Q. Is there anything I need to be careful about while on therapy with Amitrip?
Amitrip may cause drowsiness and dizziness, especially in the beginning of the treatment. Do not drive or work with tools or machinery if your alertness is affected. It is not advisable to drink alcohol during treatment with this medicine as it might increase sleepiness.
Q. Can the use of Amitrip affect my sex life?
Yes, Amitrip can affect sex life in both men and women. It may cause decreased sexual desire or you may experience discomfort during intercourse. Men may experience inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual activity and may be unable to have an orgasm. If you notice these symptoms, do not stop taking the medicine but consult your doctor.
Q. I have been taking Amitrip for depression since a week and now I feel that my life has come to end and sometimes I want to harm myself. What should I do? Is it because of the medicine?
You should immediately consult your doctor or go to the hospital. Your suicidal tendencies may have increased because of the medicine or because of your disease. This is more common in people who previously had suicidal tendencies or are young adults (less than 25 years old). Amitrip takes about 2 weeks to show its effect but may take longer, however, it may differ from individual to individual. Therefore, when you start taking Amitrip, you may have thoughts about killing or harming yourself.
Q. Can Amitrip cause urinary problems?
Yes, Amitrip can cause urinary problems. It is more commonly seen in elderly patients who are more than 65 years old. The patient may develop urinary tract infection or may complain of weakness. You should consult your doctor if you develop these symptoms.
Q. If my pain is not relieved, can I take more than the recommended dose?
No, Amitrip should be strictly used only as prescribed by the doctor. If the dose exceeds, you may develop drowsiness, confusion, difficulty in speech, dry mouth, tiredness, difficulty in walking, fever, difficulty in breathing, blue discoloration of the skin and decreased heartbeat. Your pain may not be relieved because Amitrip takes about 2 weeks to show its effect, but may take longer. The time differs from individual to individual. Consult your doctor if your symptoms are not relieved.
Q. Does Amitrip cause any effect on pregnancy or the newborn?
Do not take Amitrip during pregnancy unless recommended by the doctor. If you take this medicine during the last trimester of the pregnancy, the newborn may develop symptoms such as irritability, rigidity, irregular body movements, irregular breathing, poor drinking, loud crying, difficulty in urinating and constipation.
Q. I have been prescribed Amitrip for pain. When will I start feeling better?
You may start feeling better after 2 weeks of starting Amitrip. However, it may take 4-6 weeks to see full benefits of the medicine.
Q. Can I stop taking Amitrip when my pain is relieved?
No, do not stop taking Amitrip even if the pain is relieved. Take Amitrip as per your doctor’s advice. Stopping the medicine suddenly may cause unpleasant symptoms like headache, feeling unwell, sleeplessness and irritability. Consult your doctor for duration of the treatment since the dose of Amitrip needs to be reduced gradually.