How much is too much?
Elavil Dosage: What is the recommended
amount of this depression medicine?
The usual starting Elavil dosage is 75 mg per day
for this depression medicine,
into two or more smaller doses. Your doctor may gradually increase your Elavil
dosage to 150 mg per day. The total daily dose for this depression medicine is
generally never higher than 200 mg.
Alternatively, your doctor may also want to start
this depression medicine at 50 mg to 100 mg at bedtime. He or she may increase
this bedtime Elavil dosage by 25 or 50 mg up to a total of 150 mg per day.
For long-term use, the usual Elavil dosage ranges
from 40 to 100 mg taken once daily, usually at bedtime.
Recommended Elavil dosage for children:
The use of Elavil is not recommended for children
under the age of 12 years old. The usual Elavil dosage for adolescents 12 years
of age and over is 10 mg, 3 times a day, with 20 mg taken at bedtime.
Elavil dosage for older adults:
The usual dose is 10 mg taken 3 times per day,
with 20 mg taken at bedtime.
overdose of Elavil can be fatal.
of Elavil overdosage may include:
Abnormally low blood pressure, confusion,
convulsions, dilated pupils and other eye problems, disturbed concentration,
drowsiness, hallucinations, impaired heart function, rapid or irregular
heartbeat, reduced body temperature, stupor, unresponsiveness or coma.
contrary to the effect of this medication are:
Agitation, extremely high body temperature,
overactive reflexes, rigid muscles, vomiting
suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Always follow your
doctors recommendations meticulously when taking your specific Elavil dosage.
Information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional Information and webpage by
Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist (Health and Geriatric Psychologist
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