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Amitriptyline 50 mg film-coated tablets


Each film-coated tablet contains 50 mg of Amitriptyline hydrochloride.

Excipients of known effect: Also contains lactose 82.9 mg per tablet For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.


Film-coated tablet.

Buff coloured, circular biconvex film coated tablets with “BL” embossed on one side and plain on the other side.


4.1    Therapeutic indications

•    Symptoms of depression (especially where sedation is required).

•    Nocturnal enuresis where organic pathology is excluded.

Also effective in nocturnal enuresis in children.

4.2    Posology and method of administration


Therapy should be started with a low dosage and increased gradually, according to the clinical response and any evidence of intolerance.

The usual dosage(s) are described below:


Adults: Initially 75 mg daily either in divided doses or as a single night time dose gradually increasing to 150 -daily according to clinical response, the additional doses being given in the late afternoon and/or at bedtime.

The sedative effect is usually rapidly apparent; however the antidepressant effect may be apparent within three to four days or may take up to 30 days to develop adequately.

A maintenance dose of 50 -100 mg at night should be given to lessen the chances of relapse.

Child under 16 years not recommended for depression.

Elderly: 10-25 mg three times a day is recommended initially, and this should be increased slowly. 50 mg a day may be satisfactory in the elderly, who may not tolerate higher doses. The dosage may be taken as divided doses, or as a single dose, preferably in the evening or at bedtime.

Nocturnal enuresis

Children: 11-16 years: 25-50 mg daily taken at night for not more than three months. 7-10 years: 10-20 mg daily taken at night for not more than three months. Child under 7 years is not recommended.

These tablets should be taken as instructed swallowed with a glass of water. Continue to take them for as long as your doctor tells you to as it may be dangerous to stop without their advice. You may not notice any improvement in your symptoms for up to 4 weeks after starting treatment.

Method of Administration

For oral use

4.3 Contraindications

•    Hypersensitivity to amitriptyline hydrochloride or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1

•    Co administration with monoamine oxidase inhibitors or who have taken them within the last 14 days

•    History of myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, particularly heart block of any degree; mania,congestive heart failure, coronary artery insufficiency

•    Severe liver disease

•    Lactation (see section 4.6)

•    Children under 7 years of age

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Amitriptyline should be used with caution in patients with a history of epilepsy, in patients with impaired liver function and, because of its atropine-like action, in patients with a history of urinary retention, prostatic hypertrophy, narrow-angle glaucoma or increased intra-ocular pressure. Inpatients with narrow-angle glaucoma, even average doses may precipitate an attack of glaucoma.

Patients with cardiovascular disorders, hyperthyroid patients and those receiving thyroid

medication or anticholinergic agents should be closely supervised and the dosage of all

medications carefully adjusted when amitriptyline is given concurrently (see section 4.5).

Elderly patients are particularly liable to experience adverse reactions especially agitation,

confusion and postural hypotension. The initial dose should be increased with great caution under close supervision.

When amitriptyline is used for the depressive component of schizophrenia, psychotic symptoms may be aggravated. In manic depressives, a shift towards the manic phase may occur; paranoid delusions, with or without associated hostility, may be aggravated. In such cases, a major tranquilliser should be given concurrently or the dosage of amitriptyline reduced.

The risk of suicide remains during treatment of depressed patients and until significant remission occurs such patients require careful supervision.

Concurrent administration with ECT may increase the hazards of treatment and should be limited to patients for whom it is deemed essential.

If possible, discontinue amitriptyline several days before surgery. But if emergency surgery is unavoidable, the anaesthetist should be informed that the patient is being treated with amitriptyline because anaesthesia may increase the risk of hypotension and arrhythmias.

Behavioural changes have been observed in children receiving tricyclics for the treatment of enuresis.

Hyponatraemia (usually in the elderly and possibly due to inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone) has been associated with all types of antidepressants and should be considered in all patients who develop drowsiness, confusion or convulsions while taking an antidepressant. (See section 4.8).

Suicide/suicidal thoughts or clinical worsening

Depression is associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts, self harm and suicide

(suicide related events). This risk persists until significant remission occurs. As improvement may not occur during the first few weeks or more of treatment, patients should be closely monitored until such improvement occurs. It is general clinical experience that the risk of suicide may increase in the early stages of recovery.

Other psychiatric conditions for which amitriptyline is prescribed can also be associated with an increased risk of suicide related events. In addition, these conditions may be comorbid with major depressive disorder. The same precautions observed when treating patients with major depressive disorder should therefore be observed when treating patients with other psychiatric disorders.

