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Elavil Tapering

Elavil’s toxicity is a grave concern, literally, given its high risk of suicidality. In fact, Elavil is reportedly the #1 drug for suicides. For this reason alone, considering Elavil tapering should be of the highest priority.

At Alternative to Meds Center, we offer a designed-for-you Elavil tapering program that is administered exactingly, professionally, and compassionately.

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If you are looking for information on Elavil tapering, please note that in the US, the brand name Elavil is more commonly sold under hundreds of other names, such as these: Endep, Nextrip, Gentrip, Amiwel, and many other various names. This drug of many names is generally prescribed as a last resort to treat depression, where other types of SSRI’s or other antidepressant drugs have not resulted in the desired outcome for the patient.

For clarity, everything regarding Elavil tapering in this article will apply to drugs sold under any of the other brand names.

One of the most concerning points to mention, whether you are starting or stopping Elavil, is that this drug is believed to be the #1 drug for deaths due to suicide. A recent research paper named Elavil (amitriptyline) as being linked to 4 of every 10 antidepressant-related suicides.1

Many drugs are known to cause suicidal thinking, not just the tricyclic types but Elavil, et. al., are especially of concern due to the extremely high numbers as reported by the US Poison Control Centers as mentioned above. This may lead one to consider that getting off Elavil may be a good health choice for you or your loved one.

FDA WARNING: NEVER ATTEMPT ELAVIL CESSATION COLD-TURKEY OR ALL AT ONCE. TO DO SO MAY HAVE SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE HEALTH IMPACTS.2,3

What is Elavil Prescribed to Treat?

The antidepressant drug Elavil and its many other namesakes have been prescribed for a vast and wide array of disorders and troubles, not just for depression. These disorders or conditions would affect a very wide cross-section of various populations. If Elavil did not provide the relief that was being sought, there may be quite a number of benefits of trying to quit Elavil.

The Alternative to Meds Center uses safer alternatives than toxic drugs. Symptoms can be lessened and even entirely eliminated without neurotoxic, suicide-inspiring prescription drugs. The center has helped many thousands of clients who were struggling with how to get off Elavil or other drugs safely and comfortably. The recommended way according to the FDA as well as many other health authorities is to withdraw from Elavil using a slow and gradual approach which can considerably ease the Elavil tapering process and shorten the length of time one might experience these withdrawal effects.3

Special Health Advisory for SSRI Drugs

As will be covered in more detail below, there are instances which DO call for an immediate and abrupt Elavil cessation, but these are rare and require a hospital setting to successfully avoid injury or death. In all other circumstances, the FDA strongly cautions against the cold-turkey method of getting off Elavil. (see more below)

Gradual Elavil Tapering Recommended in All Other Cases

In most cases, abruptly stopping Elavil is not recommended because doing so can result in major health problems, as well as prolonged Elavil withdrawal symptoms. These can linger for a very long time. Long and difficult withdrawals are referred to as protracted Elavil withdrawal.The Alternative to Meds Center protocols are used to avoid protracted withdrawals during and after Elavil tapering programs. 

Safe Approach to Withdrawal from Elavil, Nextrip, Endep et.al.

Anyone who is considering trying to quit Elavil would be well advised to seek competent help so that a plan can be set up to carefully follow, and of course with Elavil tapering being overseen by a trusted and experienced medical practitioner. Properly monitored Elavil tapering could be a life or death matter in some individuals, due to Elavil’s toxicity characteristics and possible negative effects not only on neurochemistry, but on the body’s respiratory system, heart, and many other vital organs.

Elavil is no longer approved for prescribing to children or teens, as the FDA black box stipulates, due to the extremely high suicide risks.2 However, adults also experience suicidal reactions as previously mentioned. We cannot overstate the importance of seeking an Elavil tapering program that provides 24/7 monitoring and careful oversight so that these concerns can be adequately monitored.

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A Drug for all Seasons

Perhaps you might have been prescribed Elavil for any of the following:

  • Panic disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Premenstrual issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chronic hiccups
  • Body Dysmorphic disorders
  • Bedwetting
  • Insomnia
  • Quitting smoking

Research tells us that the list goes on and on. However, a prescription of Elavil may not have helped with these conditions. Additionally, taking a toxic drug such as Elavil may have even caused other unwanted symptoms to begin to emerge that you never had before taking Elavil. This may have resulted in an overall worsening of health rather than any real or actual improvements to your health and is noted on the FDA label as a possible outcome of taking Elavil.2

It is not at all uncommon to have been prescribed Elavil unnecessarily. Why does this happen so often? It is quite possible that a searching, thorough medical examination was never done before prescribing Elavil. it is possible that underlying root causes for undesirable symptoms may have been overlooked before beginning a toxic drug regimen in haste. And, that could only mask symptoms, and only temporarily at that.

Unfortunately, with toxic drugs, there can be a whole range of additional health consequences. These may lead to the decision of getting off Elavil. This can be turned to one’s advantage, however, where a person then has the opportunity of exploring other treatment approaches to find relief from their original symptoms. Symptoms can be like guideposts that show the way to the correction of deficiencies, toxic accumulations, or other correctable reasons that health has not been robust and free from discomforts.

To Find Out More About How to Get Off Elavil Safely and Comfortably

Please contact us at Alternative to Meds Center for much more information about our programs that have helped so many trying to quit Elavil or other toxic prescription drugs. We can explain the various treatments and protocols used to make Elavil cessation a comfortable and transformative, health-restoring experience.

We invite you to find out more about how Elavil tapering can be part of a much more broad and comprehensive health program, one that can allow a person to start to be freed of their original symptoms that prescription drugs did not and could not fix.


1. Nelson JC, Spyker DA “Morbidity and mortality associated with medications used in the treatment of depression: an analysis of cases reported to US Poison Control Centers, 2004-2014” American Journal of Psychiatry [INTERNET] January 2017 [cited June 4, 2020] 

2. FDA Label Amitriptyline, published by drug manufacturer Sandoz, section entitled “Medication Guide” [INTERNET] N.D. [cited June 4, 2020]

3. Shelton RC “Steps Following Attainment of Remission: Discontinuation of Antidepressant Therapy”  US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] 2001 [cited June 4, 2020] 



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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