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amitriptyline hydrochloride (elavil)

available over the counter: no

uses: relieve major depression and chronic pain

mechanism of action: affects levels of chemicals (serotonin, norepinephrine, acetylcholine) which are linked to mood, emotion and mental state

side effects

  • serious: confusion, heartbeat irregularities, hallucinations, seizures, fatigue or drowsiness, blurred vision, restlessness, trembling, shaking, weakness
  • commom: drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, dry mouth, sensitivity to light, weight gain, nausea
  • less common: heartburn, insomnia, diarrhea, increased sweating, vomiting

concerns: when stopping the medication, taper over 5-7 days

 

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