What is the most important information I should know about Amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip)? What should I avoid while taking it?
- It may be 4 weeks or more before you start to feel better, but do not stop taking Amitriptyline without first talking to your doctor.
- Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Amitriptyline may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.
- Dizziness is likely to occur when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a possible fall.
- Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Amitriptyline.
- Do not stop taking Amitriptyline suddenly. This could cause symptoms such as nausea, headache, and malaise.