Treating depression with Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is a common tricyclic antidepressant that is used to manage symptoms of depression. It works by influencing chemicals present in brain as these chemicals get unbalanced in people who are in state of depression. The generic name is Amitriptyline and the brand name is Elavil and Vanatrip.

Important Information

Avoid using this medicine if you recently suffered from a heart attack. Also avoid using Amitriptyline if you were on MAO inhibitor in last 14 day like methylene (blue injection), linezolid, isocarboxazid, rasagiline, phenelzine or tranylcypromine.

Before you start using Amitriptyline, let your doctor know if you have used an SSRI antidepressant in last 5 weeks like fluoxetine, escitalopram, citalopram, Sarafrem, fluvoxamine, sertraline and paroxetine.

You may get suicidal thoughts, when you start using an antidepressant like Amitriptyline, especially if you are below 24 years of age. Your doctor will ask you to come for regular checkups at least for the first twelve weeks of Amitriptyline treatment.

If any worsening symptoms persist, discuss with your doctor like anxiety, changes in mood or behaviour, panic attacks, feel agitated, impulsive, restless, irritable, aggressive, hostile hyperactive, more depressed or getting suicidal thoughts or hurting yourself.

Do not use Amitriptyline if you are allergic to the medicine or had a heart attack recently. To know if Amitriptyline is a safe medication for you, tell your health care provider if you have

  1. liver disease
  2. glaucoma
  3. urinating problems
  4. heart disease
  5. schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  6. history of seizures, heart stroke or attack
  7. diabetes
  8. history of psychosis or mental illness

 

Some young patients get suicidal thoughts when they start using antidepressant. His/her family members should be alert to check for mood changes or related symptoms. The patient should be checked regularly by his/her physician.

Use Amitriptyline as directed by the physician. Also read the directions on the label and follow them carefully. Do not use the medication for a longer period or take high doses. Do not stop using Amitriptyline suddenly without consulting your doctor as it can lead to unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Speak to your doctor to know how to stop Amitriptyline consumption safely.

Store the medicine at room temperature away from light, heat and moisture.

Is Amitriptyline an Addictive Antidepressant?

Amitriptyline is not at all addictive, but when you stop taking it, it should be done slowly over 2-3 weeks to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms like malaise and headache. Some reports say that using Amitriptyline in large doses can result in hallucinations or high in some people.

If a person is trying to get high through Amitriptyline, it can be dangerous and result in life threatening effects or overdose.

Keep this drug away from teenagers and children or anyone who is trying to use Amitriptyline without prescription.

Amitriptyline should not be taken for a longer period as you may face serious side effects. Avoid taking in excess as it can lead to severe effects that can be fatal too. If you want to stop using Amitriptyline, speak to your doctor before you stop using Amitriptyline completely.

Side effects that can bother you while using Amitriptyline

In addition to the desired effects, some unwanted side effects occur as a result of Amitriptyline consumption. These side effects can be mild which do not need medical attention and go with time, but some other side effects can bother you while you are using Amitriptyline. You should contact your doctor if the side effects continue to exist for a long period or bother you.

Major Side effects

Occurrence not known

  • agitation
  • bleeding gums
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • tarry, black stools
  • stomach or abdominal pain
  • confusion
  • discomfort or chest pain
  • change in rhythms and pattern of speech
  • numbness, prickling, crawling, itching or tingling feelings
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • pale, cool skin
  • hoarseness or cough
  • breathing problems
  • speech problem
  • drooling
  • dry mouth
  • excitement
  • difficulty in concentrating
  • decreased volume of urine
  • double vision
  • fainting
  • nervousness or fear
  • dry, flushed skin
  • fever without or with chills
  • hearing loss
  • headache
  • hostility
  • inability to move facial, legs, arms muscles
  • increased sweating
  • increased hunger
  • lethargy
  • appetite loss
  • lip puckering or smacking
  • overactive reflexes
  • vomiting and nausea
  • poor coordination
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • fast weight gain
  • shivering
  • shuffling walk
  • unsteady or shaky walk
  • slow speech
  • stupor
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • swollen glands

Symptoms of overdose that need immediate medical help are

  • muscle aches
  • drowsiness
  • sleepiness
  • feeble pulse
  • tiredness
  • feeble or weak pulse
  • reduced body temperature
  • muscle weakness
  • clumsiness

Minor Side effects

Some minor side effects will not bother you and will vanish with time. Once your body gets used to the medication, the minor side effects disappear. If you still notice that some side effects lasts for a longer period, contact your doctor immediately.

