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Medication type:

Tricyclic antidepressant

Other names:
  • Amitriptyline "Ammy-TRIP-ti-leen"
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What can it be used for?

  • 18 & Over
    If you are 16 or over, the doctor can prescribe amitriptyline for you as a licensed medicine for depression
  • Under 18
    If you are under 16, there is less research about its use and effectiveness for depression in young people.

Ways to take and what's in it?

  • Tablets

    10mg, 25mg and 50mg strengths available

  • Liquids

    Available in two strengths – 25mg in 5ml and 50mg in 5ml

Amitriptyline is made by a number of different companies. Lots of manufacturers make amitriptyline medicines.

Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant medicine. A tricyclic antidepressant medicine helps to lift your mood. They are used for other symptoms, however, including bedwetting and to help with nerve pain.

Amitriptyline can be used to treat depression.

One of its side-effects can make you feel sleepy, so it can be helpful for people who also feel agitated and anxious, and who do not sleep well.

It can also be used to help people who get depression with schizophrenia.

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