Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline

Generic Name: amitriptyline (a mee TRIP ti leen)
Brand Names: Vanatrip, Elavil, Endep

What is amitriptyline?

Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Tricyclic antidepressants increase the levels of two neurotransmitters called serotonin and norepinephrine, they also block acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter that stimulates muscles, memory and sleep it is used to treat symptoms of depression and also in low level doses can be used to treat pain

Contra-indications

You should tell your doctor if you have:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Manic-depression
  • Problems with urination
  • Glaucoma
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes – amitriptyline can raise or lower blood sugars

Do not take

You should not take amitriptyline if you:

  • Have recently had a heart attack
  • If you have used an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days.

It could be very dangerous as certain medications can interact with each other

MAO inhibitors include:

  • Isocarboxazid
  • Linezolid
  • Methylene
  • Blue injection 
  • Phenelzine 
  • Rasagiline 
  • Selegiline
  • Tranylcypromine

Side effects of taking amytriptyline

Suicidal
Shakiness and unsteady walk
Severe muscle stiffness
Restlessness
Shortness of breath
Hallucinations
Seizures
Shivering
Sleeplessness
Slow or slurred speech
Dry mouth

For a full list of side effects see here