About Elavil

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About Elavil

Amitriptyline is prescribed for the treatment of depressive disorders (depression). The active ingredient helps especially with mental health problems, in which a bad mood or fears are in the foreground. It also includes anxiety disorders that also have a negative impact on mood. Because of its calming effect, amitriptyline also helps to combat sleep disorders due to illness and should be taken in the evening.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

  • Treat depression
  • mild to moderately severe as well as severe to very severe chronic pain as part of a treatment plan such as relieve migraine headaches or fibromyalgia
  • Release fear
  • Reduce nervousness
  • Alleviate Sleep Disorders

This is how Amitriptyline works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of amitriptyline.
Please also read the information on the drug classes tri- and tetracyclic antidepressants, antidepressants, to which the active ingredient amitriptyline belongs.

Areas of application of the active ingredient amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is prescribed for the treatment of depressive disorders (depression). The active ingredient helps especially with mental health problems, in which a bad mood or fears are in the foreground. It also includes anxiety disorders that also have a negative impact on mood. Because of its calming effect, amitriptyline also helps to combat sleep disorders due to illness and should be taken in the evening.

The active ingredient can also be used for chronic pain, which often has a mental component, within a therapeutic concept. The pain scale that covers amitriptyline ranges from mild to moderately severe pain to severe to very severe pain. For example, headache in migraine attacks and fibromyalgia (musculoskeletal pain) can be treated with amitriptyline.

For the following application areas of Amitriptyline , in-depth information is available:

  • depression
  • Pain (strong to very strong)
  • anxiety disorders

Action of Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline belongs to the active ingredient group of tricyclic antidepressants and also has its mode of action.

All brain nerve reactions are mediated by messengers such as serotonin and norepinephrine. These messenger substances are stored in small vesicles at the nerve endings and are released on excitement of the nerve. In this way they reach other nerves and bind to special binding sites (receptors). The affected nerves then transmit the stimulus signal. Once they have fulfilled their task, the messenger substances are taken back into their storage via special transport systems or degraded by enzymes.

Amitriptyline has a dual effect. Once the active ingredient in the brain occupies different binding sites for messenger substances and thus changes the influence of these messengers on the brain metabolism. Secondly, amitriptyline blocks transport substances that return the messengers serotonin and norepinephrine to their storage sites after signal transmission. As a result, serotonin and norepinephrine remain longer at the site of action and their effectiveness increases. Amitriptyline in this way triggers anxiety and tension states and reverses depressive moods. The soothing effect of amitriptyline usually occurs very quickly, while the mood-improving effect begins after about two weeks of regular use.

Chronic pain often interferes with the processing of pain signals in the brain. The messenger serotonin plays a major role in building a filter for incoming pain signals. By influencing serotonin, amitriptyline can replace the constant use of painkillers. The active ingredient must be taken for pain relief but then regularly over a long period of time.

Potential Elavil side effects may include:

Elavil used to treat the following diseases:

  1. Karen J. Savage says:
    4.5 rating

    Elavil for Depression

    Memory disorders, thought disorders

  2. Maureen C. Brown says:
    1.5 rating

    Elavil for Borderline; Depression

    I’m hardly hungry with Ludiomil. And have since then a slight tinnitus

  3. Rita C. Gerardi says:
    4.0 rating

    Elavil for Fibromyalgia

    I am looking for a good medi against fibromyalgia – take 4 days Saroten Retard. It seems to work. Unfortunately, my dry mouth increases day by day, which is not great and leads to a sore throat

    Side effects: Mouth dryness
  4. Andrew D. Echols says:
    2.5 rating

    Elavil for Pain (acute)

    Since I have taken these two medicines in combi I have absolutely no more pain. The former thing I have is a lot of thirst, fatigue and I have since the tablets take about 10kg increased. Does not matter the main thing I have no more pain.

    Side effects: Fatigue; Increase in weight
  5. Beth D. Thurston says:
    3.0 rating

    Elavil for Pain (acute); Depression

    Was the first 2 weeks very tired after that I was always better, now and then have a bad day until now but not so that I have to take pills. but have also increased 10 kg.und only after a year have been adjusted to decrease successes. Azopt has caused no side effects with me.

    Side effects: Fatigue; Increase in weight
  6. Cristen L. Patterson says:
    2.5 rating

    Sleep with it very deeply and through. Getting up is very difficult due to persistent tiredness. Despite strict diet and a lot of sports weight gain.

    Side effects: Hangover; Increase in weight
  7. Janet M. Vidrio says:
    4.5 rating

    Elavil for A headache; Sleep disorders

    I had to take Saroten early in the evening so I could get out of bed early in the morning. If I did not sleep for 8-9 hours, I was groggy all day. If I had enough sleep, however, I was well rested and fit. Headaches are almost gone, tinnitus as well. I have not taken it for 2 weeks now and the headache, sleep disturbances and tinnitus start again.

    Side effects: Hangover
  8. Ronald E. Mayer says:
    4.5 rating

    Elavil for Depression

    I was prescribed Saroten after taking citalopram for years. Due to various causes (for example, hardly any therapeutic measures) it was decided to prescribe Saroten (100 mg, retard) during a hospital stay. You get used to a lot of things and so I think that after several years of taking Citalopram it just lost its effect. Unlike Citalopram, I take Saroten in the evening instead of in the morning. At the clinic I got it at about 22 o’clock. About 2 hours later I became very sleepy and could also sleep well. I’ve been doing better since Saroten, but since the last hospitalization I have changed my life quite a bit to finally get rid of the depression. One should never forget that antidepressants are just an adjunctive support towards improving or curing a depressive phase. A regular daily routine and sports are prerequisites for improvement. A tip: Saroten has quite a sedative effect that can lead to the fact that you get out of bed in the morning, is a little dazed or does not even notice the alarm clock. If this happens to you, I recommend you to take it a little earlier. I take the tablet after some try now at 18 o’clock, so I am tired at 22 o’clock, sleep in time and get well out of bed in the morning. In any case, you should also discuss this with your doctor.

