What is Amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline is a type of drug classified under tricyclic antidepressants. Amitriptyline is used to treat a variety of psychological disorders mood issues, depression, and bipolar disorder. It relieves your anxiety and stress and improves your mood providing a state of well-being. Amitriptyline is available in the US and UK as prescription drugs online sold under the brand name Amitid (US), Elavil (UK). You can buy Amitriptyline in the US, UK, Canada, and India with an online prescription.
Amitriptyline is available as a tablet, oral suspension, and injections. Amitriptyline tablets are available in several strengths 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg or 150 mg. The most commonly reported side effects are dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, gastrointestinal upset, and constipation. If you experience any of these problems, you will have to visit your physician at the earliest. Some drugs that may interact with Amitriptyline that includes: arbutamine, disulfiram, thyroid supplements, clopidogrel, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, certain medicines to treat clotting of blood such as warfarin, and some blood pressure medications.
How does Amitriptyline work?
Amitriptyline acts on the brain. They are thought to work by increasing a neurotransmitter (the chemical messengers that transmit a message from a nerve cell to a target cell) called serotonin in your brain. This can improve your mood. This can also change the way that your nerves receive pain signals thus alleviating pain.
Benefits of taking Amitriptyline
It’s approved for use to treat depression but is also often prescribed for several other conditions like pain, migraines, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, chronic pain (diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia), irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis (bladder pain syndrome), migraine prophylaxis, postherpetic neuralgia, and sialorrhea. Although it has been around for many years, it is still a popular economic drug in the market.
How to take Amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline is taken through the mouth with a glass of water. It has to be taken as recommended by the physician usually once daily depending on the condition. The initial dose recommended for depression is 25 mg/day at bedtime, as it can be sedating. For chronic pain, a lower dose of 10- 20 mg/ day is given as initial therapy. The dosage can gradually be increased up to 300 mg/day depending on the patient’s condition. The changed dose is best taken at bedtime. After the patient’s condition gets better, Amitriptyline should be continued for three months or longer to prevent the recurrence of depression. Once the patient is stable, amitriptyline should be continued for three months or longer to prevent relapse of depression. After this, the doses are gradually tapered to prevent withdrawal symptoms. For children and old aged, the starting dose is 10 mg/day. Before you discontinue Amitriptyline, discuss it with your physician. Never overdose, always consults your physician to know the best possible dose for you.