Elavil is prescribed to treat depression.
Elavil is prescribed to treat symptoms of depression.
Elavil works by increasing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain that are needed to maintain mental balance.
Elavil is in a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants.
Elavil is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Thoughts or plans of suicide, a previous suicide attempt, or family history of suicide attempt;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Over active thyroid;
- Liver disease;
- Heart disease or previous heart attack;
- Difficulty passing urine, prostate trouble;
- Bipolar disorder or schizophrenia;
- Asthma, difficulty breathing;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Elavil, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- An alcohol problem;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Elavil or any other medications;
- Tell your doctor if you are taking cisapride (Propulsid) (not available in the US) or monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as isocarboxazid (Marplan) phenelzine (Nardil) selegiline (Eldepryl Emsam Zelapar) and tranylcypromine (Parnate) or if you have taken an MAO inhibitor during the past 14 days Your doctor will probably tell you that you should not take Elavil;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other script and nonscript medications vitamins nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking Be sure to mention any of the following: antihistamines cimetidine (Tagamet) diet pills disulfiram (Antabuse) guanethidine (Ismelin) ipratropium (Atrovent) quinidine (Quinidex) medications for irregular heartbeats such as flecainide (Tambocor) and propafenone (Rythmol) medications for anxiety asthma colds irritable bowel disease;
- Tell your doctor if you have recently had a heart attack Your doctor will probably tell you not to take Elavil;
- Tell your doctor if you drink large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had glaucoma (an eye condition) an enlarged prostate (a male reproductive gland) difficulty urinating seizures an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) diabetes schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking loss of interest in life and strong or inappropriate emotions) or liver kidney or heart disease;
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant If you become pregnant while taking Elavil call your doctor Do not breast-feed while you are taking Elavil;
- If you are having surgery including dental surgery tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Elavil;
- You should know that Elavil may make you drowsy Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you;
Do not take Elavil with any of the following drugs:
- Arsenic trioxide;
- Atropine and related drugs like hyoscyamine, scopolamine, tolterodine and others;
- Barbiturate drugs for inducing sleep or treating seizures, like phenobarbital;
- Certain drugs prescribed to regulate abnormal heartbeat or to treat other heart conditions;
- MaOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate;
- Other drugs for mental depression;
- Phenothiazines like perphenazine, thioridazine and chlorpromazine;
- StJohn's Wort;
- Thyroid hormones such as levothyroxine;
Elavil side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin;
- Weight gain or loss;
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the feet or hands;
- Swelling of the testicles;
- Suicidal thoughts or other mood changes;
- Pain or difficulty passing urine, loss of bladder control;
- Nausea, vomiting;
- Muscle stiffness, or spasms;
- Fever with increased sweating;
- Fast, irregular heartbeat;
- Constipation or diarrhea;
- Confusion, hallucinations;
- Change in sex drive or performance;
- Breathing problems;
- Breast enlargement in both males and females;
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Abnormal production of milk in females;
- Weakness or tiredness;
- Dry mouth;
- Difficulty urinating;
- Blurred vision;
- Pain burning or tingling in the hands or feet;
- Changes in sex drive or ability;
- Excessive sweating;
- Changes in appetite or weight;
Reported Elavil overdose symptoms are:
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time);
- Problems concentrating;
- Hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist);
- Rigid muscles;
The usual starting dosage is 75 mg per day divided into 2 or more smaller doses. Your doctor may gradually increase this dose to 150 mg per day. The total daily dose is generally never higher than 200 mg.
Alternatively, your doctor may want you to start with 50 mg to 100 mg at bedtime. He or she may increase this bedtime dose by 25 or 50 mg up to a total of 150 mg a day.
For long-term use, the usual dose ranges from 40 to 100 mg taken once daily, usually at bedtime.
Use of Elavil, Sarotena, Amitriptylene, Endep is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
The usual dose for adolescents 12 years of age and over is 10 mg, 3 times a day, with 20 mg taken at bedtime.
The usual dose is 10 mg taken 3 times a day, with 20 mg taken at bedtime.