Improves mood and relieves certain kinds of pain. Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications. Stabilizes your mood. Norpramin (desipramine) is not a first choice for treating depression because of its effects on the heart, but it can be good if other medicines haven't worked. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.48 Elavil
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More about desipramine side effects » How it works Elavil desipramine Elavil (Amitriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It may change serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulates mood and pain perception. It also has sedative effects. Norpramin (desipramine) is a tricyclic antidepressant. It increases the amount of norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals that regulate mood. Type of medication Elavil desipramine Prescription only Prescription only Available as Elavil desipramine Used for Elavil desipramine Risk factors for serious side effects Elavil desipramine › Age 24 years or younger › History of bipolar disorder › At risk for bipolar disorder › History of cardiovascular disease › Age 65 years or older Detailed Elavil (amitriptyline) risks & warnings » › People under age 24 › Tricyclic antidepressants › Fentanyl › Tramadol › Buspirone Detailed Norpramin (desipramine) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
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Pain Elavil desipramine › Low doses work well to treat certain kinds of chronic pain. It can take 2 weeks to feel the full effects of the medication. No pain related info.
Sleep Elavil desipramine › Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain. No sleep related info.
Weight Elavil desipramine › It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants. No weight related info. Upsides and benefits Elavil desipramine › Low doses work well to treat certain kinds of chronic pain. It can take 2 weeks to feel the full effects of the medication. › Low doses of Elavil (Amitriptyline) start working in 45 minutes to help you sleep better. › Six out of every ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them. › Norpramin (desipramine) is available in generic and in many different strengths, so the dose can be more customized. › Norpramin (desipramine) has fewer side effects than similar tricyclic antidepressants. Downsides and risks Elavil desipramine › When used for depression, Elavil (Amitriptyline) causes more side effects and has a higher risk of overdose than other antidepressants. It's usually used when other medications haven't worked. › It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants. › People age 65 and older have a higher risk for this medication's side effects. › Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger. › The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you. › Norpramin (desipramine) isn't recommended if you or your family has heart disease, seizures, or glaucoma. › Norpramin (desipramine) isn't a first choice for depression because it has more side effects than other antidepressants. › In some people, Norpramin (desipramine) can make you sleepy. In other people, Norpramin (desipramine) can keep you awake. › If you have diabetes, Norpramin (desipramine) can make your blood sugar go up. › Not recommended in children under 12 years of age. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Elavil desipramine › Take at bedtime to avoid some of its side effects. › Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain. › Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. › Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Norpramin (desipramine) affects you since it can make you feel sleepy. › Talk to your doctor right away if your mood suddenly darkens and you want to hurt yourself while taking Norpramin (desipramine). › If you're being switched to Norpramin (desipramine) from monoamine oxidase inhibitors, you'll need to wait 2 weeks before you can start it. › Don't stop taking Norpramin (desipramine) suddenly without talking to your doctor first. Learn more More about Elavil Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about desipramine Side effects Alternatives FDA package insert