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Brand & Generic Names; Drug Classes

US brand name: Elavil
Generic name: amitriptyline

Drug Class(es)

Primary drug class: Antidepressants
Additional drug class(es): Tricyclic & Tetracyclic Antidepressants

Approved & Off-Label Uses (Indications)

Elavil’s US FDA Approved Treatment(s)


Uses Approved Overseas but not in the US

  • Enuresis (bedwetting) In children ages 7 - 11 - UK
    • No age specified - Australia, Ireland, South Korea
  • Other Depression Spectrum Disorders - South Africa, South Korea
  • Secondary Depression  - South Africa

Off-Label Uses of Elavil

  • Dysthymia (constant, mild depression)
  • Neuropathic and chronic pain
  • Vulvodynia - depression caused and/or accompanied by vaginal pain1. It didn’t work all that well, unlike Pamelor (nortripyline).
  • Somatoform pain disorder (where they think it’s all in your head)
    • Although the data are mixed when it comes to phantom limb pain. In this study it didn’t do much good, but in this study both amitriptyline and Ultram (tramadol) worked just fine.
  • Migraines
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic/Anxiety disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

When & If Elavil Will Work

Elavil’s Usual Onset of Action (when it starts working)

TCAs generally take 7 to 28 days to be effective, although you’ll feel something - usually side effects - the next day. Return to Table of Contents

Likelihood of Working

As far as amitriptyline’s approved use goes, the odds favor relief for endogenous (biologically caused) depression - i.e. being depressed for no good reason other than your brain hating you.

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Taking and Discontinuing

How to Take Elavil

Initial dose for outpatients (you’re not crazy enough to be hospitalized) should be 50 mg at bedtime. You can increase it by 25 mg a night every week until you get to a maximum of 150 mg a night. You can also try it in a divided dose. Elavil (amitriptyline) is approved for dosages of 200 - 300 mg a day for hospitalized patients and used to be prescribed up to 400 mg a day for inpatients. Personally I wouldn’t trust it above 150 mg a day. Not that it’s particularly more dangerous than other TCAs (see comments), as long as you’re not taking a bunch of other drugs, including a potent CYP2D6 inhibitor, and aren’t a poor CYP2D6 metabolizer. If amitriptyline isn’t doing anything at all for you by the time you reach 100 mg a day, try something else. If it’s sort of working for you, try Pamelor (nortriptyline HCl), or another TCA if you haven’t already. Return to Table of Contents

How to Stop Taking Elavil (discontinuation / withdrawal)

Your doctor should be recommending that you reduce your dosage by 25–50 mg a day every five days if you need to discontinue it. While TCAs don’t have a discontinuation syndrome as such, they can trigger mania if discontinued too quickly, regardless of your being bipolar or not. Any antidepressant can do that, it’s just more likely to happen with a TCA than other antidepressants. Return to Table of Contents

Elavil’s Pros and Cons


  • Amitriptyline has been on the market since forever, so doctors are familiar with its uses and effects.
  • Elavil has been around forever, so generic amitriptyline is cheaper than dirt on practically every insurance company and HMO formulary.

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  • Elavil has been around since forever, so younger doctors are unlikely to prescribe it, assuming they’ve even heard of it.
  • Since you’re only going to get generic amitriptyline you may get your meds from a different manufacturer from month to month, which can make a difference. See the page on brand name and generic drug differences for more information.
  • Amitriptyline reported to have the harshest anticholinergic side effects of the more popular TCAs - Tofranil (imipramine HCl) & Tofranil-PM (imipramine pamoate), Norpramin (desipramine HCl), and Pamelor (nortriptyline HCl). If you look at the TCA binding profiles you can see its raw power at the muscarinic receptors and fairly high potency at the histamine receptors. Trust me, its anticholinergic side effects have nothing on Vivactil’s (protriptyline).

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Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Elavil

Pamelor (nortripyline) is an active intermediate metabolite of Elavil (amitriptyline). So just as Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) tends to have fewer side effects than Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide), the same may apply to Pamelor (nortripyline). Return to Table of Contents

Best Known for

Being used at a nearly fatal dosage, along with Neurontin, on the TV show Fringe as a method to cross between universes. A cocktail of 2,000 mg of Elavil and 5,000 mg of Neurontin would probably send me to another universe. Return to Table of Contents

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Elavil’s Potential Side Effects

Potential Side Effects All Crazy Meds Have

No matter which neurological and/or psychiatric drug you take, you’ll probably get one or more of these side effects. These will usually be gone, or at least will diminish to the point where you barely notice it most of the time, within a week or two.

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness / fatigue - even when taking stimulants in some circumstances.
  • Insomnia, instead of or alternating with the drowsiness.
  • Nausea
  • Assorted other minor GI complaints (constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Generally feeling spacey / out of it
    • Which can all add up to the ever-helpful “flu-like symptoms” listed as an adverse event on the PI sheet of practically every medication on the planet used to treat almost any condition humans and other animals could have.2
  • All crazy meds can, and probably will affect your dreams as well. There is no way of telling if that will be good or bad, let alone if this side effect is permanent or temporary.
  • Any of the above side effects you see listed again below means they’re even more likely to happen and/or stick around longer and/or are worse than most other meds.

Typical Potential Side Effects

The usual for TCAs - headache, nausea, dry mouth, sweating, blurry vision, sleepiness or insomnia, constipation, and weight gain. Expect the sedation to hang around for awhile and the dry mouth and constipation to be permanent. The weight gain usually isn’t that bad. Return to Table of Contents

Uncommon Potential Side Effects

  • Urinary hesitancy (Guys over 40 can freak out with prostate cancer hypochondria.)
  • Heart palpitations
  • No libido and other sexual dysfunctions
  • Nightmares - more so than other meds
  • The urinary hesitancy is something that meds with a positive effect on norepinephrine tend to do. It can be permanent, or happen at random.

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Freaky Rare Side Effects

  • Black tongue (one of my father’s rollerderby buddies used to get that from drinking too much)
  • Sleepwalking (somnambulism)
  • Reversible brain death. That was after an overdose, but I couldn’t resist. “Reversible brain death” reads like something from a Reanimator script.

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What You Really Need to be Careful About

Heart palpitations, arrhythmia, and similar cardiac weirdness.

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Pregnancy Category

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Elavil’s Half-Life & How Long Until It Clears Your System

24 hours. Expect it to clear out of your system in 5 days.

Steady State

usually two to three days.

Half-life is the average time it takes for you to process half of the drug’s active ingredient. If a drug has a half-life of around 24 hours and you take a dose of 100mg, you’ll have roughly the equivalent a 50mg dose after one day, a 25mg dose after two days, and so on. The rule of thumb is: multiply the half-life by five and you get how long it is for the dose you took to be cleared from your bloodstream3, so there’s nothing swimming around to attach itself to your brain and start doing stuff. That’s called “plasma clearance.” Complete clearance is a complex equation based on a lot of factors which may or may not: be published in the PI sheet, include personal data like your weight, or even completely figured out by corporate and independent researchers. It usually winds up being 2–5 days after plasma clearance no matter what4, but can take weeks. Sometimes a drug will clear from your brain and other organs before it clears from your blood.

Steady state is the flipside of half-life. This is when you can expect to get over side effects caused by fluctuating amounts of a medication in your bloodstream. Often, but not always the same amount of time as the plasma clearance above.

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How amitriptyline Works

the current best guess at any rate
Elavil (amitriptyline) is a typical TCA in that it acts like a an antidepressant, anticonvulsant and antipsychotic in one pill. It does moderate-strong inhibition of norepinephrine reuptake, mild-to-moderate inhibition of serotonin reuptake, blocks sodium voltage channel (like many anticonvulsants do), and is a fairly strong antagonist of the serotonin 5-HT1A & 5-HT2A receptors and a moderate alpha-1 norepinephrine antagonist (like a lot of antipsychotics). It’s also a pretty strong antihistamine and anticholinergic - also like a lot of antipsychotics - which is why the anticholinergic side effects are so bad.

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Active Ingredient

amitriptyline hydrochloride

The active ingredient is usually the same as the generic name, but more often than not it’s a chemical salt of the substance identified as the generic. E.g. Fluoxetine is the generic for Prozac, but the active ingredient is fluoxetine hydrochloride (or HCl). It usually doesn’t make much of a difference outside of the more esoteric aspects of a drug’s pharmacology, but not always.

