Get a month of TabletWise Pro for free! Click here to redeem 
 

Why it's used

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet is used to treat depression that is causing sadness, low mood, and loss of interest in patients. It is a prescription medicine. This medicine works by enhancing the amount of certain organic substances in the brain thereby helping maintain a balance. Apo-Amitriptyline is also used to treat severe headaches caused by migraine. It is also used to treat pain caused by nerve injuries, or pain in the head, neck, or behind the eyes. Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet is also used to treat uncontrolled urination while sleeping at night when other treatments have failed.
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Apo-Amitriptyline belongs to a class of medicines called Tricyclic Antidepressants. Tricyclic Antidepressants are used to treat depression, anxiety, and certain kinds of pain.

Get TabletWise Pro

Thousands of Classes to Help You Become a Better You.

How to use

Follow directions on the product label, information guide, and provided by your doctor before using Apo-Amitriptyline. Consume this medicine as per your doctor's instructions.
Apo-Amitriptyline is consumed with or without food. Apo-Amitriptyline is consumed 1-1.5 hours before sleeping for the treatment of night-time bed-wetting.

Typical Dosage

The typical adult dose of Apo-Amitriptyline is 25 mg - 50 mg daily (not more than 150 mg in one day). The maximum dose for adults of Apo-Amitriptyline is 150 mg per day per day. This medicine is commonly used for a period of 6 months for depression, and 3 months for involuntary urination while sleeping. Apo-Amitriptyline is typically used at the same time every day. It takes 2-4 weeks for neuropathic pain and antidepressant effect for this medicine to start its action. There are no known habit-forming tendencies with this medicine.
Apo-Amitriptyline is to be used for longer periods of time. Apo-Amitriptyline may be prescribed for long-term use to prevent the recurrence of low mood, loss of interest in things, and feeling of sadness caused by the major depressive disorder. You should continue to use this medicine as directed by the doctor even if you feel well.

Talk to Your Doctor

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens or if you develop new symptoms. Talk to your doctor if suicidal thoughts, anxiety, feeling restlessness, insomnia, irritability, changes in behavior or mood pattern, eye pain, changes in vision, and swelling in eyes. If you have issues with the health of your liver, a low dose will usually be prescribed to elderly patients. Consult with your doctor before stopping the use of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet.
To see the impact of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet on the body, your doctor may recommend a lower initial dose. Please follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Older patients may see an increase in the risk of side-effects. Hence, a lower dose may be recommended.
When stopping this medicine, it is possible that you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, headache, feeling of discomfort, irritability, restlessness, and disturbed sleep.

Use in Children

The safety and effectiveness of using this medicine in children has not been established. This medicine is not recommended to use in children less than 18 years. However, for the treatment of involuntary urination at night Apo-Amitriptyline can be given to children 6 years or older for a period of three months.

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid drinking alcohol with Apo-Amitriptyline.

Lab Tests

Your doctor may require that certain tests be performed before using Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet. The doctor may ask you to have Electrocardiogram test. This test may be needed before the start of use of this medicine to prevent an irregular heartbeat, also called heart rhythm disorder.

Storage

Store Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet at 20º-25ºC (68º-77ºF), away from moisture, and away from light. Keep this medicine away from children and pets.
Medicines may be given for uses other than those listed in the medicine guide. Do not use Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet for symptoms for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet to others who may have similar symptoms as you. Self-medication can cause harm.

Get TabletWise Pro

Thousands of Classes to Help You Become a Better You.

How to take Apo-Amitriptyline

Your dose and how often you take Apo-Amitriptyline will depend on the following factors:
  • age
  • patient's health
  • the health of the patient's kidneys
  • medicines recommended by the doctor
  • any other medicines being used
  • herbal supplements in use
  • response to the medicine

Apo-Amitriptyline Dosage

Dosage for depressed mood or loss of interest in activities

Adult
  • Recommended: 25 mg 2 times daily. If necessary, increase by 25 mg every other day up to 150 mg daily taken as two doses.
  • Initial: 25 mg 2 times daily
  • Maximum: 150 mg per day
Older Adults
  • Initial: 10 mg - 25 mg per day
  • Maximum: 100-150 mg per day. Doses more than 100 mg should be used with caution.

Dosage for neuropathic pain, tension headache, and migraine

Adult
  • Recommended: 25-75 mg once daily or divided into two doses
  • Initial: 10-25 mg in the evening. Doses can be increased with 10-25 mg every 3-7 days.
Older Adults
  • Initial: A starting dose of 10-25 mg in the evening is recommended. Doses above 75 mg should be used with caution.

