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Generic: amitriptyline
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It is used to treat depression.
               



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What is this medicine?

AMITRIPTYLINE (a mee TRIP ti leen) is used to treat depression.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an alcohol problem
  • asthma, difficulty breathing
  • bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • difficulty passing urine, prostate trouble
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease or previous heart attack
  • liver disease
  • over active thyroid
  • seizures
  • thoughts or plans of suicide, a previous suicide attempt, or family history of suicide attempt
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to amitriptyline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take the tablets with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain medicines used to regulate abnormal heartbeat or to treat other heart conditions
  • cisapride
  • droperidol
  • halofantrine
  • linezolid
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • methylene blue
  • other medicines for mental depression
  • phenothiazines like perphenazine, thioridazine and chlorpromazine
  • pimozide
  • probucol
  • procarbazine
  • sparfloxacin
  • St. John's Wort
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • atropine and related drugs like hyoscyamine, scopolamine, tolterodine and others
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures, like phenobarbital
  • cimetidine
  • disulfiram
  • ethchlorvynol
  • thyroid hormones such as levothyroxine

               
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