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Hi, I’ve been using several antidepressive drugs and recently I’ve heard for one called elevil. Has anyone here used it? How good is it and which side effects it has? Thanks.

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Amitriptyline (Brand names are Elevil and Endep) is antidepressant drug and it it used in depressive illness of psychotic or endogenous nature and patients with neurotic depression. Like many others, amitriptyline may precipitate hypomanic episodes in patients with bipolar depression. This is what I found on one site under WARNINGS – be sure to check it
“Amitriptyline should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures, impaired liver function, a history of hepatic damage or blood dyscrasias and, because of its atropine-like action, in patients with a history of urinary retention, or with narrow-angle glaucoma or increased intraocular pressure. In patients with narrow-angle glaucoma, even average doses may precipitate an attack.
There has been a report of fatal dysrhythmia occurring as late as 56 hours after amitriptyline overdose.
Patients with cardiovascular disorders should be watched closely. Tricyclic antidepressant drugs, including amitriptyline, particularly when given in high doses, have been reported to produce arrhythmias, sinus tachycardia, and prolongation of the conduction time.
A few instances of unexpected deaths have been reported in patients with cardiovascular disorders. Myocardial infarction and stroke have also been reported with drugs of this class. Therefore, these drugs should be used with caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease, such as myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure.
Concurrent administration of amitriptyline and electroshock therapy may increase the hazards of therapy. Such treatment should be limited to patients for whom it is essential.
Close supervision is required when amitriptyline is given to hyperthyroid patients or those receiving thyroid medication. “

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yeah mom had tried it for 2 weeks, it caused her urine retention ...
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