is an effective, popular medication that battles depression
and is considered a tricyclic antidepressant. By inhibiting the serotonin and the noradrenaline
reuptake in a patients body, Amitril actually increases the levels of those natural body chemicals so that the levels of depression decrease. It is typically sold under the names Elavil
, Tryptanol, Endep
, Elatrol, Tryptizol, Trepiline, and Laroxyl. Amitril also has sedative effects, so it can be used to calm people with anxiety
or violent depression. It is typically used by doctors to treat clinical depression and depression in the elderly; however, in some countries it is used to treat chronic migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and insomnia
. A medical study done in 2003 compared Amitril with a control group of anti depressants, and almost 90% of the subjects had a more favorable response with Amitril.
The most common side effects are dry mouth
, drowsiness, dizziness
, blurred vision, insomnia and weight gain. Because of the drowsiness and dizziness that people experience while taking this medication, most patients are discouraged from driving or operating heavy machinery while on Amitril. The less common side effects are mania, hypotension, psychosis
, and hepatic toxicity. If you experience any of these less common symptoms you should inform your doctor immediately.
People with a history of seizures, liver
should inform their doctor of these conditions before taking Amitril. Any of these conditions may hinder the medication. Patients with heart
disease should be particularly careful because this medication can cause abnormal rhythms in the heart. Patients with bipolar disorder
might experience hypermaniac attacks if given Amitril, doctors may want to adjust the dose or prescribe a different medication. The use of Amitril hasn’t been approved for pregnant women, and it is passed through breast
milk so mothers should not nurse their children while they are on the medication.
Patients should tell their doctor about any medication that they are taking before they try Amitril. Medications like cisapride
, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, Marplan, Nardil, Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar and Parnate have negative interactions with Amitril. Any medication you are taking may react negatively with Amitril, even simple medications like sleeping pills, antihistamines, diet pills, or herbal vitamins might react negatively with Amitril and be a cause for trouble. Make certain that your doctor is made aware of every medication you are taking, even those that are non-prescription, to be safe.
Amitril should only be taken as prescribed by your doctor. The tablets are small, white and odorless and come in 10, 25, 50 and 70 mg tablets. The dosage for adults and the elderly is typically 25 to 150 mg daily depending on the severity of the condition being treated. It is very important to take the prescribed dosage as too much of the medication may affect your mental health
Amitril has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of amitril is C20H23N
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3-(10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo-[a,d]cyclohepten-5-ylidene)-N,N-dimethyl-1-propanamine
• Molecular weight is 277.403 g/mol
• Amitril available : 10mg tablets, 25mg tablets, 50mg tablets, 75mg tablets, 100mg tablets, 150mg tablets