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what is elavil (amitriptyline)

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Amitriptyline: It is a tricyclic tertiary antidepressant that is also used for a myriad of pain conditions.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
also helpful for insomnia
Oct 3, 2013
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
It also is helpful for insomnia.
Oct 3, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Elavil (amitriptyline): Is a Tricyclic Antidepressant, used for Major depression, Enuresis, ADHD, Headache prophylaxis, among others.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Side effect from elavil (amitriptyline)?

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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Many: In that it affects multiple neurotransmitters, it can cause many side effects. Receptors and side effect: histamine - sedation, weight gain; cholinergic - dryness, urinary retention, memory decline, ed; adrenergic - low blood pressure, tremor, rapid heart rate; serotonin - tiredness, weight gain, ed.
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Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 41 years experience
in low doses the risk of these side effects are less
Jun 21, 2013
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the effects of elavil (amitriptyline)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Elavil (amitriptyline): Is an antidepressant with sedating and drying effects, causing heart rate changes, dry mouth/eyes, constipation, depending on dose. It relieves depression, pain of neurogenic origin, headache and insomnia.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Gained 20 pounds on elavil (amitriptyline). What to do?

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Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 42 years experience
D/C it, or diet: Elavil (amitriptyline) often causes wt gain. If it could be replaced with another antidepressant, then have your md d/c it and replace it - but you'll still need to do some exercise to help lose the wt. If you can't d/c the elavil, (amitriptyline) then you have to be aggressive about wt management: watching caloric intake and doing vigorous exercise. In worst cases, sometimes an appetite suppressant is used too.
A 37-year-old female asked:

Can i take nulev and elavil (amitriptyline)?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Proceed With Caution: Using Elavil (generic amitriptyline) with nulev (generic hyoscyamine) may increase side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, heat intolerance, flushing, decreased sweating, difficulty urinating, abdominal cramping, constipation, rapid heart beats, confusion, and memory problems. The elderly are especially vulnerable to these side effects. Work closely with md.
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A 73-year-old female asked:

How to wean off 10mg of elavil (amitriptyline) ?

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Dr. William Conte
Specializes in Neurology
Ok to stop now: You are on the lowest dose of Elavil (amitriptyline) we typically prescribe. You should have no problems just stopping it at the current dosage. If you are concerned you could cut it in half for a week but I think it is ok to stop right now.

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