At a glance
- Drug Name: Amitriptyline HCI
- Common names: Elavil, Amitrol, Endep, Levate, Laroxyl and Saroten
- Drug Type: Tricyclic Behaviour Modifier, Antipruritic, Neuropathic Pain Modifier
- Used For: Behaviour disorders, pruritis (itching), idiopathic cystitis, chronic neuropathic pain
- Species: Humans, cats, dogs, birds
- Administered: Tablet
What is amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline (am-e-trip’-ta-lean) is a prescription-only tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) which is sold under the brand names Elavil, Amitrol, Endep, Levate, Laroxyl and Saroten, it is used in both human and veterinary medicine.
Amitriptyline was discovered in 1960 and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in humans in 1961. The drug has not been approved by the FDA for use in cats but is commonly prescribed extra-label.
Amitriptyline is on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.