Occurrence not known

  • welts or hives
  • hair thinning or hair loss
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • black tongue
  • enlarged, bigger and dilated pupils
  • decreased interest in intercourse(sex)
  • change in taste sense
  • skin rash
  • severe sunburn
  • discoloration or redness of skin
  • swollen breast and breast soreness (in males)
  • swollen parotid glands
  • inflammation or swelling of mouth
  • excess flow of milk from breasts
  • inability to have erection or keep erection
  • loss in sexual desire, ability, performance or drive

The above side effects can be severe and if you notice any unusual symptoms ask for medical help immediately as timely medical attention can help you avoid fatal complications. Consult your doctor before you stop taking the medication as there are many withdrawal symptoms and side effects that occur after you stop the medication. Your doctor will lower the dose of Amitriptyline gradually and you can stop taking medicine accordingly. Withdrawal symptoms are life threatening too so seek your doctor’s advice before taking any decision.

Possible Drug Interactions – Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is an active ingredient present in different types of antidepressants, which is prescribed in case of chronic lower back pain. The Amitriptyline dose is quite low as compared to the dose recommended for depression. If you are using other medications apart from Amitriptyline, you should speak to your doctor in detail with the prescription. There are more than 2000 drugs that can interact with Amitriptyline resulting in mild to severe side effects.

The list given below can help you talk to your doctor in detail about medications you are taking.

  1. Tell your doctor if you consume alcohol. Alcohol when taken with Amitriptyline can result in side effects like blurred vision, confusion, seizures, irregular heartbeats, drowsiness, vomiting etc.,
  2. Also do not hide anything from your doctor even if you are using illegal drug as Amitriptyline interacts with illegal drugs and can harm your health.
  3. Also let your doctor know if you have used an MAO inhibitor as MAO inhibitors are not recommended to be taken with Amitriptyline.
  4. Discuss about any other drugs that you have stopped using now.
  5. Other things that you should not forget to discuss with your doctor is to tell your doctor if you are taking antacids, sleeping pills, birth control pills, grapefruit or juice, antihistamines or other medications for weight loss, flu or cold medications, appetite suppressants etc.,

Drug Interactions responsible for Increasing Amitriptyline Blood levels

Some interactions between some other drugs and Amitriptyline can increase the level of Amitriptyline in your blood resulting in additional side effects. Here is the list of drugs that can interact with Amitriptyline

  1. Drugs used for an irregular heartbeat or any other heart medications.
  2. blood thinners like Warfarin
  3. chemotherapy drugs like procarbazine and imatinib
  4. Parkinson’s drugs like levodopa
  5. diarrhoea medication like diphenoxylate
  6. some antibiotics
  7. thyroid hormones like levothyroxine
  8. SSRI medications
  9. seizure and epilepsy medications
  10. drugs used to treat HIV – delavirdine
  11. bromocriptine
  12. cimetidine – ulcer/heartburn medication
  13. Phenobarbital or atropine
  14. disulfiram – a drug used to help people quit drinking

 

Anticholinergic agents and Amitriptyline

When Amitriptyline is taken with Anticholinergic agents or other sympathomimetic drugs like epinephrine with local anaesthetics need careful dose adjustment as needed and close monitoring.

Hyperpyrexia is noticed in case anticholinergic agents and Amitriptyline are combined together or combined with neuroleptic drugs especially in hot weather.

Paralytic ileus is also reported in patients taking Amitriptyline and anticholinergic agents together.

Some common drugs that interact with Amitriptyline and lead to major side effects are

  • Fluxoetine
  • Tramadol
  • Sertraline
  • Duloxetine
  • Citalopram
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Trazodone
  • Topamax

Speak to your doctor before you start using Amitriptyline as if you are using any other drugs currently, you should discuss the list of prescription or non prescription drugs with your doctor to avoid the harmful side effects of drug interactions. As stated above there are around 2000 drugs that interact with Amitriptyline and your doctor is the right person to tell you the risks/benefits of using Amitriptyline.

Can I take Amitriptyline during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Well, the answer to this question is ideally no because the safety of using Amitriptyline during breastfeeding or pregnancy is still not been completely established. The reality is that depression can occur in women during pregnancy and women using antidepressants can also become pregnant.

Amitriptyline and Pregnancy

Amitriptyline is sometimes used during pregnancy, provided the doctor has calculated the risks/benefits of this drug when compared with other treatments or stopping treatment. Amitriptyline is believed to have harmful effects on your baby during first and third trimester of your pregnancy. Symptoms that match the withdrawal symptoms and side effects of Amitriptyline were seen in new born whose mothers used Amitriptyline in third trimester of their pregnancy.