  9. Mary J. Pierre says:
    3.0 rating

    Elavil for Pain (chronic)

    I’ve gained so much through Citalopram that I’ve been taking for 4 years anyway. Now I should take Saroten too, I notice directly how fast I increase in size. I can not live like that either.

  10. Jeremy H. Redding says:
    3.5 rating

    Elavil for Depression

    Headache, sweats

    Side effects: Headache
  11. Emery T. Fox says:
    4.0 rating

    For 12 years I was prescribed by the family doctor Saroten 50mg and Xanax 0.25mg for depresions and sleep disorders. Now I have been suffering from anxiety disorders for six weeks, my family doctor then referred me to a psychiatrist. Now I take 50mg Trittico in the evening and 20mg Cipralex in the morning. I had to sell Saroten and Xanax. Now the anxiety conditions have improved for this I suffer from sleepless nights, headaches and nausea.

    Side effects: Headache; Insomnia
  12. Michael B. Lee says:
    4.5 rating

    Elavil for Depression

    I have had experiences with three medicines, which I took one after the other. First of all citalopram, saroten (amytriptilin) and tianeurax (tianeptin) belong in this order. Reason for my treatment is a 13 months continuous dizziness that is still my daily companion and is the cause of my depression. I try to write as much as possible about all medications. These are different for each of me it was like this. 1. Citalopram. Taken for 3 weeks. A new generation serotonin reuptake inhibitor with a drive-enhancing component. My doctor recommends one tablet in the evening before going to bed. Of this I can only advise against it is impossible to sleep after that the drive-increasing effect occurs very quickly. That’s why I always took those in the morning. The sleep rhythm is a bit confused. Already in the first days you can feel the drive increase significantly. the mood-enhancing effect did not really work for me but some side effects. To mention would be there, for example the inner restlessness, sleep disturbances, mood swings and motivational problems. The drive increase is not always advantageous. It often happened that I just had to walk around the apartment because I could not sit still. All in all quite bearable but only if the desired effect can be achieved. I think the drive increase did not have to be that when the mood improves that comes automatically. Citalopram is one of the antidepressants with very little side effects. However, there is an improved version called: escitalopram supposedly with even fewer side effects and better effects. 2. Saroten (amytritilin). 4 weeks ingestion. An old-school tryptic antidepressant. It inhibits both the uptake of serotonin as well as dopamine and norepinephrine. Accordingly diverse are also the side effects. I took 1 tablet (50mg) every night. After that, I slept as well as I did not sleep for a long time. As a sleeping aid so very suitable. The mood-enhancing effect did not occur here on me. I probably would have needed to take her longer. As I read from other reports, it can sometimes take 6-8 weeks. But the side effects do not make it easy. Already after the first night I had a slight dizziness. In the days after dry mouth (especially at night). Fuck no matter adjustment, circulatory weakness when getting up, tiredness all day, and very fussy cravings for sweets. In 4 weeks I have already gained 2 kg. For me absolutely unacceptable because I was already overweight and was again depressive. And an antidepressant should do exactly the opposite. Luck problems I had no luck. By and large, a good drug sleep problems, panic attacks and fears you get so well and quickly under control. For me but contraindicated. 3. Tianeurax (Tianeptin) Only admitted in Germany since November 2012. Before that there were only in France and Austria. I was very skeptical before I took that and read a lot about it. Tieneptin is the only known drug that enhances serotonin uptake. In fact, he does exactly the opposite of what the other antidepressants do. But the secret is probably somewhere else. Anyway, I am very pleasantly surprised. I take the drug now for 10 days daily 3 tablets (12.5mg). For me, the effect occurred after a week already. I’m in a very good mood, I’m motivated and doing the things that I used to put off, like sorting paperwork on my desk. I have fun keeping up my social contacts and can even do sports again without any side effects hindering me. I’m optimistic again and emotionally balanced. It is neither impulsive nor sedative and I appreciate that very much. The taste of food is somehow more intense. I feel that as positive. The first night I had a funny dream. Otherwise I have no side effects so far. That’s how I imagine the effects of an antidepressant. It looks very inconspicuous. Unfortunately, my dizziness is still unchanged, but now I have reason to hope for improvement. A little tip on the edge for those who have to deal with depression. Short-term relief and immediate mood-enhancing effects can be achieved with a completely sleepless night. I tried it myself. In the evening a Citalopram taken, the night gone through and behold at 8 or 9 o’clock you are slightly scratched but has a really good mood. that holds

  13. Tresa J. Morris says:
    4.5 rating

    Elavil for A headache; Migraine; Depression

    Side effects Saroten: tiredness, water retention, weight gain, dry mouth. Fluoxetine: side effects only at the beginning of the intake, meanwhile no side effects except weight gain. Fluoxetine enhances the effects of Saroten, so I stay at a dose of 25 mg Saroten a day (taken in the evening), with a fluoxetine dose of 40 mg a day (taken in the morning).

  14. Kristina G. Dietrich says:
    3.0 rating

    Do not help make even more fear and water accumulation in the face

    Side effects: Water storages