Amitriptyline (Elavil): Information, Uses, Dosage, Overdose, Side Effects

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Amitriptyline is an antidepressant drug. It is mainly used to treat depression

Information about amitriptyline:

The main thing about this medicine is that it is not used, if you have recently experienced a heart attack, it can induce thoughts of suicide at first, mainly for the younger people about 24yrs old. If you have any other symptoms can give information about your doctor such as irritable, hyperactive, and more depressed. It can be used as the exactly how the doctor has prescribed, directions written on the prescription label should be followed by the patient. It is not to be used in small or large doses and also no longer than prescribed

Dosage pattern of amitriptyline:

Adult dose

Outpatient:

The 75mg of the drug can take orally per day. It is may increase to 150mg, the maximum drug intake 150mg per day

At bedtime: this dose is about 25-50mg if needed. The maximum should not be exceeded to 150mg orally per day.

Inpatient:

This is about 100mg can be taken orally per day,

At bedtime: the dose is about 40-100mg can be taken orally as single dose

The maximum dose should be 300mg can be taken orally per day.

Use: depression symptoms can be decreased

Geriatric dose:

This is about 10mg can be taken orally for 3 times a day with 20 at the bedtime.

Use: depression symptoms can be decreased

Children dose:

12yrs

This is about 10mg orally can be taken orally for 3 times a day and 20mg at bedtime.

Use: depression symptoms can be decreased

Amitriptyline Overdose:

The overdose of this drug may be more dangerous. The main symptoms of overdose include:

Amitriptyline side effects:

Severity: major

  • Bleeding gums
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in urine
  • Changes in speech
  • Cold sweats
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Dark urine
  • Decreased urine output

Severity: minor

  • Constipation
  • Black tongue
  • Breast enlargement in females
  • Decreased libido
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of sense of taste
  • Skin rashes
  • Inflammation of mouth
  • Pupil dilation

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