amitryptiline hydrochloride

amitryptiline hydrochloride - should usually not exceed 150...

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1. To which category of drug does amitriptyline hydrochloride belong? 2. What is the recommended adult dose of amitriptyline hydrochloride? Why should the medication be taken at night? 3. What are the possible side-effects associated with the use of amitriptyline hydrochloride? 1. Amitriptyline hydrochloride belongs to the category of antidepressant drugs called tricyclic antidepressants (TCA’s). This category is used to treat depression and anxiety, particularly when sedation is required. It is also used to manage pain in the early acute phase of neuropathic pain, although amitriptyline is not a true analgesic; it only reduces perception of pain. 2. Amitriptyline hydrochloride: 75-150 mg o.d. (overdose). The recommended adult dose of amitriptyline hydrochloride is 75 mg daily initially up to 3-4 times a day or as a single dose at bedtime, dependent on the patient situation and severity of the depression. The maximum dose ingested
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Unformatted text preview: should usually not exceed 150 mg per day. Amitripyline hydrochloride is a tricyclic antidepressant with sedative properties, reason why the doctors recommend taking this medication at night. The drug causes drowsiness, weakness, tiredness, faintness when getting up from a sitting or lying position (due to orthostatic pressure) therefore should be better taken before going to bed. 3. The most common side effects of amitriptyline hydrochloride are: drowsiness, weakness, tiredness, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, difficulty urinating, dizziness, faintness when getting up from a sitting or lying position, persistent tremor, shuffling walk, slow speech, difficulty swallowing; may also cause cardiac arrhythmias. Amitriptyline hydrochloride is contraindicated in people who recently had myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, severe liver disease, or those with manic phase of bipolar disease (maniac-depressive disorder)....
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course CHEM 4385 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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