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Shelf Life

Tablets: 3 years Return to Table of Contents

Elavil’s Noted Drug-Drug, Drug-Food & Drug-Supplement Interactions

  • Alcohol. TCA + booze = dead.
  • Antabuse (disulfiram). Elavil (amitriptyline) + the drug that prevents alkies from drinking = delirious and potentially dead. Some people can’t win for losing.

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Name, Address, Serial Number (Generic and Overseas Availability)

Available in the US as a generic? Yes

Other Trade Names and Overseas Availability

Not including controlled/extended/sustained release suffixes (Efexor ER, Trevilor retard e.g.) or branded generics that are a hyphenate of the generic name and the drug company name (Apo-Citalopram e.g.).

Available as Elavil in:

I’m far from 100% sure brand Elavil is still available anywhere. But you never can tell.

  • Canada
  • France
  • India

Transcribed or Transliterated INN/Local Generic Names

  • amitriptilina - Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish
  • amitriptilinã - Romanian
  • amitriptyliini - Finnish
  • amitriptylin - Czech, German, Lithuanian, Slovakian
  • amitriptylini hydrochloridum, amitriptylinum - Latin non-proprietary names, because two are better than one, right?
  • amitryptyline - Thai. And a frequent misspelling of amitriptyline, even in peer-reviewed papers.
  • амитриптилин (amitriptilin) - Cyrillic transliteration
  • アミトリプチリン (amitoripuchirin) - Japanese transliteration
  • 아미트리프틸린 (amiteulipeutillin) Korean transliteration

Other brand names & branded generic names

  • Abamax - India
  • Adepril - Italy
  • ADT - Portugal
    • I can’t tell if this name is idiotic or genius, as ADT is Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, etc. for TCA.
  • Alkym - Paraguay
  • Amicon - India
  • Amictrac - India
  • Amilavil - Vietnam
  • Amileb - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malawi, Maldives, Uganda, UK, Zambia
  • Amilift - India
  • Amilin - Bangladesh
  • Amiline - India, Kenya, Rwanda
  • Amilit - Italy
  • Amilite - India
  • Amimax - India
  • Amineurin5 - Germany
  • Amioxid - Germany
  • Amiplin - Taiwan
  • Amiprin - Japan
  • Amirol - Japan, Kenya, Malta, New Zealand
    • アミロール (Amiroru) - Japanese transliteration of Amirol
  • Amit - Bangladesh, India
  • Amitec - Thailand
  • Amitie - Uruguay
  • Amitin - Pakistan
  • Amitone - India, Maldives
  • Amitop - IndiaAmitor - India
  • Amitrac - India
  • Amitrip - India, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand
    • アミトリプ (Amitoripu) - Japanese transliteration of Amitrip
  • Amitryn - India, Thailand
  • Amitryp - Pakistan
  • Amity - Côte d’Ivoire
  • Amiwell - India
  • Amizole - Mozambique, Nigeria
  • Amline - India
  • Amoten - India
  • Amotrip - Pakistan
  • Amsha - India
  • Amyline - Ireland, Pakistan
  • Amypress6 - India
  • Amytril - Brazil, Tunisia
  • Amyzol - Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia
    • АМИЗОЛ - Cyrillic transliteration of AMYZOL
  • Anapsique - Mexico
  • Anitripy - India
  • Antalin - Chile
  • Arpidox - India
  • Axtrip - India
  • Conmitrip - Thailand
  • Cotrip - India
  • Crypton - India
  • Dep - India
  • Deprelio - Spain
  • Domical - UK
  • Dot Trip7 - India
  • Elatrol - Israel
  • Elatrolet - Israel
  • Elavin - India
  • Eliwel - India
  • Elsitriol - Argentina
  • Endep - Australia, Malaysia
  • Equilibrin - Germany
  • Estiline - India
  • Fiorda - Argentina
  • Gentrip - India
  • Goldep - India
  • Kamitrin - India
  • Imidol - Pakistan
  • Lantron - Japan
  • Laroxyl - Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Malawi, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Latilin - India
  • Lentizol - Ireland
  • Levate8 - Canada
  • Maxitrip9 - India
  • Maxivalet - Greece
  • Meditriline - Nigeria
  • Miketorin - Japan
  • Mitrip - India
  • Modep - Taiwan
  • Neurotol - Paraguay
  • Nextrip - India
  • Noriline - South Africa
  • Nortensil - Pakistan
  • Novoprotect - Germany
  • Odep - India
  • Pinsaun - Taiwan
  • Polytanol - Thailand
  • Pryl - India
  • Psiquium - Colombia
  • Qualitriptine - Hong Kong
  • Redomex - Belgium
  • Relidep - India, Turkey, Uzbekistan
  • Ristryl - India
  • Santryline - Nigeria
  • Saroten - Austria, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Ethiopia, Estonia, Finland, France, The Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Iceland, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Lithuania, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Malawi, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Switzerland, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe Saroten Retard - Austria, Bangladesh, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland
  • Sarotena - India, Maldives, Singapore
  • Sarotex - Netherlands, Norway, Uruguay
  • Sereval - India
  • Sicobil - Dominican Republic
  • Stelminal - Greece
  • Syneudon - Germany
  • Tadamit - India
  • Teperin - Hungary, Iraq, Jordan
  • Teperinep - Hungary
  • Thymontil - Greece
  • Trepiline - South Africa
  • Triamyl - Serbia
  • Tridep - India, Uganda
  • Trilin - Indonesia
  • Triline - Timor-Leste
  • Trip - Bangladesh, India
  • Triplex - India
  • Tripsyline - Thailand
  • Tripta - Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
  • Triptafen - UK
  • Triptiline - India
  • Triptizol - Italy
  • Triptric - India
  • Triptyl - Finland
  • Triptyline - Thailand
  • Tripyline - Taiwan
  • Tripzol - Thailand
  • Trisomatol - Brazil
  • Trynol - Taiwan
  • Tryptal - Israel
  • Tryptalgin - Argentina
  • Tryptanol - Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela
    • トリプタノール (Toriputanoru) - Japanese transliteration of Tryptanol
  • Tryptin - Bangladesh, Pakistan
  • Tryptizol - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK
  • Tryptomec - India
  • Tryptomer - India, Japan, Singapore, Uzbekistan
    • トリプトマー (Toriputoma) - Japanese transliteration of Tryptomer
  • Tryptyl - Paraguay
  • Trytomer - Hong Kong, India
  • Typlin - India
  • Uxen - Argentina
  • ノーマルン (Noumarun10) - Japan

