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


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

Shakiness and unsteady walk
Severe muscle stiffness
Shortness of breath
Slow or slurred speech
Dry mouth

For a full list of side effects see here