Elavil (Amitriptyline) for Migraine | MyMigraineTeam

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The Elavil brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. Generic alternatives may be available.


Elavil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Elavil is also known by its drug name, Amitriptyline. Elavil has shown effectiveness at helping prevent migraines. Since this usage has not been approved by the FDA, it is considered “off-label.” Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. Elavil is believed to work by changing the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

How do I take it?

Elavil is generally taken once or twice a day. Elavil comes in tablet form.

Side effects

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 worsening depression and suicidal thoughts.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Elavil – RxList 

Elavil – Migraine.com

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