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.
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
- liver disease
- urinating problems
- heart disease
- schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
- history of seizures, heart stroke or attack
- 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.