Amitriptyline is an antidepressant originally developed to treat depression and anxiety, but now it is also prescribed for pain, insomnia, and migraines. Amitriptyline increases the level of a certain chemical messenger (serotonin) that communicates between brain cells. It is believed that this messenger improves our mood, emotional state, sleep and the way our body responds to pain. But at the same time, this increase of serotonin levels can make the body feel very uncomfortable at the beginning of treatment.
Have a look at the infographic. These are the most common side effects. Sometimes, users report fast or irregular heartbeat, confusion or weakness, muscle cramps, thoughts about harming themselves or ending their life, eye pain and vision problems, and more. Fortunately, these adverse effects are quite rare.
AddictionResource authors recommend to avoid some activities due to those effects. Forget about alcohol. When it is mixed with amitriptyline, the results can be dangerous or even lethal.
Also, avoid driving, cycling, or using machinery until you know how amitriptyline affects you. Your reaction may be impaired or you can feel drowsy.
Also, it’s important to follow the doctor’s instruction. The misuse of this drug can increase the risks of serious side effects, lead to an overdose, and interfere with the process of recovery.