Elavil belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It is not entirely clear how the drug works. It does affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. Elavil may allow these chemicals to stay in the brain longer, which can help with depression symptoms.
Studies have shown that Elavil is effective for the treatment of depression. It may also be used "off-label" to help relieve chronic pain and to prevent migraine headaches. Elavil can also help with bedwetting, ADHD, fibromyalgia, and bulimia. The medicine is also effective at helping people quit smoking.
Drownisness & lighthededness is one of the common side effects of Elavil, however for more details please talk to the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med.
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hi k, elivil is good for all the reasons everyone just told you. i dont know how much your on but this is the best way to take it for sleep. i took it for 2 years so belive me this is the best way to take it.get ready to fall asleep pj's on the whole 9 yards. water next to your bed and elivil in hand.take it,put your head on your pillow and get in your favorite sleeping position.this may sound extreme,the reason Im telling you this is because elivil has a small window of time that it will put you right to sleep 10-15min.you wont even feel it starting to work.the next thing you will feel is waking up.and maybe a little foggy in the morning.sit on the side of your bed it will pass in 5 min.other things your gonna notice is dry mouth,and its a little harder to go to the bathroom. try some prunes and drink plenty of water... subzero58
Rajive is right one of the things that you may notice (not in all people) because of the contents of the drug some folks have muscle movements I would imagine that this is something that tends to improve with treatment. One of the things that you need to do is read the enclosed papmplet that is enclosed with the drug when it is filled. the pharmacy includes these and it gives you a general idea of what you can expect from the drug and the side effects that are possible with the use of the drug. I wish you the very best Caringsonbj (Billy)
- Elavil Information for Consumers
- Elavil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Elavil (detailed)
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