It is always better to consult your doctor before taking Amitriptyline during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and plan to stop using Amitriptyline, speak to your doctor to know how you can stop taking the drug safely instead of stopping suddenly.

If you have taken Amitriptyline during pregnancy, make sure your doctor knows about it. You can talk to your doctor and tell him that you need the medicine. He can advice the lowest dose that works well for you accordingly.

There is still no evidence available to prove that using Amitriptyline during pregnancy is harmful or lead to birth defects, but looking at the side effects of Amitriptyline and developmental stages of baby during third trimester of pregnancy, Amitriptyline is not recommended.

Amitriptyline and breastfeeding

Amitriptyline is secreted in breast milk in small amounts and can affect your baby. You should consult your paediatrician if you are planning to breastfeed your baby while using Amitriptyline. There are some important factors that need to be considered for example whether premature delivery took place. In some cases it is safe to use Amitriptyline during breastfeeding provided the baby is monitored closely for possible side effects.

Amitriptyline use during breastfeeding shows no adverse effects in infants, especially in infants above 2 months old. Effect of Amitriptyline on infants is still not known. It is always better to consult your doctor before you take any decision.

Some women looking at the adverse effect of tricyclic antidepressants either discontinue breastfeeding or discontinue use of Amitriptyline. Some mothers experience depression post delivery and when it becomes difficult to manage depression through other medications, they opt for Amitriptyline. If you feel it is necessary for you to take antidepressants to manage depression, then ask your doctor if it is suitable for you and your baby while breastfeeding.

Sometimes doctors recommend you to take Amitriptyline in low doses while breastfeeding to manage the symptoms of depression. Make sure you monitor your baby’s health closely if you are breastfeeding, and if you find any unusual symptoms in your baby, contact your paediatrician immediately so that you can avoid further complications.

In general any drug can affect your health and your baby’s health in some or the other way and if you could manage the symptoms of depression through alternative treatment methods, you can easily continue with medications and breastfeeding.

Amitriptyline – General Dosage to treat depression

Amitriptyline is used to manage symptoms of depression. It can prove to be an effective antidepressant if taken in right dosages and as per your doctor’s directions. Let us have a look at general dosage information of Amitriptyline used to symptoms of depression.

For Depression- Normal Adult Dose

Normal dose

75 mg to be taken orally in split doses. This can go up to maximum dose of 150mg/day if required.

Alternate dose

40-100mg to be taken orally as a single dose while going to bed, this can be increased from 25-50mg as required at bedtime to a maximum dose of 150mg/day.

Maximum dose

150 mg to be taken orally per day

Inpatients

Initial dose

75 mg/day- taken orally

Maintenance dose

40-100mg to be taken orally as a single dose while going to bed

Maximum dose

300mg to be taken orally per day

Note: Dosage needs to be reduced to lowest possible amount that can help manage relief of depression symptoms, when satisfactory results are attained.

Increment in dosage should be made late in the afternoon or during bedtime because of its sedative effect.

The complete healing effect can take minimum 30 days to progress.

Maintenance therapy should be carried out for three months or more to reduce the possibility of failure.

Normal Geriatric dose – depression

10mg to be taken orally –thrice a day with 20mg while going to bed

Note: The complete healing effect can take minimum 30 days to progress. Elderly patients need to be monitored very carefully. Dose adjustments can be made as per the clinical response.

Normal paediatric dose – depression

12 years and above

10mg – to be taken orally thrice a day with 20mg while going to bed

Amitriptyline – Overdose treatment

Deaths can occur from Amitriptyline over dosage. Some of the overdose symptoms are as follows

  1. Lungs and Airways- laboured or slow breathing
  2. Kidneys and Bladder- Unable to urinate, weak urine flow
  3.  blurred vision
  4. dry mouth
  5. irregular heart beat
  6. shock

In case of overdose, call nearest poison control centre immediately. In an emergency room, the patient can be treated with

  1. activated charcoal
  2. urine and blood tests
  3. Laxative
  4. Chest X-ray
  5. EKG
  6. Fluids via vein
  7. Gastric lavage
  8. medicine known as antidote to reduce the effects of poison and treat related symptoms

Amitriptyline overdose can be quite serious. People who consume this drug in excess need immediate hospitalization.

How well a person responds to the overdose treatment depends on the amount of drug swallowed and how soon a person receives treatment. There are better chances of speedy recovery if the person gets immediate medical help. Complications like pneumonia, brain damage due to lack of oxygen, muscle damage and even death can occur.

