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A 33-year-old member asked:

what is amitriptyline prescribed for?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Many: This is the first antidepressant (after maos) and is used for depression, anxiety, but also pain, sleep, urinary incontinence.
Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 41 years experience
be clear it is not an MAOI. It is a tricyclic anti-depressant.
Jun 21, 2013
Dr. Austina Cho
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sadness, sleep, pain: Amitriptyline is the generic name for the antidepressant elavil (amitriptyline). It is used for depression, insomnia and some pain disorders.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

If I took 20mg of amitriptyline by mistake when my regular dose is 10mg, will I be ok?

3 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology 35 years experience
Yes: The maximum dose is much higher that 20 mg. The most common side effect of amitryptilline is drowsiness so taking a higher dose will most likely help you sleep. Some people dont notice any significant change with that small a dose.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely commented
General Practice 31 years experience
The USUAL Maxium dose of Amitriptyline is150mg/day, but 300mg/day has been used. So , 20 mg is still a 'tiny dose'=NO WORRIES
Feb 20, 2012
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Good answer. Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 20, 2012
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Very small dose, so I would expect no problems and possibly no noticeable difference.
Feb 21, 2012
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long do you have to use amitriptyline for it to start working?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
That deprnds: On why you are using it. As an antidepressant, at the right dose, 3-4 weeks. If used for sleep, potentially the first dose. If used to reduce pain, some relief should be noticed in about a week.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Which types of arrhythmias does amitriptyline cause?

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Dr. Samir Dabbous
Cardiology 45 years experience
Svt: Atrial arrhythmia.
A 32-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Was prescribed sandoz amitriptyline HCi 25mg. Is this dose correct and how long before I go to bed should I drink it?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: That is the correct starting dose (it may need to be increased in the future depending on how it is working). I usually recommend taking it about 30 min before bedtime, but some patients just take it prior to going to bed. It doesn't have to be exact unless you suffer from reflux/heartburn, then take it a little earlier before you lie down (30-60 min).

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