Compare Elavil vs. Silenor
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Doxepin is a non-addictive way to help people stay asleep, but it comes with a list of side effects.
- 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.
- In a clinical trial Doxepin was able to significantly improve sleep quality.
- Doxepin helps improve your appetite, energy level, and sense of well-being, which increases your interests.
- Once your body gets used to Doxepin, most of the side effects go away.
- Doxepin comes in a generic form, so it is pretty cheap.
- Doxepin is not addictive.
- 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.
- Some people taking Doxepin walk, drive, eat, and have sex while sleeping. Be sure to tell your doctor if this happens to you.
- Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.
- Taking Doxepin can make emptying your bladder difficult.
- Some people have suicidal thoughts when taking Doxepin.
- Doxepin can interact with many different medications, vitamins, and alternative treatments.
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History of cardiovascular disease
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Age 65 years or older
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Age 65 years or older