Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant with sedative effects. It’s approved to treat depression. But in lower doses, it is prescribed for conditions like pain, migraines, and insomnia.
Like any medication, amitriptyline can cause side effects. The specific symptoms vary from person to person. You may experience some of the common effects shown in this infographic, or you may not notice serious changes in your well-being at all. Anyway, it’s useful to know about potential uncomfortable symptoms and the ways to cope with them.
Aside from the effects mentioned in the infographic, you may feel confusion, constipation, tremor, insomnia, dizziness, or blurred vision. Usually, these symptoms are mild, and they may fade in a few days or weeks.
Severe effects are rare but they require immediate medical help. They include rapid or irregular heart rate, chest pain and shortness of breath (the signs of a heart attack), weakness on one side of the body and slurred speech (the signs of a stroke).
AddictionResource authors say that the best way to avoid potential adverse consequences is to stick to your doctor’s instructions – take a recommended dose and use the tablets at the same time every day.
Infographic by: addictionresource.com