General information about Amitriptyline
Amitriptyline (or amytripilyn) is a medication that treats mental or mood problems, removes anxiety, reduces pain and contributes to better night sleep. It belongs to the class of tricyclic antidepressants that were created for the treatment of anxiety and depression. However, taken at a low dose such medicines are able to manage pain.
Amitriptyline Mechanism of Action
The medication affects the brain increasing the level of serotonin in it. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter sent to the nerves all over the body to enhance the mood and emotional state of the patient. It also improves sleep and changes the reactions of the body to pain.
When you increase serotonin levels, pain is perceived differently by the person. It’s impossible to cure the depression taking a low Amitriptyline dose. However, it’ll help to decrease pain, relax muscles and sleep better at night.
How to Take Medication
The medication is taken by mouth from one to four times a day. Do it at the same time each day to increase efficacy.
It’s usually advised to start with a low Amitriptyline dosage to reduce the risk of side effects and then increase it. Children under 12 shouldn’t take the medication. Those who are over 12, take Amitriptyline 10mg tablets three times a day. The dose taken at bedtime is 20 mg. This is also a usual dose for some conditions of an adult patient. The patients taking over 100mg daily need a special doctor’s attention.
It’s necessary to take the medicine for several weeks to make the most of it. It can take 30 days to achieve a full therapeutic effect. The regular checks at the doctor are necessary to make dose adjustments depending upon clinical response.
Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can cause withdrawal symptoms. Patients taking off the drug slowly usually don’t have health problems.
Amitriptyline Side Effects
The person should be cautious when taking Amitriptyline. The treatment course can provoke a range of unwanted conditions that include:
- Poor balance control
- Difficulty with concentration
- Stiff muscles
- Problems with stomach and so on
The patient can feel irritation. The mood changes suddenly.
Some side effects need only dose adjustment, while others go away as soon as the body gets used to the medication. If they continue to bother you, contact a health care professional.