The first thing that should be done in case of an overdose is to call poison control centre or medical help. The patient should get immediate treatment so that the poison is flushed out from the body soon before its effects are accelerated.

Facts about Amitriptyline that you need to know

Well, every anti-depressant has its own side effects and benefits that you get by consuming anti-depressants. There are also some misconceptions about anti-depressants like Amitriptyline. Let us understand some facts that can help you understand your drug Amitriptyline better.

Alcohol and Amitriptyline

If you consume Amitriptyline and alcohol, it can make you feel very sleepy. It can also lead to risk if there is an overdose of the drug. It will hinder your alertness while doing things like driving. Remember that consuming alcohol can make sleepy and reaching home safely can be difficult. It is better to avoid driving or operating machinery even on the same day you consumed a drink.

Stop driving a bike or car after you start using Amitriptyline

You can lose your focus after taking Amitriptyline and face blurred eyesight. This can affect you directly if you are riding a bike or driving a car or engage yourself in any other activity that needs focus. It is better to avoid doing such things after starting with Amitriptyline to a few days after you get to know how the drug is affecting you.

Avoid starting with Amitriptyline just before you appear for your exams

Amitriptyline affects the concentration; makes you feel tired, dizzy and gives you blurred eyesight. If you are starting with Amitriptyline, before appearing for any exam, you must discuss with your physician. In case you are taking Amitriptyline a month before your exams, you can get a better idea about the affect of drug and you can take it to get proper sleep and motivation to study.

Amitriptyline and weight

The side effect of Amitriptyline can be either weight gain or weight loss. It is difficult to say how it is going to affect each individual who is consuming it. You can discuss with your doctor about it.

Amitriptyline is not banned in Sports

The substance is not banned in sports. The only thing you need to care about its effects that disturb your concentration leaves you tired, sleepy and gives you blurred eyesight. Make sure you do not take Amitriptyline before playing sports that needs concentration. There are many people who take Amitriptyline while engaging themselves in sports too.

Sex life and Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline can affect your sex life too and some side effects are breast growth in women and men, flow of milk from breasts, for men there can be a problem in erection and they often get swollen testicles, lose interest in having sex. The effects should vanish after a few weeks, and if they don’t then consult your health care provider.

Smoking and Amitriptyline

Cigarette smoking can also affect Amitriptyline amount in the body. If you are in habit of smoking then you will need higher dose of the drug and for this you need to consult your doctor to prescribe the right dose of Amitriptyline for you. If you decide to stop smoking, then again you need a reduced dose of Amitriptyline, so the doctor can guide you the right way.

Weight gain caused by taking Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is among the most popular medicine available in the market, which is used for treating anxiety disorders, migraine headaches and depression. One of the side effects that people notices by taking Amitriptyline is weight gain.

Weight gain with Amitriptyline

Some studies show that fifty percent of people who discontinue taking the TCA treatment are because of excessive weight gain and that’s why people take Amitriptyline, as they think it helps them balance their depression and might not increase their weight. Well gaining weight reduces the effect of antidepressants as weight gain leads to depression because of the body’s improper shape.

How Amitriptyline leads to weight gain

There is a series of research conducted with Amitriptyline to find out how the medication can lead to weight gain. The research says the drug can change hormone levels in your body, which increase the craving for carbohydrates and sweets resulting in increased appetite. If you experience weight gain while taking this medication, some reasons stated below can help you understand the reason for weight gain.

  • Increase in Appetite

Some studies have found out that Amitriptyline can be given to those who suffer from eating disorders for example anorexia to enhance their appetite. If you are taking this drug and feel that your hunger has increased than normal days, then this could be due to consumption of this drug that is increasing your appetite.

  • Craving carbohydrates

Multiple studies have shown that people taking Amitriptyline experience increased craving for carbohydrates and sweets. We are aware of the fact that carbohydrates can cause weight gain if taken in excess or not used properly. The cravings evolve indirectly from the effect of Amitriptyline increasing the levels of serotonin a neurotransmitter directly connected to carbohydrates.

  • Reduction of depression

Some people under depression tend to eat very less than required, which leads to weight loss. People suffering from depression treat this drug as medication to reduce depression but soon realize that they need to get back to normal eating. This helps the person gain weight that he/she might have reduced while in depressed state.

  • Storage of Fats

When taking some antidepressants the body stores the fats in a different manner as compared to when the person had homeostatic functioning. This is because of the fact that medications change the normal functions of metabolism and hormones as well. When there is a change in hormone levels, some people tend to store extra fats easily.

