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Amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip) - Side Effects

Abstract: What are the possible side effects of amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip)?

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Amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip) - Side Effects

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Written by: , 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.

What are the possible side effects of Amitriptyline (Elavil/Saroten/Endep/Vanatrip)?


  • If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Amitriptyline and your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment:
    · an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
    · seizures;
    · a fast or irregular heartbeat;
    · a heart attack;
    · high blood pressure (blurred vision, headache);
    · difficulty urinating; or
    · fever with increased sweating, muscle stiffness, or severe muscle weakness.
  • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Amitriptyline and talk to your doctor if you experience
    · drowsiness or dizziness;
    · dry mouth and eyes;
    · constipation;
    · mild tremor;
    · sweating;
    · mild agitation, weakness, or headache;
    · ringing in the ears;
    · nausea; or
    · loss of weight or appetite.
  • Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
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