This medicine is used to treat problems that are mental/mood as depression. It may help improve mood and feelings of well-being, relieve anxiety and tension, better help you sleep, and increase your energy level. This medicine belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by affecting the balance of certain natural chemicals (neurotransmitters such as for example serotonin) within the mind.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug which are not listed in the approved labeling that is professional the drug but that may be prescribed by your wellbeing care professional. Use this drug for a state of being which is listed in this section only if this has been therefore prescribed by your wellbeing care professional.
This medication could also be used to treat nerve pain (such as peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia), eating condition (bulimia), other mental/mood dilemmas (such as anxiety, panic disorder), or to prevent migraine headaches.
Read the Medication Guide supplied by your pharmacist before you start taking amitriptyline and each time you get a refill. If you have any relevant concerns, check with your physician or pharmacist.
Just take this medication by lips, usually 1 to 4 times daily or as directed by your physician. If you take it only once a day, take it at bedtime to help reduce daytime sleepiness. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
To reduce your risk of negative effects (such as for instance drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness), your medical professional may direct you to start this medicine at the lowest dose and gradually increase your dosage. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully.
Just take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the time( that is same) each time. Don't increase your dose or use this drug more regularly or for longer than prescribed. Your condition shall not improve any faster, and your risk of adverse results will increase.
It is critical to carry on using this medication even if you feel well. Don't stop taking this medication without consulting your physician. Some conditions may become worse when this medication is instantly stopped. Also, you may experience symptoms such as mood swings, headache, tiredness, and sleep change. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for additional information. Report any new or worsening symptoms right away.
This medicine may well not work right away. You may see some benefit within a week. However, it may take up to 4 weeks before you feel the full effect.
Tell your doctor if the condition persists or worsens (such as your feelings of sadness get worse, or you have thoughts of committing suicide).
See section that is also warning.
Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, weight gain, or trouble urinating may occur. If any one of these results persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To decrease the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or position that is lying.
To alleviate dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice potato chips, chew (sugarless) gum, take in water, or use a saliva substitute.
To prevent constipation, maintain a meal plan adequate in fibre, beverage plenty of water, and exercise. In the event that you become constipated while making use of this medication, consult your pharmacist for aid in selecting a laxative.
Remember your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of adverse effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but side that is serious occur: simple bruising/bleeding, persistent heartburn, shaking, mask-like facial expressions, muscle mass spasms, serious stomach/abdominal discomfort, decreased sexual ability/desire, enlarged/painful breasts.
Get help that is medical away in the event that you have any really severe side effects, including: black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, severe dizziness, fainting, seizures, eye pain/swelling/redness, vision changes (such as for instance seeing rainbows around lights at night).
This medication may rarely cause a tremendously condition that is serious neuroleptic cancerous syndrome (NMS). Get medical help immediately when you have some of the after signs: fever, muscle tissue tightness, severe confusion, perspiring, fast/irregular heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially associated with face/tongue/throat), serious dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a list that is complete of side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your pharmacist or doctor.
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Phone your medical professional for medical advice about unwanted effects. You may report effects that are side FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your medical professional for medical advice about side effects. You might report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
See also Warning section.
Before taking amitriptyline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other allergies if you are allergic to it, or to other tricyclic antidepressants (such as nortriptyline), or. This product may contain ingredients that are inactive that may cause sensitive reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist to get more details.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, particularly of: bleeding problems, breathing problems, liver issues, recent heart attack, problems urinating (such as for example due to enlarged prostate), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), individual or family history of glaucoma (angle-closure type), personal or genealogy and family history of mental/mood conditions (such as manic depression, psychosis), family history of committing suicide, seizures, conditions that may raise your risk of seizures (such as other brain disease, alcohol withdrawal).
Amitriptyline may cause a condition that affects one's heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can seldom cause serious (rarely deadly) fast/irregular heartbeat and other signs (such as serious dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.
The risk of QT prolongation may be increased when you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using amitriptyline, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all medications you are taking and for those who have any one of the following conditions: specific heart dilemmas (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), genealogy and family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation into the EKG, sudden cardiac death).
Low quantities of potassium or magnesium in the bloodstream may increase your risk also of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Speak to your physician about utilizing amitriptyline properly.
This drug may make you drowsy or dizzy or cause vision that is blurred. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision you can perform such activities safely until you are sure. Avoid beverages that are alcoholic.
Before having surgery, tell your physician or dentist about most of the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This medication might make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
It harder to control your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes, this drug may make. Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and tell your doctor of the results. Your doctor may need certainly to adjust your diabetes medication, workout system, or diet.
Older adults may become more sensitive to the adverse ramifications of this medication, specially dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, constipation, trouble urinating, and QT prolongation (see above). Dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion can increase the risk of dropping.
During pregnancy, this medicine should be properly used just when clearly needed. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
Since untreated mental/mood problems (such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks) is a serious condition, do not stop using this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.
This medication passes into breast milk and the impact on a medical infant is unknown. Check with your doctor before breast-feeding.
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