Dosage for involuntary urination at night

Children (6-10 years)
  • Recommended: 10-20 mg per day taken 1-1.5 hours before bedtime
Children (11 years and above)
  • Recommended: 25-50 mg per day

Minimum Age

6 years

Dosage calculation for children

To calculate the dosage for children please use the weight based dose calculator to calculate the appropriate dosage as per the weight of your child.

Forms

Tablet
Strength: 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, and 150 mg
Film-coated tablet
Strength: 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, and 150 mg
Oral solution
Strength: 10 mg/5 ml

Missed Dose

A missed dose should be taken as early as you remember it. However, if the time for the next dose is almost there, then the missed dose should be skipped, and the regular dosing schedule should be continued. Avoid taking a repeated dose to make up for a missed one.

Overdose

What to do if you overdose on Apo-Amitriptyline?
If you have taken more than the recommended dose of Apo-Amitriptyline get medical advice immediately. The toxic effect can be reduced by taking activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a form of carbon that has small, low-volume pores. These pores help trap chemicals as in the case of poisoning. In the case of moderate intoxication, vomiting, cleaning out the contents of the stomach (gastric lavage) may help to reduce the toxic effects.
Symptoms of an overdose of Apo-Amitriptyline
If you use too much of this medicine, it could lead to dangerous levels of the medicine in your body. In such cases, symptoms of an overdose may include:
  • abnormally high fever
  • agitation
  • coma
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • dilation of the pupil of the eye
  • hallucination
  • heart failure
  • increased heart rate
  • increased heartbeat
  • irregular heart muscle contraction
  • lack of mental function
  • low body temperature
  • low levels of potassium in the blood
  • muscle rigidity
  • nervousness
  • sleepiness
  • slow and ineffective breathing
  • very low blood pressure
  • vomiting
If you think you have overdosed on Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet, call a poison control center immediately. You can look up the poison control center information from the Poison Center Finder at TabletWise.com.

Precautions while using Apo-Amitriptyline

Before you use Apo-Amitriptyline, tell your doctor of your medical and health history including the following:
  • a family history of suicide
  • heart disease
  • history of difficulty in urination
  • history of seizures
  • increased activity of thyroid gland
  • low mood or loss of interest in activities caused by depression
  • mood swings
  • nerve damage in an eye (also called angle-closure glaucoma)
  • treatment of mental illness using electroshock therapy
Using this medicine in these patients may worsen their condition. Patients with a family history of suicide and depression are at increased risk for bipolar disorder. In case of a history of heart disease, patients may experience an irregular heartbeat.
Before you use Apo-Amitriptyline, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or its ingredients. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine and update your medical records to record this information.
Before having any surgery, discuss with your doctor and dentist about medicines you use including prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, and herbal supplements.
The use of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet may change blood sugar. This medicine either increases or decreases blood sugar levels.

Use when Pregnant

Apo-Amitriptyline should be used only when required in patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This medicine may cause harm to infants when used by pregnant women. Use of Apo-Amitriptyline may cause a risk to infants including issues with the central nervous system, growth, and formation of the limb. This medicine should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit to the mother justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

If Breastfeeding

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet should be used while breastfeeding only when required. This medicine passes into breast milk which may cause serious harmful effects to infants. This medicine should be used during breastfeeding after only considering the importance of the drug to the mother.

If trying to Conceive

It is not known if this medicine is safe for use in women who are conceiving. Consult with your doctor before you use Apo-Amitriptyline. No data or studies on the effects of Apo-Amitriptyline on human fertility are available.

Alcohol

Limit drinking alcohol with Apo-Amitriptyline. Consumption of alcohol may cause an increase in suicidal behavior and tendencies.

Seizures

Apo-Amitriptyline can make you feel sleepy. Be careful, especially while driving, while using heavy machinery, or when doing any activity that needs you to be completely alert. The consumption of alcohol with Apo-Amitriptyline can worsen the sleepiness. Apo-Amitriptyline may cause seizures in some people. Hence, you should discuss with your doctor before performing any activities where a loss of consciousness may cause harm to you or others.

Increase in Risk

This medicine may increase your sensitivity to sunlight and make you prone to sunburn. If this happens, limit your time outdoors to prevent sunburn. Use a sunscreen and cover your skin.

Side-effects in Older Patients

Older patients may have a higher incidence of side-effects when using Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet. Elderly patients may see an increased risk of difficulty in urination, increased heartbeat, constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision or other eye-related issues, memory problems, slowing down of thinking and movement, confusion, sleepiness, delirium, and falls.

Side-effects in Children

Younger patients may have a higher incidence of side-effects with Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet. Younger patients may see an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior.

