Common side effects of Elavil (Amitriptyline)
Other drug related Hubs
- Best insomnia drugs
Common drugs that are prescribed for insomnia are Lormetazepam Loramet),Oxazepam (Serax ), Zaleplon (Sonata ),Zopiclone (Imovane),Melatonin, Ramelteon. However, natural methods produces more natural sleep.
- Use, actions and side effects of Fluoxetine (Prozac,...
Fluoxetine is a SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class medication. It is mainly prescribed for clinical depression, anxiety disorders and OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorders). Prozac is...
- How sudden migraine attacks are treated
Migraine is the second most common cause of all headaches. It affects around 15% of women and 6% men (Harrison 17th). It usually occurs episodically and sudden attack is characterized by throbbing and...
- Side effects of Histop (Chlorpheniramine)
This is the popular name for an over the counter generic drug Chlorpheniramine. This medicine is a first generation antihistamine. It is used for symptomatic relief of allergies such as colds, cough, allergy,...
- Side effects of Promethazine (Phenergan)
This is a common over the counter medication used for vomiting, allergic reactions, motion sickness and to induce sleep. It is a first generation antihistamine with some unpleasant side effects. However, side...
Elavil is a TCA class antidepressant. Its generic name is amitriptyline. Elavil is used for moderate to severe depression and to treat pain due to problems with the nerves (neuropathic pain). The most common side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, urinary retention and dry mouth.
Operation of machinery and motor vehicle driving can be dangerous with these side effects. Other side effects may be divided into cardiac, endocrine (hormonal imbalance), and neurological.
Side effects affecting the heart
Heart rhythm disturbances are common. These include increased heart rate, heart block and several other rhythm abnormalities. They are usually common in elderly patients.
Sometimes, these anomalies can cause low blood pressure and dizziness, especially when they get up from bed (postural hypotension). The doctor usually takes an ECG before prescribing Elavil, it is to make sure you do not have a heart anomaly.
Side effects affecting nerves
These are also common in older patients. Anxiety, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and tingling in the hands are the most important side effects.
Some patients complain of psychiatric problems, such as hallucinations, delusions, mania, and hypo mania (a milder form of mania). Also, rarely, patients may develop seizures. Tremor similar to Parkinson's disease may develop in a small number of patients.
Endocrine side effects
Few patients complain of breast enlargement, abnormal secretion of breast milk, even in men. Usually, these side effects occur after prolonged use of the drug. Some patients may complain or even stop the medication without consulting a doctor due to sexual problems that are caused by Elavil.
Weight gain and increased appetite is another common side effect. But rarely some patients complain of weight loss and appetite.
What are the contraindications and cautions?
Doctors take extra precautions when prescribing Elavil to patients with heart disease, hyperthyroidism, epilepsy and liver failure. Since the neurotransmitter acetylcholine blocks Elavil, patients with BPH (enlarged prostate), chronic constipation and increased intraocular pressure (increased eye pressure) should discuss their medical history with the prescriber.
Patients with psychosis, bipolar disorder may find their condition worsened, with Elavil. Patients with bipolar disorder may be manic with the Elavil.
Doctors do not use Elavil in the immediate recovery phase of acute myocardial infarction and during the manic phase of bipolar disorder, acute porphyria and severe liver disease. However, most side effects should become tolerable after some time.
The irritability of the newborn may occur if taken during the last three months of pregnancy.
The amount secreted in breast milk is too low, but drug manufacturer advises not use it during breast feeding.
Elavil is an antidepressant medication. It has some side effects. The most common are fatigue, faintishness, dry mouth and urinary retention.
BNF 59th edition
Other psychiatry medication related articles
Even though the author of this article is a Medical doctor, contents of this article are for information only. You should always consult your doctor, before starting or stopping Elavil. In addition, medical information can change over time.
- How Elavil (Amitriptyline) cause Weight gain
Elavil is medication in tricyclic antidepressant family. Its generic name is Amitriptyline. It is prescribed for depression, nocturnal enuresis in children and neuropathic pain. However, it can cause many...
- Pros and Cons of Using Elavil or Amitriptyline for Sleep Problems
Elavil or amitriptyline is a drug prescribed for depression, nocturnal enuresis and nerve pains. However, since it causes drowsiness some take it to help sleep better.