Some antidepressant drugs have led to an increase in suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and adolescents under the age of 24. These effects are most likely to occur during the first few months of treatment or if the dosage is altered. Young people with a family history of mental health issues may be more at risk for developing suicidal thoughts. Call your doctor right away if you notice any sudden or severe changes in thinking, mood, emotions, or actions, especially if these changes worry you.
If you are currently taking or have recently taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), especially within the last two weeks, your doctor should know before you begin treatment with this drug. Do not use this medication if you have ever had a heart attack. If you are over 65 years old, your doctor may suggest an alternative medication for depression; Elavil is not recommended for use by elderly persons.
Be sure to disclose your entire health history and let your doctor know if you have ever experienced glaucoma, issues with your prostate, seizures, a history of schizophrenia, liver, kidney, or heart disease, or thyroid issues. Tell your doctor if you currently drink alcohol in excess, or if you have experienced alcohol addiction in the past. If you have had any reactions to similar medications, be sure to inform you doctor of which ones and what type of reaction you had.
If you are regularly taking any other prescription medications or dietary supplements, ask your doctor or pharmacist about interactions before taking Elavil. This drug may interact with other medications or supplements including:
- Other antidepressant medications
- Antacid medications
- Herbal supplements such as St. John’s wort
- Medications for sleep issues
- Antipsychotic drugs
- Blood pressure pills
- Some vitamins and minerals