Compare Elavil vs. maprotiline

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

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Elavil (amitriptyline)

Prescription only

Ludiomil (maprotiline)

Prescription only
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
Stabilizes your mood.

While Ludiomil (maprotiline) is part of the first choice of medicines to treat depression, it can cause drowsiness and dehydration.

Upsides
  • Elavil (amitriptyline) works well to treat nerve pain and is non-habit forming.
  • Ludiomil (maprotiline) is available in generic.
  • Ludiomil (maprotiline) doesn't cause sleep problems, unlike other medicines used to treat depression.
Downsides
  • Elavil (amitriptyline) has more bothersome side effects than other antidepressants.
  • Ludiomil (maprotiline) can make you very drowsy compared to other similar medicines.
  • Ludiomil (maprotiline) can cause weight gain, fainting, and make you feel dehydrated.
  • Stopping Ludiomil (maprotiline) suddenly without telling your doctor can be dangerous.
  • You might not notice changes in your mood until you've taken Ludiomil (maprotiline) for several weeks.
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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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Side effects
The Elavil (amitriptyline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
12possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    22%
  • Drowsiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Constipation
    6%
  • Nervousness
    6%
  • Weakness & fatigue
    4%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Vision changes
    4%
  • Anxiety
    3%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    3%
  • Trouble sleeping
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
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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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  • Higher risk of suicide
    • People under age 24
  • Possible bipolar disorder
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart attack or heart disease
  • Higher risk of infections
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