Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat symptoms of depression. Elavil is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Elavil is also referred to by its drug name, amitriptyline hydrochloride.
Elavil is a member of a class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Serotonin and norepinephrine are brain chemicals that are thought to have a positive influence on mood, emotion, sleep, and pain. Elavil is believed to work by keeping these chemicals available in the brain for longer, which is thought to help relieve chronic pain.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Elavil is taken orally in divided daily doses.
Elavil comes in the form of a tablet or injection. Elavil should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Elavil lists common side effects including high or low blood pressure, drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, constipation, weight gain, trouble urinating, headache, and skin rash.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Elavil include coma, seizures, hallucinations, confusion, high fever, involuntary movements, serious heart problems (including stroke), low blood counts, liver failure, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
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Elavil — RxList