What happens if I miss a dose (Vanatrip)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Vanatrip)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of amitriptyline can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include uneven heartbeats, extreme drowsiness, confusion, agitation, vomiting, hallucinations, feeling hot or cold, muscle stiffness, seizure (convulsions), or fainting.
What should I avoid while taking amitriptyline (Vanatrip)?
Do not drink alcohol. It can cause dangerous side effects when taken together with amitriptyline.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Amitriptyline can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
What other drugs will affect amitriptyline (Vanatrip)?
Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by amitriptyline. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines, or any other antidepressants.
Before taking amitriptyline, tell your doctor if you have used an "SSRI" antidepressant in the past 5 weeks, such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- methimazole (Tapazole);
- nicardipine (Cardene);
- ropinirole (Requip);
- St. John's wort;
- ticlopidine (Ticlid);
- an antibiotic such as terbinafine (Lamisil);
- anti-malaria medication such as chloroquine (Arelan) or pyrimethamine (Daraprim), or quinine (Qualaquin);
- HIV or AIDS medicine such as delavirdine (Rescriptor) or ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra);
- medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, such as aripiprazole (Abilify), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), clozapine (Clozaril, FazaClo), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), haloperidol (Haldol), perphenazine (Trilafon), or thioridazine (Mellaril);
- a heart rhythm medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), dofetilide (Tikosyn), ibutilide (Corvert), or sotalol (Betapace); or
- a heart rhythm medication such as disopyramide (Norpace), dronedarone (Multaq), flecainide (Tambocor), mexiletine (Mexitil), procainamide (Pronestyl), propafenone (Rythmol), or quinidine (Quin-G).
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can interact with amitriptyline. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about amitriptyline.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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