Amitriptyline (Generic Elavil)
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Amitriptyline is a preventive medication for migraines that reduces migraine frequency. It is classed as a tricyclic antidepressant and is regularly prescribed as a prophylactic medication used to treat migraines. The medication is still awaiting FDA-approval for the prevention of migraines, despite a number of studies proving its efficacy. Amitriptyline is known to increase the number of neurotransmitters in the brain that affect well-being and mood, most notably serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in the regulation of blood vessels during a migraine attack. It should not be used by anyone under the age of 18. Amitriptyline is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Possible Side Effects of Amitriptyline
Like any medication, some unwanted effects can occur. Although not all of the below side effects may occur, if they do, you may want to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Common side effects
Weakness or tiredness
Pain, burning or tingling in the hands or feet
Changes in sex drive or ability
Changes in appetite or weight
Severe side effects
Slowed or difficult speech
Dizziness or fainting
Weakness or numbness of an arm or a leg
Crushing chest pain
Rapid, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
Severe skin rash or hives
Swelling of the face and tongue
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms
Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
It is recommended that you contact your doctor immediately if one of the above occurs or becomes frequent.
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