Generic Amitriptyline is Available in These Countries

In theory amitriptyline should be available as a generic in every country that has a pharmacy, as it’s one of the World Health Organization’s Essential Medications. In addition to the countries above, and based on what passes for evidence on teh interwebs, generic amitriptyline is probably available in the following countries:

  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Any EU / EMA member state not already listed
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Turkmenistan

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Shapes & Sizes (How Supplied)

Tablets, intramuscular injection, oral solution Return to Table of Contents

Comments, PI Sheet, Ratings, Reviews and More


Amitriptyline has a fairly high overdose rate, but it turns out that it’s not necessarily due to suicidal behavior. Apparently it can be used recreationally, especially as a way to both enhance the effects of some drugs of abuse and mask that use in urine tests. Pretty nifty huh? Well, that’s why there are so many bodies being wheeled out of the ERs and into the morgues.
Amitriptyline can be tricky enough by itself when using it for what it’s meant for. You don’t have to worry about a overdose, even if you’re taking the maximum dosage of 300 mg a day, as long as you’re not taking another medication. If you are taking other meds, crazy or not, you talk to your pharmacist, you use the drug-drug interaction checker that’s all over this site, and everything is good.

I’m leery of it at dosages above 150 mg a day mainly due to:

  • The ratio of dosage-dependent side effects (which are all of the anticholinergic and antihistamine side effects) to effects
  • Because Mouse and I have had problems with most TCAs when at their high dosages
  • And I’m a poor metabolizer of CYP2C19 substrates

So decide for yourself about 150 mg a day, or more. If the side effects are sucking and you’re not feeling any positive effect soon, I recommend talking to your doctor about moving on to something else.

And if you’re stupid enough to take varying amounts of amitriptyline on an inconsistent basis along with drugs of dubious origin for recreational purposes, well, it’s probably better that you were purged from the gene pool. So have a party!

