Amitriptyline is a prescription medication used among people suffering from depression. The drug has a sedative effect. It should be used only as directed by a doctor. However, sometimes it may be recommended for purposes not listed in the instructions for use. Before using this medicine, you must consult your doctor.
Before taking Amitriptyline, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines and vitamins you take in order to avoid possible negative drug interactions. Amitriptyline in New Zealand is not recommended if you are taking some other antidepressants.
The drug is contraindicated to people, who have allergic reactions to the drug’s components, as well as to people, who are under 12 years old.
Tell your doctor if you have ever experienced the following conditions: psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia, heart disease, kidney problems, suicidal behavior, urinary disorders, diabetes, and others. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you have ever experienced a heart attack or a stroke. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should regularly visit your doctor and consult about your health condition. At the initial stage of the treatment, there is a possibility of the occurrence of suicide thoughts. The patients should always be under the supervision of close people, who should be warned about possible changes in the patient's behavior.
The dosage may be changed at the physician’s discretion, depending on the treatment results.
Usually the patient's condition is improved within a month after the start of the therapy. You should continue the treatment, even if you have experienced a significant improvement. If you have been taking the drug for a long time, but do not experience any relief, then you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
It is forbidden to abruptly stop taking the drug. This may cause negative consequences. If the doctor thinks that you should stop using the drug, then you will be given special advice on how to properly stop using Amitriptyline in New Zealand. Maintenance therapy usually lasts up to 3 months.
Drinking alcohol during the treatment with this medication is strictly prohibited due to the high likelihood of dangerous adverse reactions.
The total daily recommended dosage of Amitriptyline for adult patients with depression is 75 mg divided into several doses. If necessary, at the discretion of the doctor, it can be increased to 150 mg.
With maintenance therapy, the dosage is 40-100 mg.
For children over 12 years of age suffering from depression, the drug is usually prescribed in the dosage of 10 mg 3 times a day orally.
In no case change the individual dosage that has been recommended by your doctor. Take your medicine exactly as prescribed and consult the doctor if you have any questions. The correct dosage can only be determined by a doctor.
Common adverse reactions include potency problems, rashes, nausea, diarrhea, taste changes in the mouth, and breast swelling within both women and men.
Signs of an allergy, such as a rash, redness, swelling, are serious side effects, and they can cause dangerous negative consequences. If you experience any of these reactions, you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you experience any negative symptoms, then you should contact your doctor. The information on the drug in the article is not complete. Your healthcare provider will give you complete information on possible adverse reactions and interactions.