Amitriptyline

(ay-mee-TRIP-tuh-leen)

Amitriptyline (Elavil) is a medicine that is used to treat depression, chronic pain and migraine headaches.

It may be taken by mouth as a tablet or your pharmacy may make the medication into a liquid to be taken by mouth. 

  • It may take several weeks before benefits of taking this medication are seen.
  • Do not stop medication quickly or all at once. Weaning should be done slowly. Talk to your child's doctor before stopping this medicine.  
  • Avoid use with alcohol, other depressants, antihistamines and certain pain medication because of the increased chance for side effects.  
  • Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight. Wear sunscreen.
  • Taking this medication with food may decrease stomach upset.
  • It is important to go to all doctor appointments so that your child's doctor can make sure that your child is getting the right dose and it is not causing side effects.
  • Make sure you get the medicine refilled before the last dose is given.
  • Keep this medication in its original container, tightly closed. 
  • Store away from heat or direct light.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call our child's doctor immediately.  
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when rising quickly
  • Dry mouth and / or dry eyes
  • Stomachache
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and / or skin)
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Weight gain
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Severe, unrelieved pain  
  • Chest pain or feeling like the heart is racing
  • Extreme sedation  
  • Blurry vision  
  • Inability to urinate

Last Updated 11/2013