Elavil
DESCRIPTION

Elavil is commonly used to treat various mental illnesses including depression. The medication is effective in treating multiple other mood problems as well.

How it works

As it belongs to a class of medications referred to as tricyclic antidepressants, Elavil works by affecting the chemicals in your brain. Mental illnesses such as depression are caused due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil work by fixing the chemicals imbalances in the brain. They affect specific neurotransmitters such as serotonin to treat depression.

Uses

The main use of this medication is its ability to treat depression. It is also useful in treating nerve pain and bulimia. It can be used to treat other mood problems such anxiety and panic disorder. You can consume this medication to avoid migraine headaches too.

Dosage

The dosage will be determined by a physician according to the medical condition and response to the therapy. Elavil is generally consumed two to four times a day, by mouth. If you are prescribed only one dose a day, you can take it during night time to avoid sleepiness in the day time.

To experience the best results of this medication, you need to take it as regularly as possible. If you keep forgetting your doses, take it at the same time every day. This will help you remember. It is best to start the treatment with a low dose since it can reduce the potential risk of side effects.

It is essential for you to continue this treatment, even when you feel normal. You should not stop the treatment without consulting your physician. Stopping the consumption of Elavil abruptly can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, tiredness and changes in sleep. To avoid such symptoms, your physician might ask you to lower the dosage gradually. So, strictly adhere to the prescription provided by your physician.

Side effects

Consuming Elavil may or may not lead to certain side effects. Regardless, it is important to be aware of the following.

Drowsiness
Dizziness
Blurred vision
Dry mouth
Constipation
Weight gain
Trouble urinating

Although these symptoms might not occur during the treatment period, it best to keep an eye out for them. Furthermore, it is also possible for you to go through some severe side effects such as:

Enlarged breasts
Abdominal pain
Shaking
Easy bleeding
Consistent heartburns
Decreased sexual ability

At the event of such symptoms, do not hesitate to contact a health care provider immediately.

Precautions

If you wish to avoid the above side effects, make sure to adhere to the following side effects without fail.

If you wish to avoid constipation, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.
To relieve dry mouth, eat sugarless candy canes or use a saliva substitute.
Inform your physician if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of the medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption
Use sunscreen since this drug increases your sensitivity to the sun.

Self-care

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, use Elavil only during the most necessary times.

It is best to avoid nursing during the treatment period since Elavil can be passed on through breast milk.

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