Amitriptyline Warnings and Precautions
Some of the conditions you should let your healthcare provider know about before you take amitriptyline include glaucoma, schizophrenia, diabetes, and bladder problems. You should also tell your healthcare provider about any drugs you may be currently taking. A few other amitriptyline warnings and precautions to be aware of include possible drug interactions, an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some people taking amitriptyline, and the drug's potential to affect the mental or physical ability of some people.
Amitriptyline: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil®) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Severe anxiety or agitation
A recent history of heart attack
- Heart problems, including heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Bladder problems
- Difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Liver problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol regularly
- Will be undergoing surgery.
Also tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.