Common Brands Elavil (brand no longer available)
Drug Class
Tricyclic antidepressant
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Amitriptyline, often sold under the brand name Elavil, was first developed in the 1960s as an antidepressant. It has since gained popularity for its versatility in treating various health conditions. Amitriptyline works by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters, including serotonin and norepinephrine, in the brain. This action helps regulate mood and alleviate symptoms associated with depression and other disorders.

Amitriptyline is a prescription medication, and it should only be taken under the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. It is essential to have a thorough discussion with your healthcare provider regarding your medical history, other medications you are taking, and any potential risks or benefits associated with amitriptyline before starting treatment.



Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation