Although most people tolerate amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil®) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this product is not suitable for everyone, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the risks that may apply to you. Dangers of amitriptyline include potential side effects. Some of the most common side effects include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty urinating
- Hair loss
- Weight gain or weight loss.
Other warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies. Also, amitriptyline may be dangerous for people with certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.
If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar levels more often when starting amitriptyline or changing the dose. There have been reports of increased or decreased blood sugar levels in people with diabetes who take this medication.
(To learn more about the potential dangers of this drug, click Amitriptyline Side Effects or Amitriptyline Warnings and Precautions. These articles explain the drug's risks in greater detail and provide information on why amitriptyline is not suitable for everyone.)