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Amitriptyline (Generic Elavil, Endep)
Amitriptyline is a prescription medicine that is predominantly used to treat the symptoms of depression and works on the central nervous system which increases the levels of specific chemicals in the brain.
This medicine is known as a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) which is an older type of antidepressant, and is not traditionally recommended as the first port of call to treat depression because of the dangers if an overdose occurs, and can also cause more unpleasant side effects in comparison to traditional antidepressants Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs).
What is Amitriptyline Prescribed For?
Amitriptyline is predominately used to treat the symptoms of depression and works by increasing the amount of the essential substances in the brain that is vital to maintaining a mental balance.
Amitriptyline is also used in a number of other ailments, including the prevention of migraine headaches, postherpetic neuralgia (the pains or aches that could occur for a number of months or years after a shingles infection), and can also be used in the treatment of eating disorders as it reduces the desire to binge eat.
How Does Amitriptyline Work?
Amitriptyline is thought to work by increasing the levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that carries messages between nerve cells in the brain and the body, which plays a key role in a number of body functions such as mood, digestion, bone health, and sleep.
It can also change the way your nerves receive pain signals, which can alleviate symptoms if being taken for conditions like migraines or postherpetic neuralgia.
What Are The Side Effects of Amitriptyline?
It’s recommended not to use amitriptyline if you have either had a heart attack recently or have used an MAO inhibitor antidepressant in the last 14 days or have had an SSRI antidepressant in the last 5 weeks. It’s also important to speak to your doctor if you’ve had any of the following:
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Mental illness, psychosis, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia
There are a number of potential side effects of amitriptyline, including the following:
- Allergic reactions, such as swelling of the face, throat, tongue, or lips, difficulty breathing, or hives
- Unusual behavior or thoughts
- Confusion or hallucinations
- Unusual bleeding or you are easy to bruise
- Feeling light-headed
- Pressure, especially in the chest or pressure that spreads to your shoulder or jaw
- Difficulty urinating
Some other common side effects of amitriptyline include:
- Breast swelling in (women or men)
- Decreased sex drive
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Pain in the mouth
- Nausea, upset stomach, or vomiting
For more detailed information about Amitriptyline, you can refer to the following sources:
- Amitriptyline, MedlinePlus.
- Amitriptyline, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- Amitriptyline, Drugs.com
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get Amitriptyline over-the-counter (OTC)?
Amitriptyline is a medication that can only be prescribed by a medical professional. At DrHouse, we offer a wide variety of medication prescriptions online that might be helpful in treating symptoms of depression, migraines, or postherpetic neuralgia.
How do I get a prescription for Amitriptyline?
The best approach to getting an amitriptyline prescription online is to consult a medical professional like DrHouse to fully assess your symptoms and ascertain if amitriptyline is the best solution for you.
Can you get an Amitriptyline prescription online?
You can get an amitriptyline prescription online. Licensed medical professionals can prescribe amitriptyline online after appropriate medical evaluations. You can speak with one of our online medical professionals to learn more about amitriptyline.
How do I get an online prescription for amitriptyline?
To get an online prescription for amitriptyline you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
How to use Amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline comes in tablet form to be taken by mouth and is usually taken between one and four times every day. When prescribed amitriptyline you should follow the directions on the label carefully. It is recommended to take amitriptyline at around the same time every day.
A typical dosage for symptoms of depression can vary. An initial dose could be 75 mg per day in divided doses and increased up to a maximum of 150 mg a day. A maintenance dose may be prescribed at 40 mg to 100 mg per day.
It is recommended that the dose should be taken in the late afternoon or at bedtime because of the sedative effects, and may take up to 30 days to deliver the full therapeutic effect.
What is DrHouse's prescription refill policy?
Our clinicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription for any previously prescribed medications, that are not classified as controlled substances. They use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year.
What other medications are available for treating depression?
Alternatives to Amitriptyline for treating depression include:
- Fluoxetine (Generic Prozac)
- Sertraline (Generic Zoloft)
- Paroxetine (Generic Paxil, Pexeva)
- Citalopram (Generic Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Generic Lexapro)
- Venlafaxine (Generic Effexor XR)
- Desvenlafaxine (Generic Pristiq)
- Duloxetine (Generic Cymbalta)
- Bupropion (Generic Wellbutrin, Zyban)
- Mirtazapine (Generic Remeron)
What other medication can be used to treat migraines?
Other medications used to treat migraines include:
- Sumatriptan (Generic Imitrex)
- Rizatriptan (Generic Maxalt)
- Zolmitriptan (Generic Zomig)
- Eletriptan (Generic Relpax)
- Naratriptan (Generic Amerge)
- Almotriptan (Generic Axert)
- Frovatriptan (Generic Frova)
- Propranolol (Generic Inderal)
- Topiramate (Generic Topamax)
- Divalproex Sodium (Generic Depakote)
- Metoprolol (Generic Lopressor)
- Erenumab (Generic Aimovig)