FDA Approves AstraZeneca's Elavil

Elavil is the discontinued brand name for Amitriptyline that was manufactured by Astrazeneca. Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant with sedative effects that was used in the treatment of depression.

Elavil is in a group of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Elavil affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced.

Elavil is used to treat symptoms of depression.

This medication is used to treat mental/mood problems such as depression. It may help improve mood and feelings of well-being, relieve anxiety and tension, help you sleep better, and increase your energy level. This medication belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by affecting the balance of certain natural chemicals (neurotransmitters such as serotonin) in the brain.

Elavil (amitriptyline) belongs to a class of similar drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Elavil is prescribed to treat depression, bulimia (an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging), chronic pain from a variety of conditions including fibromyalgia, reduce the incidence of chronic headache or migraine, ulcers, uncontrollable hiccups, primary (childhood onset) insomnia, and to control the involuntary crying and laughing experienced by individuals with multiple sclerosis.

It may take a few weeks to experience the full benefits of Elavil treatment; individuals taking it are encouraged to expect up to a 30 day wait before seeing improvement. Elavil's effectiveness depends on building up a steady dose of the medication in your body and maintaining it over time.