Apo-Amitriptyline Side-effects

The following side-effects may commonly occur when using Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet. If any of these side-effects worsen or last for a long time, you should consult with your doctor:
The following side-effects may commonly occur in older patients on the use of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet. Discuss with your doctor if any of these side-effects last for a long time or are severe:
Rarely, the use of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet may cause the following side-effects:
  • anxiety
  • black tongue
  • breast enlargement
  • cholestatic liver disease
  • collapse conditions
  • convulsions
  • damage of peripheral nerves (also called polyneuropathy)
  • damage to the optic nerve
  • deficiency of granulocytes in the blood
  • diarrhea
  • dilation of the urinary tract
  • disturbed focus
  • dryness of eyes
  • excessive milk production
  • excitement
  • facial swelling
  • hair loss
  • heart muscle disease
  • high blood pressure
  • high fever
  • hives
  • inability to empty the bladder
  • increased and decreased appetite
  • increased eosinophils in the blood (also called eosinophilia)
  • increased or decreased interest in sexual activity
  • inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs (also called alveolitis)
  • insomnia
  • interference with sexual function
  • low level of white blood cells
  • low levels of thrombocytes
  • mental confusion
  • mental illness
  • movement disorder
  • nightmares
  • numbness
  • pain in the upper abdomen
  • painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • paranoia
  • parotid swelling
  • purple or red discolored spots on the skin
  • rash
  • ringing in the ear
  • salivary gland enlargement
  • swollen male breast
  • swollen tongue
  • testicular swelling
  • unpleasant taste
  • urinary frequency
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • weight loss
  • white blood cell accumulation in the lung due to infection (also called Löffler's syndrome)
  • worsening of cardiac failure
The following severe side-effects may also occur when using Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet:
Your doctor has prescribed Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet because they judge that the benefit is greater than the risk posed by side-effects. Many people using this medicine do not have serious side-effects. This page does not list all possible side-effects of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet.
If you experience side-effects or notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority. You can look up the drug authority contact information from the Drug Authority Finder at TabletWise.com.

Warnings

Glucose-Galactose Absorption Issues

Patients with Glucose-Galactose absorption issues are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Such patients should not take this medicine.

Lapp Lactase Deficiency

Patients with Lapp lactase deficiency are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Such patients should not take this medicine.

Abnormal Condition of the Blood

Patients who have an abnormal condition of the blood (blood dyscrasias) are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Patients should avoid Apo-Amitriptyline if they have been diagnosed with blood dyscrasias.

Nerve Damage in the Eye

Patients who have existing nerve damage in the eye(s), are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Such patients may have an attack of angle-closure glaucoma.

Alcohol Consumption

Patients who consume alcohol are at an increased risk when using this medicine. This medicine increases the effects of alcohol on the body such as drowsiness and dizziness.

Overactive Thyroid Gland

Patients who suffer from hyperthyroidism are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Close supervision is required in such patients when using this medicine.

Heart Disease

Patients with heart disease are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Apo-Amitriptyline may cause an increased heartbeat and prolongation in the signaling time of contraction in the heart muscles in such patients.

History of Difficulty in Urination

Patients with a history of difficulty in urination are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Such patients should use this medicine cautiously.

History of Seizures

Patients with a history of seizures are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Such patients should use this medicine cautiously and consult with their doctor.

Depression

Patients with depression are at an increased risk when using this medicine. Such patients may experience worsening of their depression and the emergence of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Such patients should be monitored properly and observed closely for these changes.

Interactions with Apo-Amitriptyline

When two or more medicines are taken together, it can change how the medicines work and increase the risk of side-effects. In medical terms, this is called as a Drug Interaction.
This page does not contain all the possible interactions of Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet. Share a list of all medicines that you use with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medicines without the approval of your doctor.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet interacts with fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine, which are used to treat depression. Combined usage of these medicines may reduce the effectiveness of Apo-Amitriptyline. Take this medicine 5 weeks after withdrawal of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as fluoxetine).

Cytochrome P450 Inhibitors

There may be an interaction of Apo-Amitriptyline with cimetidine, methylphenidate and calcium-channel blockers, which are used to treat and prevent symptoms of heartburn, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and high blood pressure. These enzyme inhibitors may increase the levels of Apo-Amitriptyline in the body and lead to increased side-effects.

Antiarrhythmic Agent

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet may interact with quinidine, which is used to treat an irregular heartbeat. Taking Apo-Amitriptyline and Quinidine together may increase the possibility of an irregular heartbeat.

