3/3/08 #4 - Weight gain from Elavil (amitriptyline)?

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I have been taking Elavil (amitriptyline) for about 10 months and am gaining weight like crazy.   I don't have any other explanations, I am working out and eating the same as I always have.   Is 16 lbs a normal weight gain for this medication? Cherie.


Dear Cherie;

Weight gain is a common side effect of amitriptyline. The amount of weight gained varies from person so person; 16 pounds is not unusual. Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline are older drugs. There are newer antidepressants with fewer potential side effects. Discuss this issue with your doctor.

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John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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