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Elavil Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Elavil belongs to a class of similar drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. Elavil is used to treat depression, bulimia, chronic pain from a variety of conditions such as fibromyalgia, and also reduce the incidence of chronic headache or migraine, ulcers, uncontrollable hiccups.

Elavil Dosage

  • The usual starting dosage is 75 milligrams per day divided into 2 or more smaller doses. Your doctor may also increase your dosage to 150 milligrams per day.
  • If you will use it for long time, then the usual dose ranges from 40 to 100 milligrams taken once daily, and mostly you should use at bedtime.

Uses of Elavil

  • Elavil is used to relieve symptoms of depression including feelings of sadness, worthlessness, loss of interest in daily activities; changes in appetite; sleeping too much; and thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Elavil is also used to treat various types of pain.
  • It may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Elavil

Before taken elavil medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking elavil. Side effects may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Hair loss heart attack
  • Problems urinating
  • Rash
  • Seizure
  • Water retention

Warnings and precautions before taking Elavil:

  • You should not stop taking elavil abruptly, especially if you are taking large doses.
  • After taken elavil, you may feel drowsy or less alert; so you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery or you should not participate in any activity that requires full mental alertness.
  • Elavil may also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. So you should try to stay out of the sun, and also wear protective clothing, and apply a sun block.

Drug Interaction :- If you are taking elavil with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining elavil with the following:

  • Airway-opening drugs such as Sudafed and Proventil
  • Other antidepressants, such as amoxapine
  • Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
  • Cimetidine
  • Disulfiram
  • Ethchlorvynol
  • Major tranquilizers such as Mellaril and Thorazine
  • Painkillers such as Demerol and Percocet

After taken elavil if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of elavil overdose may include:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Dilated pupils and other eye problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired heart function
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Stupor
  • Unresponsiveness or coma

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