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  1. Stahl, Stephen M. Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition Cambridge University Press 2008. ISBN:978–0521673761
  2. Julien, Robert M. Ph.D, Claire D. Advokat, and Joseph Comaty Primer of Drug Action: A comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs 12th edition Worth Publishers 2011. ISBN:978–1429233439
  3. Stahl, Stephen M. The Prescriber’s Guide (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition Cambridge University Press 2009. ISBN:978–0521743990
  4. Virani, Adil S., K. Bezchlibnyk-Butler, and J. Jeffries Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs 18th edition Hogrefe & Huber Publishers 2009. ISBN:978–0889373693
  5. Mosby’s Drug Consult 2007 (Generic Prescription Physician’s Reference Book Series) © 2007 An imprint of Elsevier.
  6. Instant Psychopharmacology 2nd Edition Ronald J. Diamond MD © 2002. Published by W.W. Norton
  7. The Complete Guide to Psychiatric Drugs Edward Drummond, MD © 2000. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  8. PDR: Physicians’ Desk Reference 2010

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1 That sure the hell would depress me to no end.

2 As well as being an indication of half of said conditions.

3 Based on Julien's calculations from A Primer of Drug Action, the half-life multiplied by five is the generally accepted estimate of how long it takes a single dose of any given drug to be eliminated from the blood stream/plasma of someone with a normal metabolism. That's also the rough estimate for steady state if they can't get, or won't provide a number for that.

4 For crazy meds. I have no idea what the average complete clearance is for other types of medications. For all I know there are drugs that utterly vanish from your system in under five passes, and others that won't let go of your squishy bits for years after you stop taking them.

5 Give you one guess how Google translated… That's right, Amine's Urine. All those jokes about taking so many meds and/or supplements that I could sell my piss as snake oil have finally paid off.

6 Manufactured by, and I shit ye not, Psychoremedies of Ludhiana, Punjab, India. You have no idea how happy it made me to learn there's a manufacturer of generic crazy meds named Psycoremedies. They make non-crazy meds as well, but they push their Psynova medicines, as they call them, as their primary product line.

7 Of all the *Trip* variants, this is my favorite. The folks at Three Dots Lifesciences (no, really) are either brilliant or, more likely, utterly naive of American drug culture and recreational use of amitriptyline.

8 My guess is it's pronounced El-eh-vate. As in it elevates your mood.

9 If anyone is marketing their med to the morons who use amitriptyline recreationally (and I'm still trying to wrap my head around the how and, even more perplexing, why of that) it's Invision Medi Sciences.

10 Brand Nourmarun was off the market in October 2015. Which is a shame, because Google translates it as "Normal Down," and that's a really Japanese name for an antidepressant.

11 Thank you! I'll be here all weak. Be sure to tip your content provider. And don't try the veal, it's cruelicious!

If you have any questions not answered here, please see the Crazymeds Elavil discussion board. We welcome criticisms of the articles, notifications of bad links, site problems, consumer experiences with medications, etc. I’m not always able to write back. Hence I never answer questions about meds via e-mail that are answered by this or other articles. Especially if they have been repeatedly asked on the forum. That’s why we write these damn things. Questions about which meds are best for your condition should also be asked on the forum; because this is a free site, so the price of admission is making things easier for somebody else searching for the same answer. We don’t deal with children on the forum or in private because after doing this for ten years I don’t have the emotional stamina to deal with kids who have brain cooties. How to contact Crazymeds. — Jerod Poore, CME, Publisher Crazymeds (crazymeds.us)

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All rights reserved. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on Crazy Talk: the Crazymeds Forum.
The information on Crazymeds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else. Plus we are big pottymouths and talk about S-E-X a lot.
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Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList, NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Very little information about visitors to this site is collected or saved. From time to time I look at search terms used and which pages they bring up in an effort to make the information I present more relevant. And the country of origin, just because I’m geeky like that. That’s about it. Depending on how you feel about Schrodinger, our privacy policy should either assuage or exacerbate your paranoia.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
Crazymeds now uses a secure server, but it is not so secure that you can discuss anything having to do with nuclear power facilities, air traffic control systems, aircraft navigation systems, weapons control systems, or any other system requiring failsafe operation whose failure could lead to injury, death or environmental damage. Just so you know. So if you’re mentally interesting and have a job that deals with that sort of thing, talk about said job elsewhere. Otherwise feel free to discuss your meds and brain cooties.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality. Hail Xenu!

‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore

1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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