  • Hormone levels

Another major change that people see while taking Amitriptyline is change is hormone levels especially levels of leptin. Leptin is responsible for regulating hunger and appetite. So increase in leptin levels leads to increase in hunger and we tend to eat more.

  • Sedation

This is a side effect which is quite common among people who take Amitriptyline. It makes people feel tired, fatigue and sleepy while they are taking the medicine. When you feel tired you tend to sleep more and exercise less, which results in accumulation of calories and slow metabolism.

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HCL MiLeap X Series Hcl Laptops

HCL is a well reputed brand of computers and laptops. It offers wide range of laptops. Most of its products are designed to fulfill the work and budget requirements of Indian consumers. With HCL MiLeap X Series, HCL has further enriched its portfolio. The MiLeap X-Series is very popular among the ordinary consumers for its versatile features and reasonable prices. The X-series is a special attraction for the students and women due to its stylish looks and trendy design.

These laptops are called as “Leaptops” by the company as they are said to be a leap ahead of earlier introduced laptops from HCL. All the laptops belonging to this category are regarded as the ultra-portable due to their light and compact structure. These laptops feature only a 7-inch WXGA display screen. However, compact size of the screen does not, in any way, hamper your work.

These MiLeap X-series is powered buy the Intel Celeron M processor 353 with 512 KB L2 Cache and upto 400 MHz Front Side Bus featuring Mobile Intel 915GMS Express Chipset Motherboard, 512-MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM. It features a 2-GB flash storage, integrated Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Connection, option for hard drive and a 4-in-1 Media Card recorder. Though you can insert a 2.5 inch hard drive, but at an extra cost.

As this laptop is designed to suit the Indian environments, there is a shock-proof, dust-proof and durable design. Due to its lightweight and compact design, you can carry it easily anywhere; at home, in office, in bus, in aero plane, gym or virtually anywhere where working on a larger laptop is not a convenient option. It is very lightweight at its 1.4Kg.

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The HCL X-Series is also said as the HCL Nano. Though there are excellent functional features, it lacks some latest features such as built-in Bluetooth, integrated Webcam and integrated optical drive.

As this HCL Laptop comes with preinstalled Linux OS which offers limited functionality, you can upgrade it to MMS Windows XP by having extra RAM and bootable internal drive. However, all this comes at an extra cost.

Like HCL MiLeap X-series, other two laptop series are HCL MiLeap V Series and HCL MiLeap Y Series. You can know more about these HCL laptops by visiting any reputed online retail store.

Operation of Advanced Meter Infrastructure Systems

You would come across references to AMI or an Advanced Meter Infrastructure system quite often these days. Such a system comprises a smart meter that is installed at the premises of the consumer, a meter data management application or an MDMA and a communications network between the utility service and the smart meter. The smart meter is equipped to transmit price signals to the control centre within the residential premises. The smart meter is equipped to record and store the data based on hourly consumption, to provide a report of the power supply status and to switch off the power supply of the entire home.

A record of the prices and the control signals are transmitted to the smart meter via the communications network that comes with the system. It is also equipped to send relevant information about the hourly electricity consumptions and facts such as whether particular appliances are in use and whether there is continuous power supply to the home. The meter reading systems that have been in use so far are not equipped with this kind of functionality. On the contrary, meter readings are collected once every month.

The popularity of the advanced meter infrastructure system can be attributed to the fact that the utilities benefit to a great extent from investments in such a system, especially when it comes to the distribution systems. The labour costs are substantially reduced as there is no need to employ staff for reading meters. The recruitment is centred on employing people for devising and creating such meters and their installation. Most of the advanced meter infrastructure jobs can be found in this field.

The utilities are taking to the AMI to enable customers to cut down on their electricity use considerably, especially during peak hours of the day. It makes the customer more conscious about their energy requirements and the extent to which they need to curb their usage.

Various applications of the AMI technology are currently been planned and developed and are awaiting deployment from the utilities side. The distribution network has been enabled by the introduction of a smart grid. Smart grid plans abound for the utilities. These include efforts towards grid automation, electric vehicle preparation, integration of energy sourced from renewable sources and system optimisation. Initiatives have also been taken to develop new ways of increasing energy efficiency and to make use of clean and environment friendly sources of energy.

All these tasks are carried out by professionals who have a sound technical background and extensive knowledge about such advanced meters. Thus it comes across as no surprise that AMI jobs demand experienced people. However , this does not imply that there is not much scope for people who are just starting out with their careers.

It is also necessary to educate the customer on this front as they are not familiar with the functional aspect of the system. Without this there would obviously be a lack of acceptance when it comes to adopting this new system. Lack of knowledge may end up becoming a hindrance to its popularity.