Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant that is used to treat depression, neuropathic pain, migraines as well as other health conditions. It is manufactured by Accord Healthcare Limited.
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Elavil belongs to a group of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants. These drugs can be prescribed for a number of conditions, including depression, neuropathic pain and migraines. It may also be prescribed to treat bed wetting in children aged six and above.
What is depression?
Depression is a common mental health condition in the UK, with one in four adults experiencing some form of mental health issue at some pointing their lives. Unlike a general low mood, which is a part of the natural ups and downs of life, depression can be a prolonged and severe experience. Symptoms include a feeling of hopelessness, a lack of motivation and no longer finding pleasure in things you once enjoyed. In more severe cases, it can lead to self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Treatment for depression can include medications (such as the various forms of antidepressants), talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy) and lifestyle changes, with a combination of these being highly effective for even the most severe of cases.
What is neuropathic pain?
Neuropathic pain relates to pain resulting from the nerves in the body. Symptoms include a shooting, burning or stabbing ache or pain that can often feel like an electric shock. It can have many causes including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, HIV, chemotherapy, cancer, alcoholism and previous infections. Treatment will mean discovering the underlying cause of the pain and treating this. Traditional painkillers like paracetamol are thought to have little effect in managing symptoms. Antidepressants, such as Elavil, have been shown to be effective in the treatment of neuropathic pain, with the SNRI antidepressant Duloxetine found to be more effective for some.
What are migraines?
Migraines are described as a severe headache that typically appears on one side of the head and presents with many other symptoms, including auras (seeing flashing lights), sensitivity to light or sound and nausea and vomiting. Over the counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, are often ineffective in treating migraines, so other medications more likely to be prescribed. Migraines are often triggered by influences like food or stressful situations, so managing these can be one of the most effective methods of controlling the symptoms. Elavil may be prescribed to treat recurring migraines in the longer term.
How does Elavil work?
Elavil works by affecting the nerves of the spinal cord and brain. For depression, this also includes the modifying of the “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and noradrenaline, the depletion of which can lead to depressive episodes. It is not fully understood how Elavil manages the pain associated with neuropathic pain and migraines, but it is not thought to be related to depression. The most likely action that benefits these conditions is the interfering of nerve signals relating to the brain and spinal cord.
Can I buy Elavil online?
You require a valid prescription in order to buy Elavil online. Our doctors are available to complete an online consultation with you from Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm. During your appointment they can provide you with advice, make a referral to a specialist, write fit notes and prescribe medications where required.
Please refer to the leaflet and the instructions given by your prescriber when taking this treatment.
Report any side effects you get to your doctor or pharmacist. Go to hospital if you get any side effects that become serious. If you begin taking any other medications, it's important to let your prescriber know. When being issued this treatment, it's also important to let your prescriber know about any treatments you're using currently.
How should it be stored?
This medication should be kept in its original packaging and below 25℃. All medications should be kept out of reach of children.
Can I consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
It is not recommended that you consume alcohol while taking this medication as it can increase its sedative effects.
Is it safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Because this medication does present a risk to your baby, you should speak with your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant during treatment. It will then need to be assessed whether the risks associated with the medication outweigh its benefits.
Can I buy it over the counter?
No, you will need a prescription in order to obtain this medication from your local pharmacy.
How can I buy Elavil online?
You can buy Elavil online from us after undertaking a video consultation with one of our GMC registered doctors. In order to be provided this treatment you will need to have previously been prescribed it from a face to face consultation with your doctor. Once in possession of the prescription it can be forwarded on to our GPhC-registered pharmacy before being sent on to our next day courier service, in discreet packaging.
The video consultation service is available to access from 9.30am until 4.30pm, five days a week, during which we may also be able to provide fit notes and access to specialists if appropriate.
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