Best Time to Take Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil®) is licensed for the treatment of depression in people age 12 and older. It comes in tablet form, and is believed to work by affecting certain chemicals in the brain, such as norepinephrine and serotonin.
Several different dosing options are available with this medication. Because it can be taken anywhere from one to three times a day, the best time to take amitriptyline may depend on your personal preference. A lower dose is often recommended for teenagers or the elderly; people in the hospital can take a higher daily amount.
Regardless of when you take amitriptyline, it is best to take it at the same time(s) each day. This will help ensure an even level of the medication in your system, which in turn can help ensure a more effective treatment process.
(Click Amitriptyline Dosage for more information, including general dosing guidelines and why it may be better to take amitriptyline before bedtime.)
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