Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) used for the treatment of mood disorders and pain perception. On occasion, Elavil is also prescribed to treat off-label conditions such as migraine headaches, peripheral neuropathy, neuralgia, panic disorder, and bulimia.
TCAs work by increasing or balancing the level of serotonin in the brain, causing an improvement in the user’s mood. Signs that Elavil is working include increased energy, better sleep, relief from anxiety and tension, mood stabilization, and a generalized sensation of better overall well-being.
Mood-altering drugs are considered safe when used as prescribed, but they often are the subject of misuse. As the user attempts to achieve a better sensation of well-being, they sometimes take it upon themselves to change their dosing – either taking more of the drug or taking it more frequently. With Elavil, the achievement goal of a new “high” is unlikely, but serious side effects are not. Adverse side effects of self-managed dosing include onset of aggression, agitation, hostility, impulsive actions, hyperactivity, panic attacks, worsening depression, and suicidal thoughts. These side effects are most of concern to individuals 24-years and younger, as reports show this is the group most susceptible.
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