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    What is Amitriptyline used for?

    Amitriptyline is used to treat mental/mood disorders such as depression. It is in a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. This medicine relieves anxiety and tension, increases your energy level, and so on. It works by affecting the balance of certain natural chemicals such as serotonin in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Amitriptyline?

    The dosage of Amitriptyline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Amitriptyline by mouth.

    What if you miss a dose of Amitriptyline?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Amitriptyline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Amitriptyline?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Amitriptyline, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Amitriptyline?

    • Cimetidine
    • Disulfiram
    • Flecainide
    • Guanethidine
    • Propafenone

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Amitriptyline.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Amitriptyline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Amitriptyline can interact with pain medications, heart rhythm medications, and seizure medications.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Amitriptyline?

    Like other medicines, Amitriptyline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Amitriptyline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Amitriptyline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Amitriptyline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Amitriptyline can cause side effects such as weight gain, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Amitriptyline.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Amitriptyline?

    Is it possible for me to take Amitriptyline with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Amitriptyline?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Amitriptyline?
    How will Amitriptyline work in my body?
    How should Amitriptyline be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Amitriptyline drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Amitriptyline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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