Elavil (amitriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA), which works on parts of the brain responsible for mood and the perception of pain. It does so by affecting the balance of neurotransmitters like serotonin in the brain. Elavil improves the user’s mood, relieves anxiety and tension, improves sleep, increases energy levels, and provides an overall better sense of well-being for the user. In addition to treatment of mood-related disorders, Elavil is sometimes prescribed for off-label conditions such as panic disorder, postherpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, bulimia, and migraine headaches.

As with any mood-altering drug, there is the potential for abuse as the user attempts to reach a better “high.” Achieving an enhanced level mood from Elavil is highly unlikely, but serious side effects from altered dosing can occur – and people under the age of twenty-four have been reported as being more susceptible to these. Side effects include the following: worsening depression, panic attacks, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, impulsive behavior, sleep issues, aggression, and suicidal thoughts.

If you’ve seen signs of side effects such as these and have questions or need help, we’re here for you. Call The Recovery Village hotline today to speak with a specialist who can assist you in learning more about Elavil.