What is amitriptyline and why is it prescribed?
Amitriptyline is used to relieve the chronic (long-term) pain of arthritis and related conditions. It relaxes muscles and improves sleep, and it may also help with anxiety or depression resulting from the pain. Read more
How do I take amitriptyline and how long does it take to work?
Amitriptyline is usually taken as tablets or syrup once a day, about two hours before bedtime. The usual dose for chronic pain is 5–50 mg daily. It may take several weeks before it starts to work. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of amitriptyline?
The most common side-effect of amitriptyline is a dry mouth, but you may also feel drowsy or spaced out during the day. Reducing the dose may help but side-effects do tend to lessen after a time. Read more
Can amitriptyline affect other medicines and treatments?
Some drugs interact with amitriptyline, so check with your doctor before starting any new medications, and you should always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re taking amitriptyline. Read more
Can I drink alcohol while I'm on amitriptyline?
It's recommended you should avoid alcohol while you're on amitriptyline because it increases the effects of alcohol and may make you more drowsy. This is especially important if you’re driving or using machinery. Read more
Does amitriptyline affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Amitriptyline doesn't affect fertility for men or women and is unlikely to be harmful if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Read more