What is Amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline is a type of medicine called a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). It prevents neurotransmitters, chemical messengers between the nerve cells, from being reabsorbed. It is commonly used in the management of depression and neuropathic pain, It can also be used as a prophylactic for Migraine headaches.
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When is it used?
Medicines that contain the active ingredient amitriptyline are commonly prescribed for nerve pain, migraine and tension headaches. Amitriptyline is also effective for treating other conditions, such as depression, post-traumatic stress and muscle ache.
How to use Amitriptyline
Amitriptyline tablets should be taken with some liquid. If you have a sensitive stomach, it is best to take Amitriptyline with your meal to avoid stomach distress. If you have forgotten to take a dose, you may take the missed dose unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Never take an extra tablet of Amitriptyline to make up for the forgotten dose.
What are the Side effects
Amitriptyline may have side effects, although not everybody gets them. Reported side effects include:
- Sleepiness, drowsiness, dizziness
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain
Most side effects will disappear within a few weeks once the body adjusts to the medicine. See package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications, warnings and other side effects.