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Amitriptyline Hydrochloride
What is in your medicine?
The name of this medicine is ELAVIL. It is available in tablets
containing 10 mg and 25 mg of Amitriptyline Hydrochloride,
together with the following ingredients: Lactose, calcium
hydrogen phosphate, maize starch, micro crystalline cellulose,
colloidal anhydrous silica, stearic acid, magnesium stearate,
hydroxymethylpropylcellulose, ethylcellulose, diethyl phthalate
hydroxypropylcellulose (E463) titanium dioxide (E171).
The 10 mg tablet also contains indigo carmine (E132).
The 25 mg tablet also contains quinoline yellow (E104) and
sunset yellow (E110).
ELAVIL 10 mg tablets are round, blue, film-coated tablets,
engraved DDSA. ELAVIL 25 mg tablets are round, yellow, filmcoated tablets engraved DDSA.
Both strengths are available in packs of 100 and 500 tablets.
The manufacturer of ELAVIL tablets is:
DDSA Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,
Chatfield Road, off York Road, London SW11 3SE.
The product licence holder of ELAVIL tablets is:
Chelonia Healthcare Limited,
Boumpoulinas 11, 3rd Floor,
Nicosia, Cyprus, P.C.1060, Cyprus

What are ELAVIL tablets for?
ELAVIL belongs to a group of medicines known as the antidepressants and is used in the treatment of the symptoms of
depression, especially where sedation is required.
ELAVIL is also effective in treating bedwetting in children,
known as nocturnal enuresis.

Check before you take ELAVIL
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever
had any unusual or allergic reactions to Amitriptyline, or to any
of the other ingredients of ELAVIL.
If your doctor has told you that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
Sunset yellow E110 may cause allergic reactions.
Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant, likely to become
pregnant, or are breast-feeding a baby.
Because the presence of other medical problems may affect
the use of ELAVIL, make sure to tell your doctor if you have
had any of the following:

Heart disease such as coronary artery disease, or heart
block which is a condition where the heart beats slowly
causing dizziness, tiredness, or fainting.

Liver disease.

Glaucoma (increased eyeball pressure).


Epilepsy (seizures).
Urinary problems such as being unable to pass urine.
Prostate problems, especially enlargement of the
Thyroid disease.
Mania or schizophrenia.
Phaeochromocytoma (characterised by high blood

Also tell your doctor if you are about to receive any surgical

Precautions while using this medicine
Although you can take these tablets with other medicines, it is
important to tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the
medicines that you are taking, whether or not they are

prescribed by your doctor or bought without a prescription from
the pharmacy or elsewhere. This is because using antidepressants together with ELAVIL may possibly increase the
effect of ELAVIL. The use of drugs known as mono-amine
oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), for example, can increase the
effects of amitriptyline and cause an increase in body
temperature and convulsions. A minimum of 14 days should
elapse between discontinuing an MAOI and starting
The drug fluoxetine increases the effects of amitriptyline.
The use of drugs known as protease inhibitors such as ritonavir
may also increase the effects of amitriptyline.
Amitriptyline may block the blood pressure-lowering action of
the following:

And possibly Clonidine

Amitriptyline should not be taken with the following:


Amiodarone and dysopyramide for irregular heart beat
Amitriptyline may cause an increase in blood pressure when
used together with the above.
Amitriptyline may increase the response to alcohol,
barbiturates and depressants of the central nervous system.
Delirium has been reported in patients taking amitriptyline with
disulfiram. Barbiturates and carbamazepine may decrease the
anti-depressant action of amitriptyline and methylphenidate
may increase the anti-depressant action.
Anti-cholinergic drugs, such as atropine when combined with
Amitriptyline may cause paralysis of the small intestine,
retention of urine, or glaucoma, especially in the elderly.
Cimetidine can reduce the breakdown of amitriptyline, which is
necessary for this drug to be removed from the body (excreted).
The anti-convulsant effect of anti-epileptic drugs such as
Primodone may be reduced when taken with amitriptyline,
whose breakdown rate will be increased.
Caution should be used if you are taking large doses of
If you get a bad sore throat or high fever, or become gradually
more tired and pale, or notice bruises or nose bleeds, stop
taking Amitriptyline and contact your doctor at once.
Do not abruptly stop taking ELAVIL as there may be some side
effects such as nausea, headache and weakness.

Thoughts of suicide and worsening of your depression
or anxiety disorder
If you are depressed and/or have anxiety disorders you can
sometimes have thoughts of harming of killing yourself. These
may be increased when first starting antidepressants, since
these medicines all take time to work, usually about two weeks
but sometimes longer.
You may be more likely to think like this:

If you have previously had thoughts about killing or
harming yourself.

If you are a young adult. Information from clinical trial
studies has shown an increased risk of suicidal behaviour
in adults aged less than 25 years with psychiatric
conditions who were treated with an anti-depressant.

If you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time,
contact your doctor or go to a hospital straight away.
You may find it helpful to tell a relative or close friend that
you are depressed or have an anxiety disorder and ask them to
read this leaflet. You might ask them to tell you if they think

your depression or anxiety is getting worse, or if they are
worried about changes in your behaviour.

in which they were given to you so that the medicine can be
identified by the doctor or pharmacist at the hospital.

Effects on ability to drive and use machinery

The symptoms of overdose are abnormal heartbeats,
palpitations, dilated pupils, drowsiness, a drop in body
temperature and convulsions (seizures).

