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Amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip) Non-Addictive Medicine for Insomnia and Depression

Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.

First version: 22 Jul 2008. Latest revision: 28 Jul 2008.

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 What is Amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip)?

Answer:

  • Amitriptyline is in a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.
  • Amitriptyline is used to relieve symptoms of depression such as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt; loss of interest in daily activities; changes in appetite; tiredness; sleeping too much; insomnia; and thoughts of death or suicide. It is also sometimes used to treat certain types of pain.
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