elavil may help to improve mood and feelings of well-being, relieve anxiety and tension, help you sleep better, and increase your energy level. Everything from uses to possible side effects and safety precautions that one should know about Elavil is covered in this inclusive guide.


Uses of Elavil


Depression alone is not all that can be successfully treated by Elavil; it is also administered for various other medical conditions such as preventing migraines headaches, treating neuropathic pain or managing symptoms of eating disorders. Although it is essential to follow a healthcare professional’s advice when using this medication due to its multipurpose nature that makes it a valuable option against different diseases.


How to Take Elavil


If you take Elavil correctly then only can you expect best results out of it while minimizing potential side effects. Generally, this medicine should be taken once or four times daily, depending on dose prescribed by your physician. Dosage depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. In order for you not to develop any complications, your healthcare giver will start by giving you small doses so that he/she slowly increases them with time.Take it as per doctor’s advice.


Potential Side Effects of Elavil


It has its own share of side effects though many people have had success with it. Some common ones are drowsiness, dizziness, dryness in mouth, blurred vision, constipation weight gain among others.Typically, as one’s body adjusts to the medicine, these become less severe. However, severe abdominal pain, new or worsening changes in mental/mood or trouble speaking are among the ones that must be reported immediately to your doctor.


Important Safety Information


Before starting Elavil treatment, it is important to inform your doctor about the following: any past and present medical conditions such as those of mental/mood, heart diseases; liver problems and epilepsy. Since you might feel drowsy or dizzy after taking Elavil, doctors warn against driving or operating machinery until a person is certain that they can do so safely. What is more, this medication increases your skin’s sun sensitivity thus you should protect yourself from sunburns.


Interactions with Other Medications


In addition to other side effects of medications there may be interactions between them making them even worse for the patient’s health who uses them together. It is important that you tell your physician about every kind of drug that you have been ingesting whether herbal products or over-the-counter medicines.All monoamine oxidases should not be mixed with Elavil neither some antihistamines nor antidepressants nor drugs used to treat high blood pressure.




Depression and several other ailments can be treated using Elavil efficiently because it is highly potent in treating depression and other diseases. However, it is essential to use it responsibly under the guidance of a healthcare professional. You will be able to maximize on its benefits while reducing risks if you understand how it works by considering its uses, proper administration methods, existence of its common side effects and interaction with other drugs. Further directions should always come from your medical practitioner regarding tailored advice and plans for treatment.

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