Elavil

(amitriptyline)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 134 reviewsforElavil
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Improves mood.

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

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Quick facts about Elavil
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (amitriptyline)

Upsides

  • Elavil (amitriptyline) works well to treat nerve pain and is non-habit forming.
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People’s experience with Elavil

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Downsides

  • Elavil (amitriptyline) has more bothersome side effects than other antidepressants.
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How it works

Elavil (amitriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA), which works on parts of your brain responsible for mood and the perception of pain.

Quick facts about Elavil
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (amitriptyline)

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People’s experience with Elavil

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What to expect when you take Elavil (amitriptyline) for Depression

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  • Sleepiness
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight gain
  • Dizziness
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Risks and Warnings for Elavil (amitriptyline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 24 years or younger

    Elavil (amitriptyline) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, especially if you're under 24. Talk to your doctor or get emergency help right away if your mood starts to worsen or you have any unusual changes in mood or behavior. This can happen when you first start the medication or when your dose increases. Elavil (amitriptyline) is not approved for use by children younger than age 18.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Elavil (amitriptyline)

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Sleep
  • Take at bedtime if it makes you drowsy.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Elavilon 8/10/2017Take it at night, sleepiness and dizziness may be easier to handle. Remember there is no magic pill to fix our problems.
    55
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Depression
Weight
  • Not worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Elavilon 8/4/2017Took this for trouble sleeping and it does help, but also gained weight and caused urinary issues. Did not help with mood issues for me either. Made me very irritable.
    31
    Woman
    A month or so
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Elavilon 4/23/2017The only side effects for me are some loss of memory, and some heart palpitation. A slight weight gain which I am trying to fight it by eating healthy and smaller portions.
    74
    Woman
    Depression
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Elavilon 2/14/2017If you have other choices TAKE THEM! I've been on this for 17 years it's destroyed my body it's given me stomach ulcers 2 heart conditions dry mouth weigh gain nightmares night sweats excessive sweating ringing ears hair loss and now I can't get off of it bc my body is so dependent on it for sleep, please don't take this med For prolonged use if you have any other options
    33
    Woman
    Depression