Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant which is also called as Amitriptyline.
Elavil is used for the treatment of depression. By increasing levels of certain chemicals in the brain, an improvement in mood is achieved.
Elavil comes in tablet form to be taken orally. The usual dosage is between one and four times a day. Elavil does not have to be taken with food. Patients generally report an improvement after taking Elavil regularly for two weeks. Do not stop taking Elavil without your doctor’s permission even if you are feeling better. Patients who have been using Elavil for a lengthy period will need the dosage reduced gradually before they are able to stop. Never increase or decrease the dosage without consulting a doctor.
If a dose is missed, it can be taken as soon as you remember, as long as it does not clash with the next scheduled dose. In this case, rather skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose.
While using Elavil, be careful when driving, operating machinery or doing other potentially dangerous activities. Avoid such activities if you experience dizziness or drowsiness and consult your doctor if the symptoms persist or worsen. When alcohol is taken simultaneously with Elavil it can increase dizziness and/or drowsiness.
Patients with the following conditions may not be able to use Elavil, or will require a lower dosage: liver or kidney disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, stomach and/or intestinal problems, heart disease, heart attack, difficulty in urinating, prostrate problems or glaucoma. Elavil should not be used by pregnant women. If a woman falls pregnant while using Elavil, her doctor should immediately be notified. Speak to your doctor about breastfeeding while using Elavil. Elderly patients are likely to be more sensitive to the side-effects of Elavil and may therefore require a lower dosage.
Trade brand and generic names of Amitriptyline: Adepril, ADT, Amilavil, Amilit-IFI, Amineurin, Amineurin Retard, Amitec, Amitid, Amitor, Amitril, Amitrip, Amitriptylin, Amitrol, Amoten, Amyline, Amypres, Amytril, Amyzol, Anapsique, Apo-Amitriptyline, Bio-Amitriptyline, Crypton, Deprelio, Dom-Amitriptyline, Domical, Elatrol, Elatrolet, Elavil, Eliwel, Endep, Enovil, Euplit, Laroxil, Laroxyl, Lentizol, Levate, Maxivalet, Noriline, Novoprotect, Novoprotect Retard, Novotriptyn, Novo-Triptyn, PMS-Amitriptyline, Polytanol, Protanol, Qualitriptine, Redomex, Saroten, Saroten Retard, Sarotena, Sarotex, Stelminal, Sylvemid, Syneudon, Teperin, Trepiline, Tripsol, Tripta, Triptizol, Triptric, Triptyl, Triptyline, Tripzol, Tryptacare, Tryptal, Tryptanol, Tryptine, Tryptizol, Tryptomer, Typlin, Typlin OD, Uxen, Vero-Amitriptyline.