Compare Elavil vs. lidocaine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Improves mood.

Elavil (amitriptyline) regulates mood and treats nerve pain, but has more side effects than alternatives.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 134 reviewsforElavil
Treats nerve pain.

Lidoderm (lidocaine) works well to treat nerve pain that is localized to a small area, but its topical application may cause minor skin irritation.

4.2/ 5 average rating with 18 reviewsforlidocaine
Upsides
  • Elavil (amitriptyline) works well to treat nerve pain and is non-habit forming.
  • Minimal side-effects compared to other pain relievers since it works locally at the site of application.
  • Won't hurt your kidneys or liver unlike other pain relievers.
  • Available in many different topical formulations to fit your needs.
Downsides
  • Elavil (amitriptyline) has more bothersome side effects than other antidepressants.
  • Application may cause minor stinging or burning skin irritation.
  • Used patches requires proper medication disposal since it still contain enough medicine to be dangerous to children and pets.
  • Not a good choice if you've had allergic reactions to numbing medications (local anesthetics) or have a history of irregular heartbeats.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Ointment
  • Jelly
  • Spray
  • Patch
  • Lotion
  • Topical solution
Price
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Reviews
134 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
36%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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18 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
72%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Elavil (amitriptyline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Lidoderm (lidocaine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 years or younger
  • Mania
    • History of bipolar disorder
    • At risk for bipolar disorder
  • Heart problems
    • History of cardiovascular disease
  • Dizziness and falls
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Taking medicines to control blood pressure
  • Dehydration
    • Age 65 years or older
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  • Overdose
    • Use of heating pad on skin
    • Applying patch to red, irritated or broken skin
    • Leaving patch on for more than 12 hours
    • Using patch on a very large area
    • Older age
    • Smaller patients
    • Liver disease
  • Accidental poisoning
    • Not disposing of Lidoderm (lidocaine) correctly
  • Eye irritation
    • Not washing hands after touching or applying Lidoderm (lidocaine)
  • Skin reactions
    • Applying Lidoderm (lidocaine) to warm skin
    • Covering patch with wrap or heating pad
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Using Lidoderm (lidocaine) with medications to treat irregular heartbeat
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