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Elavil® (amitriptyline hydrochloride) is a medication used for the treatment of depression. Available by prescription only, the medication comes in tablet form and is available in six different strengths. At this time, it is not approved for children under the age of 12.
 
Elavil belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It is typically taken one to three times a day. Before your healthcare provider prescribes this antidepressant, let him or her know if you are pregnant, drink alcohol frequently, or have bipolar disorder (or a family history of bipolar disorder). Dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, and drowsiness are some of the most common side effects.
 
(For more details on this drug, including how it is thought to work and what to do if you miss a dose, click Elavil.)
 
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