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Elavil Withdrawal

About Elavil Withdrawal

Elavil withdrawal side effects can occur when Elavil has been discontinued and can be severe, even life-threatening, especially when stopped too quickly or suddenly. Elavil withdrawal symptoms can include physical, emotional or mental adverse effects: emotional lability such as periods of crying “out of the blue”, i.e. for no observable reason, nervousness, jitteriness and anxiety, becoming irrationally irritable or paranoid, deepened depressive symptoms, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, altered perceptions, and others. Physical symptoms can include nausea, dizziness, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, and a host of others. Elavil withdrawal can begin to emerge after missing a single dose or when trying to quit with incremental cuts. At the Alternative to Meds Center, we aim to help our clients greatly reduce or entirely prevent these side effects with our scientific approach to Elavil withdrawal and to treating depression.

Why does stopping Elavil cause withdrawal symptoms?

An individual may or may not be imbalanced chemically in their brain to begin with. However, the medication can cause real imbalances to develop such as a serotonin deficiency. Antidepressants do not help to make serotonin, they stop the reuptake, causing an artificial build-up to remain suspended outside the nerve synapses. Serotonin is supposed to be re-up-taken, meaning reabsorbed, so that the synapse may use it again. In this case, the serotonin degrades and becomes unusable. It has been lost. It’s similar to the way that Cocaine or other similar drugs can temporarily combat depression but for a short time only. Drugs generally only spend all of these suspended neurotransmitters, but no new neurochemicals are being created by any drug. When an individual is in Elavil withdrawal, they may suffer overstimulation, or even symptoms similar to OCD and Tourette’s, nervousness, agitation, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and so on. This is often because of the now truly present imbalance in the individual’s brain, commonly a serotonin deficiency. There is also a risk for a condition called hyponatremia, or critically low sodium associated with Elavil withdrawal. (1) To avoid these risks, professional Elavil withdrawal treatment should be obtained to safely monitor and help lessen withdrawal. Through minimizing your health risk, and maximizing your safety with proper Elavil cessation treatment you can soon begin to focus on your new Elavil-free life.

What is Elavil?

This medication is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) ( named for the 3 atom rings in its molecular structure ) and acts predominantly as a reuptake inhibitor of serotonin and norepinephrine, and to a lesser extent, dopamine. Tricyclics were discovered during the 1950s amidst the birth of psychopharmacology, however, they were not released until the next decade. When a person takes Elavil, it releases and then suspends or blocks these neurotransmitters along the neuronal pathways. TCAs also block transmission of acetylcholine, from entering cholinergic synapses. Acetylcholine is another natural neurochemical that is responsible for regulating mood, memory and many other vital functions. Blocking acetylcholine causes an anti-cholinergic effect, accounting for some of the extreme side effects associated with Elavil. Don’t allow Elavil to take over your life.

What are the risks of using Elavil?

Elavil is notorious for the numbers of suicides it has been linked to. It is the #1 drug for suicides of all antidepressant medications. (2) There are other risks as well. Anticholinergic drugs such as Elavil are significantly linked with dementia, according to some long-term and recent pharmacological studies. (3) Apart from the side effects of Elavil on its own, tricyclics can become dangerous when mixed with other drugs. Irregular heart rhythms and other dangerous side effects may occur when mixed with other tricyclics, alcohol, opioids, antihistamines, cold medications, other antidepressants, and quite a number of other drugs. When taken together, they can magnify the effects of both substances. Increased cardiac issues may present when TCAs are mixed with SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Combined use with other kinds of antidepressants or anything that suppresses the CNS may increase the risk of seizures, coma, low blood pressure, serotonin syndrome, or death. These risks are just some of the potential reasons that may require Elavil withdrawal in order for the user to avoid serious health issues. You can stop struggling with depression and Elavil withdrawal right now.

Why do people stop taking Elavil?

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Side effects and the aforementioned health risks are some of the most common reasons users may opt for trying to quit Elavil use. The condition. However, many medication users simply want to feel connected to life again. There are now many effective ways to treat and manage depression or other conditions more naturally. It is possible to stop suffering from medication side effects, medication dependency or addiction, and Elavil withdrawal symptoms. Our drug treatment program provides professional Elavil cessation help to walk individuals through the process of stopping this medication gently and gradually and as comfortably as possible. Don’t wait any longer to embark on your passage to wellness.

How can Elavil withdrawal be eased?

The Alternative to Meds Center’s program employs targeted nutrients and oral supplements which boost serotonin production. This has many benefits not only to reduce the withdrawal symptoms of Elavil but also to correct deficiencies that may have contributed to depression in the first place. This is why we focus on discovering the medical reasons why the individual was originally suffering from depression or other troublesome symptoms. We want our clients to achieve long-lasting success by being free of prescription medication and also being free of their original symptomology. Our program additionally includes the use of lab tests, natural substances to support and stabilize neurochemistry, and safe, gentle methods for stopping Elavil. Contact us at the Alternative to Meds Center to find out more about the benefits of removing accumulated environmental neurotoxins, gaining peer support, personal exercise training, yoga, massage therapy, and many other natural therapies that can fight depression and provide comprehensive Elavil withdrawal help.

  1. Article published in the US National Library of Medicine, authors P. Davison and J. Wardrope, Jan 8, 1993, entitled “Acute amitriptyline withdrawal and hyponatremia. A case report.”, accessed October 19, 2019.
  2. Article published Feb. 24, 2017, by T. Haelle, MS, entitled “Antidepressant Death Found Most Often With Amitriptyline” online:, accessed October 19, 2019.
  3. Article published by Harvard Women’s Health, June 14, 2018, entitled, “Two types of drugs you may want to avoid for the sake of your brain.” online:, accessed October 19, 2019.

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