Generic Elavil (Amitriptyline) is used for treating the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety. This medicine belongs to the category of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Generic Elavil functions by enhancing the levels of particular natural elements within the brain that are required to regulate mental health balance.
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Generic Elavil contains the active ingredient Amitriptyline. The molecular weight of the ingredient is 313.87 and chemical name is 3-(10, 11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo [a,d] cycloheptene-5-ylidene)-N, N-dimethyl-1-propanamine hydrochloride. The list of inactive ingredients in the medicine is talc, lactose, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, calcium phosphate, Pyrogenic silica, Hypromellose, cellulose, stearic acid and talc.
The drug Amitriptyline acts as a sedative, but the exact action mechanism is idiopathic. This medication is responsible for reuptake of serotonin. Pharmacologically, it potentiates neuronal activity by acting on certain neurotransmitters.
Generic Elavil is a pill that is taken orally one to four times per day, or as advised by the physician.
Try to take the dose around the same time each day. Stick to the directions in prescription label carefully. Do not take it more frequently than recommended by your doctor.
Initially, your doctor would most likely put you on a minimal dose and may gradually increase your dose.
It might take 2-3 weeks or longer to reap the benefits of Generic Elavil.
Never stop taking it without talking to your physician consent. Abruptly quitting this medicine may cause withdrawal signs, such as nausea, headache, and insufficient power.
If you are allergic to Amitriptyline, avoid using this antidepressant
If you recently had a stroke or cardiac arrest, stay away from Generic Elavil
In younger patients (below 24 years), this medicine may produce suicidal thoughts initially; therefore, a family member should keep an eye on him/her during treatment
You are advised to visit your doctor for regular follow up during the first 12 weeks of therapy
Overdosing with this antidepressant can lead to adverse drug reactions and medical complications
Generic Elavil should be stored at room temperature, and particular away from kids
You should not make use of this medicine if you are allergic to Amitriptyline, or you recently suffered a cardiac arrest.
Do not use Generic Elavil when you have used any medicine that acts on nervous system in the past fourteen days.
Prior to taking it, inform your doctor if you have used an SSRI antidepressant in the last 5 weeks.
You may get suicidal thoughts when you initially begin taking this antidepressant. Your physician will need to check you regularly for the very first three months of treatment.
In case if you miss the dose, take it as soon as you remember or ask the medical professional for further dosage, but do not take two doses at a time.
The duration of treatment with Generic Elavil depends on the improvement of the overall mental health. Hence, the right person to explain you the exact therapy duration is a qualified medical professional or psychiatrist.
Probable Side Effects
You should report your doctor if you experience following side effects of Generic Elavil –
Mood or behavior changes
If you are under other antidepressants, cancer medications, seizure medicines, muscle relaxants and cardiac health drugs, you should inform to your physician during consultation. The aforementioned drugs may interact adversely if taken along with Generic Elavil.
Patients who have or have had below-mentioned medical problems should not use Generic Elavil.