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|Foreign Brand Names|
|Anapsique (Mexico); Apo-Amitriptyline® (Canada); Levate® (Canada); Novo-Tryptin® (Canada); Tryptanol®
Antidepressant, Tricyclic (Tertiary Amine)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to amitriptyline or any other part of the
medicine. If you are allergic to another medicine used for depression you may
also be allergic to this one. Talk with healthcare provider.
- If you have had a recent heart attack.
- If you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (isocarboxazid,
phenelzine, selegiline) in the past 14
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of depression, anxiety
disorders, obsessive and compulsive symptoms, panic disorder, eating disorders,
and chronic pain conditions.
- It is also used to prevent migraine headaches and bedwetting in
|How does it work?|
- Amitriptyline increases chemicals in the brain. Sleep and appetite may
improve quickly. Other depressive symptoms may take up to 4-6 weeks to
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- Tablet may be crushed and mixed with food or liquid.
- Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if you have been taking it
for a long time. Medicine should be slowly decreased.
- May take at bedtime if it causes too much
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects. Feeling
sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded could be dangerous. There are other choices if
this medicine is too strong for you.
- You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Make sure to get good dental care. There is a greater risk of
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy, lightheaded, or having blurred vision. Avoid driving,
doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how
this medicine affects you.
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position and be cautious climbing stairs.
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
- Discoloration of urine to a blue-green color.
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
- Unable to pass urine. Go to the bathroom before taking medicine. Talk
with healthcare provider if it becomes a
|What should I monitor?|
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Changes in thinking clearly and logically.
- Too tired or sleepy.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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