Patients with a history of suicide related events, or those exhibiting a significant degree of suicidal ideation prior to commencement of treatment are known to be at greater risk of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, and should receive careful monitoring during treatment. A meta analysis of placebo controlled clinical trials of antidepressant drugs in adult patients with psychiatric disorders showed an increased risk of suicidal behaviour with antidepressants compared to placebo in patients less than 25 years old.

Close supervision of patients and in particular those at high risk should accompany drug therapy especially in early treatment and following dose changes. Patients (and caregivers of patients) should be alerted about the need to monitor for any clinical worsening, suicidal behaviour or thoughts and unusual changes in behaviour and to seek medical advice immediately if these symptoms present.

This product contains the excipient, lactose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Altretamine: there is a risk of severe postural hypotension when amitriptyline and altretamine are used concurrently.

Alpha2-adrenoceptor stimulants: Concomitant use of apraclonidine and brimonidine should be avoided.

Analgesics: Nefopam side effects may be increased; the risk of convulsions with tramadol may possibly be increased. Levacetylmethadol should not be used concomitantly with amitriptyline due to the increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias.

Anaesthetics: Anaesthetics may increase the risk of arrhythmias and hypotension in patients taking amitriptyline (see section 4.4)

Antiarrhythmics: There is an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias with drugs which prolong the QT interval, including amiodarone (avoid concomitant use), disopyramide, procainamide, propafenone and quinidine.

Antibacterials: The plasma concentrations of some tricyclic antidepressants may be reduced by rifampicin, leading to a reduced antidepressant effect. Concomitant use with linezolid may result in CNS excitation and hypertension

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs): The concurrent use of antidepressants having varying modes of action should be made only with due recognition of their possible potentiation and a thorough knowledge of their respective pharmacologies.MAOIs can potentiate the effects of tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline and hyperpyretic crises, severe convulsions and fatalities have occurred. A minimum of 14 days should elapse between discontinuing a MAOI and starting amitriptyline which should be introduced cautiously and dosage increased gradually. CNS excitation and hypertension have occurred with MAOIs.

Antiepileptics: Amitriptyline may antagonise antiepileptics e.g. barbiturates, carbamazepine thereby reducing the convulsive threshold. The plasma concentrations of some tricyclics may be reduced resulting in a reduced antidepressant effect.

Antihistamines: Antimuscarinic and sedative effects may be increased. Avoid concomitant use with terfenadine as the risk of ventricular arrhythmias may be increased

Antihypertensives: Amitriptyline may block the antihypertensive action of guanethidine, debrisoquine, betanidine and possibly clonidine. It would be advisable to review all antihypertensive therapy during treatment with tricyclic antidepressants.

Sympathomimetic Agents: Amitriptyline should not be given with sympathomimetic agents such as adrenaline, ephedrine, isoprenaline, noradrenaline, phenylephrine and phenylpropanolamine.

Other CNS Depressants: Amitriptyline may enhance the response to alcohol, barbiturates and other CNS depressants. In turn, barbiturates may decrease and methylphenidate may increase, the antidepressant action of amitriptyline. Caution is advised if patients receive large doses of ethchlorvynol concurrently. Transient delirium has been reported in patients treated with 1g ethchlorvynol and 75mg to 150mg amitriptyline.

Disulfiram: Delirium has been reported in patients taking amitriptyline with disulfiram. Concomitant use may inhibit the metabolism of tricyclics. Increased plasma concentrations and increased disulfiram reaction has been reported in patients taking amitriptyline, alcohol and disulfiram concomitantly.

Antimuscarinics: Paralytic ileus, urinary retention or acute glaucoma may occur in patients taking tricyclic antidepressants in combination with drugs having an anticholinergic action, especially in elderly patients.

Antipsychotics: the risk of ventricular arrhythmias is increased (avoid concomitant use with pimozide or thioridazine); plasma concentrations of some tricyclics are increased. Antimuscarinic side effects may be increased with phenothiazines and possibly clozapine.

Antivirals: Based on the known metabolism of amitriptyline, the protease inhibitor, ritonavir, may increase the serum levels of amitriptyline. Therefore, careful monitoring of therapeutic and adverse effects is recommended when these drugs are administered concomitantly.

Ulcer-healing Drugs: Cimetidine is reported to reduce hepatic metabolism of certain tricyclic antidepressants when taken concurrently resulting in increased plasma concentration of amitriptyline.

Anxiolytics and hypnotics: Concomitant use enhances the sedative effect.

Beta-blockers: The risk of ventricular arrhythmias associated with sotalol is increased.

Calcium-channel Blockers: Diltiazem and verapamil may increase the plasma concentration of amitriptyline.

Diuretics: There is an increased risk of postural hypotension.

Dopaminergics: Concomitant use with entacapone should be avoided. CNS toxicity has been reported with selegiline.

Muscle Relaxants: The muscle relaxant effect of baclofen may be enhanced by concomitant use.

