Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant which is also called as Amitriptyline. This medicine affects the chemicals of the brain which may be unbalanced in case of people with depression. Elavil basically is used for the treatment of the symptoms of depression.
Elavil is used for the treatment of depression. By increasing levels of certain chemicals in the brain, an improvement in mood is achieved. It is used for the healing of mental/mood problems. It helps improve the mood and the feeling of well-being, relieves anxiety & tension and help one sleep better, while increasing the energy level. This medication typically belongs to tricyclic antidepressants class of drugs and works by altering the balance of some natural chemicals in the brain. This medication can also treat nerve pain (like postherpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy), eating disorder (bulimia), some other mental/mood problems (like anxiety or panic disorder) and to prevent headaches due to migraine.
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.
In case of Elavil, the following are the severe side effects which one might experience after consumption of the medication-
The following are the common side effects which one might experience after consumption of the medication:
Elavil should not be used by one, if he/she:
Elavil is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, which means how the drug will behave in case of pregnancy, is not known. Hence a doctor needs to be informed when one plans on getting pregnant or is pregnant. Elavil might pass into the breast milk and may cause some harm to the baby being nursed, and hence while breastfeeding a baby this medication needs to be avoided.
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.