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Amitriptyline

INFORMATION

Uses

Amitriptyline is used in the treatment of depression.

How it works

Amitriptyline works in depression by increasing the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that helps in regulating mood.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Tingling sensation of extremity, Numbness of extremity, Increase sensitivity (hyperesthesia), Drowsiness, Altered libido, Blurred vision, Change in appetite, Change in body weight, Confusion, Constipation, Dry mouth, Difficulty in urination, Fatigue, Headache, Increased sweating, Unsteadiness, Nightmare

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Expert advice

  • Do not consume grapefruit juice.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine.
  • Amitriptyline can make you dizzy or sleepy. So avoid driving or performing activities that require mental alertness. 
  • Avoid alcohol intake.
  • Do not take this drug if you are consuming antidepressants (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) or have been taking them within the previous two weeks.

Frequently asked questions

Amitriptyline

Q.Is amitriptyline/Tryptomer safe?
Amitriptyline is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.What is amitriptyline/Amitone 10/Amitone plus/ Tryptomer/Tryptomer plus used for?
Amitriptyline/amitone 10/amitone plus/ tryptomer/tryptomer plus is used in the treatment of depression and nocturnal bed wetting (enuresis) in children

Q.Is amitriptyline a benzodiazepine/MAOI/opioid/antibiotic/steroid?
No, Amitriptyline belongs to class of medication called as tricyclic antidepressant

Q.Is amitriptyline like Xenan (diazepam)?
No, Xenan belongs to class of medication called as benzodiazepine

Q.Is amitriptyline addictive?
No, Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take amitriptyline/tryptomer for pain/insomnia/backache/migraine/headache/anxiety?
No, it is used to treatment of depression and nocturnal bed wetting (enuresis)

Q.Can I take amitriptyline with Prozac/zopiclone/Xanan/naproxen/prednisolone/Benadryl/diazepam/trazadone/Flexeril?
Amitriptyline can interact with Prozac/Zopiclone/Xanan/diazepam/trazadone/flexeril. Please follow doctor's advice regarding its use

Q.Does amitriptyline cause hair loss/ insomnia/constipation/weight gain: loss/fever/affect memory/vomiting/increased hunger/sleepiness?
Amitriptyline causes insomnia/constipation/weight gain/vomiting/increases huger. Always consult your doctor regarding possible side effects.


Content on this page was last updated on 26 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)