I have been prescribed this and on the box it says that it is for depression.
The below is from our site, and yes, that is the primary application for the medication, there are other applications, and, considering the side effects you may want to express your concerns to your Dr and get a more thorough explanation of how this is supposed to help you and what you can expect.
Amitriptyline is used for:
Treating depression. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. How tricyclic antidepressants improve depression symptoms is not fully understood. They are thought to increase the activity of certain chemicals in the brain (norepinephrine, serotonin), which help improve mood.
It isn't an analgesic but it can help with nerve pain, as can gabapentin which is a seizure med.
Yes it may help with your nerve pain as its used off label for pain as are many other antidepressants.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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