Elavil Side Effects : Your
Medication for Depression?
Elavil side-effects cannot be anticipated for this
medication for depression:
Elavil side effects cannot really
anticipated. If Elavil side effects develop or change
in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your physician can
determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Elavil or any other
medications for depression.
Older adults are especially
vulnerable to certain Elavil side effects, including rapid heartbeat,
constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision, sedation, and confusion, and are in
much greater danger of sustaining a fall.
Elavil side effects may
Abnormal movements, anxiety,
black tongue, blurred vision, breast development in males, breast enlargement,
coma, confusion, constipation, delusions, diarrhea, difficult or frequent
urination, difficulty in speech, dilation of pupils, disorientation, disturbed
concentration, dizziness in getting up, dizziness or lightheadedness,
drowsiness, dry mouth, excessive or spontaneous flow of milk, excitement,
fatigue, fluid retention, hair loss, hallucinations, headache, heart
attack, hepatitis, high blood
pressure, high fever, high or low blood sugar, hives, impotence, inability to
sleep, increased or decreased sex drive, increased perspiration, increased
pressure within the eye, inflammation of the mouth, intestinal obstruction,
irregular heartbeat, lack or loss of coordination, loss of appetite, low blood
pressure, nausea, nightmares, numbness, rapid and or fast, fluttery heartbeat,
rash, red or purple spots on the skin, restlessness, ringing in the ears,
seizures, sensitivity to light, stomach upset, strange taste, stroke, swelling
due to fluid retention in the face and tongue, swelling of testicles, swollen
glands, tingling and pins and needles in the arms and legs, tremors, vomiting,
weakness, weight gain or loss, yellowed eyes and skin.
Elavil side effects due to rapid decrease or
Headache, nausea, or a vague feeling of bodily discomfort.
Elavil side effects due to gradual dosage
reduction may include:
Dream and sleep disturbances, irritability, and restlessness.
Why should this medication for depression not
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction
to Elavil or similar drugs such as Norpramin and Tofranil, you should not take
this medication for depression. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any drug
reactions or Elavil side effects you may experience. Also, you should not take
Elavil while taking other drugs known as MAO inhibitors. Drugs in this category
include the depression medications Nardil and Parnate. Finally, unless you are
directed to do so by your physician, do not take this medication for depression
if you are recovering from a heart attack.
While the above listing is quite
comprehensive, it should never be considered a complete listing o Elavil side
By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist
Ph.D Candidate (Health Psychology)
Information provided by
The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition
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