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Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline Treats depression.
Brand Name(s): Elavil®, Endep®, Enovil®, Emitrip®

How To Use And Store This Medicine

Tablets: Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. This medicine may be taken on an empty or full stomach. Store at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. If you miss a dose: If more than one dose a day is taken, take the missed dose as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose. If only one dose at bedtime is taken, You should not use the missed dose in the morning. You should not use two doses at the same time.

Drugs And Foods To Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Avoid drinking alcohol.

When You Should Not Use This Medicine

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to amitriptyline or to related medicine such as Asendin®, Anafranil®, Sinequan®, maprotiline (Ludiomil®), or trazodone (Desyrel®).

Warnings

Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of heart disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, or stomach or intestinal disease. If you are receiving this drug for depression, it may take several weeks before the drug starts to work. Amitriptyline may increase or decrease blood sugar levels. This medicine may make you drowsy or dizzy. Be careful when driving or using machinery. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly - you may need to take smaller and smaller doses before completely stopping this medicine. This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.

Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:

Fast or irregular heartbeat
Fainting
Confusion, agitation, hallucinations
Skin rash or hives

If you have problems with these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor.

Drowsiness or dizziness
Dry mouth, nausea, or weight changes
Constipation or diarrhea
Trouble going to the bathroom
Loss of interest in sex or loss of ability to have sex (impotence)
Sensitivity to sunlight
Changes in vision such as trouble focusing

If you have other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.