Nitrates: The effect of sublingual nitrates may be reduced (owing to the effect of dry mouth).

Oestrogens and Progestogens: Oral contraceptives antagonise the antidepressant effect but side effects may be increased due to the increased plasma concentration of amitriptyline.

Sibutramine: Concomitant use is not recommended due to the increased risk of CNS toxicity.

Thyroid preparations e.g. levothyroxine: the action of tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline may be accelerated by the concurrent use of thyroid hormone medication (see section 4.4)

St.John’s Wort: St.John’s wort may decrease plasma levels of amitryptiline

Concurrent administration of amitriptyline with electroconvulsive therapy should be limited to patients for whom it is considered essential, as the hazards of each treatment may be increased.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

The safety of amitriptyline for use during pregnancy and lactation has not been established. It is advised not to take Amitriptyline during pregnancy, especially during the first and last trimester, unless there are compelling reasons and in these patients the benefits should be weighed against the possible hazards to the foetus, child or mother There is no evidence of safety of the drug in human pregnancy; although it has been in wide use of many years without apparent ill- consequences.

Clinical experience of the use of amitriptyline in pregnancy has been limited.There is evidence of harmful effect in pregnancy in animals, when given in exceptionally high doses. Withdrawal symptoms, including respiratory depression and agitation have been reported in neonates whose mothers had taken tricyclic antidepressants during the last trimester of pregnancy. Urinary retention in the neonate has also been associated with maternal use of amitriptyline.

Breast feeding mothers: Amitriptyline is detectable in breast milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in infants from amitriptyline, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Amitriptyline may initially impair alertness. Patients should be warned of the possible hazard when driving or operating machinery.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Like other medicines, Amitriptyline film coated tablets may occasionally cause side-effects in some patients, particularly when you first start taking it. Not all of these side effects have been experienced with amitriptyline but some have occurred with other medicines belonging to the same group as amitriptyline.

The following undesirable effects have been observed and reported during treatment with Amitriptyline film coated tablets with the following frequencies; Very common (> 1/10), Common (>1/100 to < 1/10), Uncommon (> 1/1,000 to < 1/100), Rare ((> 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000), Very rare (< 1/10,000) including isolated reports.

Cardiac disorders: hypotension, syncope, postural hypotension, hypertension, tachycardia, palpitations, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, heart block, stroke, and non-specific ECG changes in AV conduction. Cardiac arrhythmias and severe hypotension are likely to occur with high dosage or in deliberate over dosage. They may also occur in patients with pre-existing heart disease taking normal dosage.

Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, fatigue, headache, weakness, confusional states, disturbed concentration, disorientation, delusions, hallucinations, hypomania, excitement, anxiety, restlessness, drowsiness, insomnia, nightmares, numbness, tingling and paraesthesia of the extremities, peripheral neuropathy, incoordination, ataxia, tremors, coma, convulsions, alteration of the EEG, extrapyramidal symptoms, including abnormal involuntary movements and tardive dyskinesia, dysarthria, and tinnitus.

Cases of suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviours have been reported during amitriptyline therapy or early after treatment discontinuation (see section 4.4).

Anticholinergic effects reported are dry mouth, blurred vision, mydriasis, disturbance of accommodation, increased intra-ocular pressure, constipation, paralytic ileus, hyperpyrexia, urinary retention, and urinary tract dilatation.

Allergic reactions are characterised by skin rash, urticaria, photosensitisation, and oedema of the face and tongue.

Blood and lymphatic disorders: bone marrow depression including agranulocytosis, leucopenia, eosinophilia, purpura, and thrombocytopenia.

Gastrointestinal disorders: nausea, epigastric distress, vomiting, anorexia, stomatitis, taste disturbance, diarrhoea, parotid swelling, black tongue, and rarely hepatitis (including altered liver function and jaundice).

Endocrine disorders: testicular swelling, gynaecomastia, breast enlargement, galactorrhoea, increased or decreased libido, impotence, interference with sexual function and syndrome of inappropriate ADH (antidiuretic hormone) secretion (see section 4.4).

Metabolism and nutrition disorders: elevation or lowering of blood sugar levels, increased appetite and weight gain may be a drug reaction or due to relief of depression.

Hepato-biliary disorders: Rarely hepatitis (including altered liver function and jaundice).

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Increased perspiration and alopecia. Renal and urinary disorders: Urinary frequency.

Confusion may occur at high doses or in elderly patients requiring reduction of dosage.

If your medicine is stopped too quickly you may suffer from feeling or being sick and headache. Even a gradual reduction in dose may cause dream and sleep disturbances, irritability and restlessness. These symptoms are not indicative of addiction .Mania or hypomania (exaggerated mood and/or elation) has been reported rarely within 2-7 days of stopping the tablets. Always follow your doctor’s instructions on how you or your child should stop taking this medicine.

