Active ingredient: Amitriptyline
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What is amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline belongs to a group of medicines called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). It is used to treat depression and some other conditions.
Find out more about
- What amitriptyline does and how effective it is
- Who amitriptyline is for and who should be cautious
- Side effects of amitriptyline
- Interactions with amitriptyline
- Brands of amitriptyline
If you are starting amitriptyline, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.
For more information
- Starting, switching and stopping antidepressants
- Managing side effects of antidepressants
- Psychological therapies
The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of amitriptyline is available from our website or a pharmacist. The CMI includes:
- how to take this medicine
- what to do if you forget to take it
- if you take too much (overdose)
- things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
- signs of severe reactions and what to do.
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- Psychotropic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic, Version 6. In: eTG complete [CD-ROM]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2008.
- Alphapharm Pty Ltd. Endep consumer medicine information. 7 May 2008. (Accessed 22 March 2012).
- Williams JW Jr, Mulrow CD, Chiquette E, et al. A systematic review of newer pharmacotherapies for depression in adults: evidence report summary. Ann Intern Med 2000;132:743–56. [PubMed]
- National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (UK). Depression: the treatment and management of depression in adults (updated edition). Leicester (UK): British Psychological Society, 2010. [PubMed].