As Amitriptyline may impair your alertness, any activity made
hazardous by diminished alertness, such as driving motorised
vehicles or using machinery, should be avoided.
Amitriptyline will also enhance the effects of alcohol. It is
therefore inadvisable to drive or operate machinery.

Use in pregnancy and lactation
The safety of Amitriptyline for use during pregnancy and
lactation has not been established. Amitriptyline is not
recommended during pregnancy especially during the first and
third three months, unless there are compelling reasons.
Withdrawal symptoms including depression of breathing and
agitation have been reported in infants whose mothers have
taken Amitriptyline during the last three months of pregnancy.
As Amitriptyline passes into breast milk it should be avoided
while breast-feeding.

Proper use of this medicine
Take this medicine by mouth and only in the doses prescribed by
your doctor. Your pharmacist can also help if you are not sure.
You should take these tablets exactly as your doctor has
ordered. Do not take more of them, and do not take them more
often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Do not
stop the treatment without talking to your doctor first.
Initial dose:
Usually 75 mg daily in divided doses (or a single dose at night).
This may be increased if necessary to a total of 150-200 mg a
day, with the additional doses being given in the late afternoon
and/or at bedtime.
The sedative effect is usually rapidly apparent while
antidepressant activity may be seen within three or four days or
may take up to 30 days to develop adequately.
Maintenance dosage:
The usual maintenance dosage is 50-100 mg daily. The total
dosage may be given in a single dose preferably in the evening
or at bedtime. When satisfactory improvement has been
reached, dosage should be reduced to the lowest amount that
will maintain relief of symptoms. Maintenance therapy should
be continued for three months or longer to lessen chances of
In general lower dosages are recommended for these patients,
as they are more prone to side effects, especially confusion,
agitation and postural hypotension.
An initial dosage of 10-25 mg three times daily is
recommended, which should be increased slowly. A daily
dosage of 50 mg may be satisfactory in elderly patients who
may not tolerate higher dosages. The required dosage may be
administered either as divided doses or a single dose
preferably in the evening or at bedtime.
Not recommended for the treatment of depression in children
under 16 years of age due to lack of clinical experience.
Enuresis (bed-wetting):
Children from 7-10 years may receive 10-20 mg a day, while
those aged 11-16 years may need 25-50 mg a day.
Treatment should not exceed three months.
If you forget to take your medicine, just carry on with the next
dose as normal. Do not take an extra dose to make up for the
missed dose. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist
for advice.

What to do in case of taking an overdose
If you should accidentally swallow a greater quantity of Amitriptyline
tablets than have been prescribed for you, contact your doctor or
the Accident & Emergency Department of your nearest hospital at
once. Always keep any remaining tablets in the labelled container

Can ELAVIL tablets cause problems?
Generally Amitriptyline is well tolerated.
The most common side effects of amitriptyline are a dry mouth,
skin rashes, dizziness upon standing up, confusion,
hallucinations and inflammation of the liver with yellowing of
the whites of the eye and yellowing of the skin.
Other side effects may occur with the use of tricyclic
antidepressants including Amitriptyline. These are:
Blood related reactions: increased blood pressure, palpitations,
rapid heartbeat, fainting, heart block, stroke, and water
retention. Bone marrow depression causing a reduction in the
number of certain types of blood cells may occur.
Nervous system reaction: There may be disturbance of
concentration, insomnia, nightmares, delusions, excitement,
anxiety, restlessness, numbness, tingling and pins and needles
of the extremities, difficulty in co-ordination, unstable walking,
tremors, tics, ringing in the ears, seizures, blurred vision,
difficulty in visual focusing, increased eyeball pressure, inability
to pass urine and raised temperature.
Allergic reactions: Hives, sensitivity to light and swelling of the
face and/or tongue.
Gastro-intestinal reactions: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,
constipation, paralysis of the small intestine, loss of appetite,
inflammation of the mouth and of the parotid gland, black tongue.
Hormonal reactions: enlargement of the breasts, production of
breast milk, swelling of the testicles and changes in sexual
desire and sexual function.
Other reactions weakness, fatigue, headache, fever, increased
perspiration, frequency in passing urine, hair loss and
drowsiness. Increased appetite and weight gain (or
occasionally weight loss).
An increased risk of bone fractures has been observed in
patients taking this type of medicines.
Abrupt withdrawal of Amitriptyline after prolonged treatment
has caused nausea, headaches and a feeling of being
generally unwell.
When Amitriptyline has been slowly withdrawn this has been
accompanied by passing symptoms such as irritability,
restlessness and sleep disturbances. In the first two weeks of
dosage reduction a condition known as hypermania (increased
excitement) or hypomania (reduced excitement verging on
depression) have been, rarely, reported within 2 to 7 days of
stopping treatment.
Behavioural changes have been observed in children receiving
ELAVIL for the treatment of bedwetting. Other side effects in
children receiving the treatment for this condition are
drowsiness, mild sweating and itching.

Storing your medicine
You must keep the medicine in a safe place where children
cannot get it. Your medicine could harm them.
Keep your medicine in a dry place and store below 25°C.
Keep the tablets in the closed container in which they were
given to you.
If your doctor tells you to stop the treatment, return any
remaining tablets to the pharmacist. Only keep the medicine if
the doctor tells you to.
On the label you will find the words "Expiry Date" followed by
some numbers indicating the month and year. This is the date
when the medicine is no longer fit for use. Do not use the
medicine after this date, but return it to your pharmacist.

A reminder
REMEMBER this medicine is for you. Never give it to
someone else, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
This leaflet does not contain the complete information about

your medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about
anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist who have access to
additional information.
This leaflet was revised in June 2010

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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