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Elavil

Part of a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants, Elavil is used for the treatment of depression. While it is not entirely clear how it works, the medicine is known to affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. Potential side effects of Elavil include dry mouth, constipation, and dizziness. The drug comes in tablet form and is usually taken by mouth one to three times daily.

What Is Elavil?

Elavil® (amitriptyline hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that is used to treat depression.
 
(Click What Is Elavil Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes It?

Elavil is produced by several manufacturers of generic medications. The brand-name version is no longer manufactured.
 

How Does Elavil Work?

Elavil belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It is not entirely clear how the drug works. It does affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. Elavil may allow these chemicals to stay in the brain longer, which can help with depression symptoms.
 

Effects of Elavil

Studies have shown that Elavil is effective for the treatment of depression. It may also be used "off-label" to help relieve chronic pain and to prevent migraine headaches. Elavil can also help with bedwetting, ADHD, fibromyalgia, and bulimia. The medicine is also effective at helping people quit smoking.
 

When and How to Take It

Some considerations for when and how to take Elavil include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth one to three times daily.
     
  • You can take Elavil with or without food. If the medication upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • The medication should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
     
  • For Elavil to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     
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