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Elavil Side Effects : Your Medication for Depression?


Elavil side-effects cannot be anticipated for this medication for depression:

Elavil side effects cannot really be medication for depression elavil side effectsanticipated. 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 include:

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 abrupt withdrawal:

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 be prescribed?

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 effects.

By Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist  (Health Psychology) 

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