Problems With Amitriptyline

In most cases, amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil®) is a safe and effective depression medication. However, some people may develop problems with amitriptyline during treatment. In clinical studies, the most common side effects included:
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Changes in blood sugar levels.
Problems can also occur in people who have suddenly stopped taking amitriptyline. These withdrawal symptoms can include:
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Restlessness.
(Click Amitriptyline Side Effects for a closer look at the problems that can occur while taking this antidepressant. This article offers an expanded list of potential side effects, with information on problems that require immediate medical attention.)
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