Amitriptyline

generic

Amitriptyline Warnings

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication (especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition. Tell the doctor right away if you notice worsening depression/other psychiatric conditions, unusual behavior changes (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes (including new/worsening anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, hostile/angry feelings, impulsive actions, severe restlessness, very rapid speech). Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
  • May cause drowsiness and dizziness. Alcohol and marijuana may intensify this effect. Use care when operating a vehicle, vessel (e.g., boat), or machinery.
  • May cause blurred vision
  • Call your doctor immediately if you have mental/mood changes like confusion, new/worsening feelings of sadness/fear, thoughts of suicide, or unusual behavior.
  • Avoid prolonged or excessive exposure to direct and/or artificial sunlight while using this medication.
  • It is very important that you take or use this exactly as directed. Do not skip doses or discontinue unless directed by your doctor.
  • Read the boxed warning information for this medication.

Lactation Warnings

  • INSUFFICIENT HUMAN DATA AVAILABLE; LOW LEVELS EXCRETED

Pregnancy Warnings

  • Use w/caution;active metabolite nortriptyline may cause infant urinary retention