Centrally Acting Antihypertensives

Your doctor's guidelines may need to be followed while taking this medicine along with guanethidine, betanidine, reserpine, clonidine, and methyldopa, which are used to treat high blood pressure. Apo-Amitriptyline blocks the antihypertensive effect of these medicines. Patients should not take both medicines together.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors

Special instructions need to be followed while taking this medicine along with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, which are used to treat anxiety and depression. Combined usage of these medicines may cause fever, state of anxiety, agitation, increased reflexes, tremor, sweating, dilated pupils, and diarrhea. Patients should take Apo-Amitriptyline at least 14 days after taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Sedative-Hypnotic Carbinols

Your doctor's guidelines may need to be followed while taking this medicine along with ethchlorvynol, which is used to treat insomnia. Combined usage of these medicines may cause severe confusional state (transient delirium). Patients should be cautious when taking both medicines together.

Histamine H2 Antagonists

Special instructions need to be followed while taking this medicine along with cimetidine, which is used to treat heartburn and stomach ulcers. Cimetidine reduces the breakdown of this medicine in the liver thereby delays the elimination of Apo-Amitriptyline.

Anticholinergic Agents

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet interacts with anticholinergic agents, which are used to treat allergic conditions, drug-induced movements and gastrointestinal disorders. Combined usage of this medicine with anticholinergic agents may cause abnormal high fever and blockage of the intestine due to paralysis of the intestinal muscles (also called, paralytic ileus). Careful monitoring of dose is required in this combination.

Alcohol Antagonist Drug

There may be an interaction of Apo-Amitriptyline with disulfiram, which is used to treat severe conditions of alcohol dependence. Using this medicine with disulfiram may lead to delirium.

Central Nervous System Depressants

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet may interact with barbiturates, which are used to slow down the brain activity and to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. This medicine enhances the sleep-inducing (sedative effect) of central nervous system depressants. Patients should take necessary precautions while taking both medicines together.

Analgesics

Your doctor's guidelines may need to be followed while taking this medicine along with tramadol, which is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Combined usage of this medicine with tramadol increases the risk of seizures and serotonin syndrome. Apo-Amitriptyline changes how tramadol is processed by the body and this may lead to very high levels of tramadol in the body.

Antipsychotic Drugs

Special instructions need to be followed while taking this medicine along with thioridazine, which is used for the treatment of abnormal behavior and schizophrenia. Usage of Apo-Amitriptyline with thioridazine cause thioridazine to be not absorbed by the body. This leads to an increased risk of heart-related side-effects. Patients should not take both medicines together.

Opioid Analgesics

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet interacts with methadone, which is used to treat pain due to cancer. Combined usage of this medicine with methadone may increase the risk of serious heart problems. Patients should be cautious when taking both medicines together.

Antifungal Drugs

There may be an interaction of Apo-Amitriptyline with fluconazole and terbinafine, which are used to treat fungal infections. Combined usage of this medicine with anti-fungal drugs increase the levels of Apo-Amitriptyline in the body. This may lead to a loss of consciousness and abnormal heart rhythm.

Sympathomimetic Agents

Apo-Amitriptyline Tablet may interact with adrenaline, ephedrine, and isoprenaline, which are used to lower blood pressure and treat a heart attack. Apo-Amitriptyline increases the effects of sympathomimetic agents. Patients should not take both the medicines together.

Traveling With Medication

  • Ensure that you carry enough doses of each of your prescription medicines to last the entire trip. The best place to store your medicines is in the carry on baggage. However, while flying, if carrying liquid medicines, make sure you do not go over the limits imposed for carry-on liquids.
  • While traveling overseas, make sure that you can carry each of your prescription medicines legally to your destination country. One way to ensure this is by checking with your destination country's embassy or website.
  • Make sure that you carry each of your medicines in their original packaging, which should typically include your name and address, and the details of the prescribing doctor.
  • If your travel involves crossing time zones, and you are required to take your medicine as per a fixed schedule, make sure that you adjust for the change in time.

Expired Medication

Taking a single dose of expired Apo-Amitriptyline is unlikely to cause a side-effect. However, please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, if you feel unwell or sick. An expired medicine may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use an expired drug. You are much safer by always keeping a fresh supply of unexpired medicines.

Safe Disposal of Medication

  • If there are disposal instructions on the package, please follow the instructions.
  • If there are medicine take-back programs in your country, you should contact the respective authority to arrange for the disposal of the medicine. For example, in the USA, the Drug Enforcement Administration regularly hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events.
  • If there are no take-back programs, mix the medicine with dirt and place them in a sealed plastic bag. Throw the plastic bag in your household trash. Separately, remove all personal information including the prescription label from the medicine packaging and then dispose off the container.
  • If specifically indicated on the medicine package that it needs to be flushed down the toilet when no longer needed, perform the required step.

Sign Up