Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Elavil is sometimes prescribed to manage neuropathic pain, a common side effect of myeloma treatment. Research has also found some evidence that Elavil may help kill myeloma cells. Elavil is also known by its drug name, amitriptyline.
Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant and an analgesic. Elavil is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, in the brain.
How do I take it?
Elavil is generally taken once or twice a day.
Elavil comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Elavil lists common side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth. Elavil may also cause weight gain, constipation, trouble urinating, and blurred vision.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Elavil include suicidal thoughts and behaviors, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Elavil — RxList
The antidepressant amitriptyline shows potent therapeutic activity against multiple myeloma — Anticancer Drugs
Pain, Pain, Go Away: Antidepressants and Pain Management — National Center for Biotechnology Information
Managing Treatment-Related Peripheral Neuropathy in Patients with Multiple Myeloma — OncologyNurseAdvisor