Benefits of Amitriptyline
People who suffer from depression often benefit from amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil®). This prescription medication comes in tablet form and is generally taken one to three times a day. The exact amount your healthcare provider prescribes will depend on various factors, including your age.
Although it is not exactly clear how amitriptyline works, it is known to affect certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which may help to relieve symptoms of depression, such as feelings of helplessness, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, and suicidal thoughts.
This medication is certainly effective in many cases; however, it can take up to four weeks for amitriptyline's benefits to be felt, so do not be discouraged if you feel this product is not working at first, and do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
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