Generic Elavil (Amitriptyline)
This medication is used to treat mental/mood problems such as depression. It may help improve mood and feelings of well-being, relieve anxiety and tension, help you sleep better, and increase your energy level. This medication belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by affecting the balance of certain natural chemicals (neurotransmitters such as serotonin) in the brain.
Amitriptyline is used for a number of medical conditions including major depressive disorder (MDD).Some evidence suggests amitriptyline may be more effective than other antidepressants,including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),although it is rarely used as a first-line antidepressant due to its higher toxicity in overdose and generally poorer tolerability. It is used in addition to other medications for pain.
It is TGA-labeled for migraine prevention, also in cases of neuropathic pain disorders,fibromyalgia and nocturnal enuresis.Amitriptyline is a popular off-label treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),although it is most frequently reserved for severe cases of abdominal pain in patients with IBS because it needs to be taken regularly to work and has a generally poor tolerability profile, although a firm evidence base supports its efficacy in this indication. Amitriptyline can also be used as an anticholinergic drug in the treatment of early-stage Parkinson's disease if depression also needs to be treated. Amitriptyline is the most widely researched agent for prevention of frequent tension headaches.
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