Amitriptyline is classified as a tricyclic antidepressant and works to balance chemicals in the brain that may relieve anxiety, improve or balance mood, and increase energy by decreasing depressed feelings. Tricyclic antidepressants help to achieve a balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, for example: serotonin.
Amitriptyline is taken orally, typically one to four times daily as directed by your physician or healthcare provider. To avoid daytime drowsiness take at night before you go to sleep if your dosage is once per day. Never increase your dosage unless directed to by your physician or healthcare provider. Once a medication course has begun, take the medication all the way through the course. Do not deviate from your daily dosage if you begin to feel better. Any deviations from your daily dosage should only be as directed by your physician or healthcare provider. Consult with them, or your compounding pharmacist if you have specific questions.
Most medications have side effects for some patients, but many may experience no side effects whatsoever. There is no way to predict which side effects, if any, you will experience until you have begun taking amitriptyline as directed by your physician or healthcare provider.
Common side effects are as follows:
If any of the above side effects continue or begin to worsen it is important that you contact your pharmacist, physician, or healthcare provider immediately.
Do not take amitriptyline if you have had a heart attack.
Do not take amitriptyline if you have been taking any MAO inhibitors within the last 30 days. Notify and consult with your physician or healthcare provider before taking any dosage of amitriptyline if you have ever taken MAO inhibitors.
Amitriptyline is not to be taken by anyone under the age of 12.
It is important to consult with your physician or healthcare provider before beginning any dosage of amitriptyline if you have experienced or have a history of any of the following conditions or diseases:
As with all medications it is recommended to consult with your physician or healthcare provider and discuss your entire medical history and medication usage before beginning to take any new drug or drugs.
Do not take if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, or breast feeding.
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