There have also been reports of withdrawal symptoms, respiratory depression and agitation in neonates, whose mothers received tricyclic antidepressants.

Class effects

Epidemiological studies, mainly conducted in patients 50 years of age and older, show an increased risk of bone fractures in patients receiving SSRIs and TCAs. The mechanism leading to this risk is unknown.

Side-effects in enuresis: If this medicine is being taken to treat bed-wetting, the following side effects may occur although they are less frequent:, mild sweating, itching, changes in behaviour and The most common are drowsiness and anticholinergic effects. The recommended dosage must not be exceeded.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at

4.9 Overdose

High doses of Amitriptyline may cause temporary confusion, disturbed concentration, or transient visual hallucination.

Overdosage may cause hypothermia, drowsiness, tachycardia and other arrhythmic abnormalities such as bundle branch block, congestive heart failure, ECG evidence of impair conduction, dilated pupils, disorder of ocular motility, convulsions, severe hypotension, drowsiness, hypothermia stupor and coma.

Other symptoms which may occur include agitation, muscle rigidity, hyperactive reflexes, hyperpyrexia, vomiting or any other effects listed previously.

All persons suspected to having taken an overdosage should be admitted to hospitals as soon as possible.

Ingestion of 750 mg or more by an adult may result in severe toxicity. The effects in overdose will be potentiated by simultaneous ingestion of alcohol and other psychotropic drugs.

Overdose effects are mainly due to anticholinergic (atropine-like) effects at autonomic nerve endings and in the brain. There is also a quinidine-like effect on the myocardium.

Peripheral symptoms

Commonly include sinus tachycardia, hot dry skin, dry mouth and tongue, dilated pupils and urinary retention.

The most important ECG feature of toxicity is prolongation of the QRS interval, which indicates a high risk of ventricular tachycardia. In very severe poisoning the ECG may be bizarre. Rarely, prolongation of the PR interval or heart block may occur. QT interval prolongation and torsade de pointes has also been reported.

Central symptoms

Commonly include ataxia, nystagmus and drowsiness, which may lead to deep coma and

respiratory depression. Increased tone and hyper reflexia may be present with extensor plantar reflexes. In deep coma all reflexes may be abolished. A divergent squint may be present. Hypotension and hypothermia may occur. Fits occur in >5% of cases.

During recovery confusion, agitation and visual hallucinations may occur.


An ECG should be taken and in particular the QRS interval should be assessed since prolongation signifies an increased risk of arrhythmia and convulsions. Give activated charcoal by mouth or naso-gastric tube if more than 4 mg/kg has been ingested within one hour, provided the airway can be protected. A second dose of charcoal should be considered after two hours in patients with central features of toxicity who are able to swallow.

Tachyarrhythmias are best treated by correction of hypoxia and acidosis. Even in the absence of acidosis 50 millimoles of sodium bicarbonate should be given by intravenous infusion to adults with arrhythmias or clinically significant QRS prolongation on the ECG.

Control convulsions with intravenous diazepam or lorazepam. Give oxygen and correct acid base and metabolic disturbances. Phenytoin is contraindicated in tricyclic over dosage, because, like tricyclic antidepressants, it blocks sodium channels and may increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias. Glucagon has been used to correct myocardial depression and hypotension


5.1    Pharmacodynamic properties

ATC code : N06A A09 Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Antidepressants

Amitriptyline is a tricyclics antidepressant. It has marked antimuscarinic and sedative properties and prevents the re-uptake (and hence the inactivation) of noradrenalin and serotonin (5HT) at presynaptic nerve terminals and this has been thought to be their mode of action. However the antidepressant effect does not appear until 10-14 days after starting treatment whereas a block in activity can be shown within an hour. This suggests that other pharmacological actions may also contribute.

5.2    Pharmacokinetic properties

Amitriptyline is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract with peak plasma concentrations occurring within approximately 6 hours of oral administration. The bioavailability of amitriptyline is 48 ± 11 %, it is 94.8 ± 0.8 % plasma bound.

Neither parameter is age dependant. Half-life is 16 ± 6 hours with a volume of distribution of 14 ± 2 L/kg. Both of these parameters will significantly increase with age.

Amitriptyline is extensively demethylated in the liver to its primary metabolite, nortriptyline. Paths of metabolism include hydroxylation, N-oxidation and conjugation with glucuronic acid. It is excreted in the urine, mainly in the form of its metabolites, either free or in conjugated form. Clearance is 12.5 ± 2.8 ml/min/kg (not age dependant) and less than 2 % in excreted    in the urine.

5.3    Preclinical safety data

There are no preclinical data of relevance to the prescriber other than those already provided in other sections of the SPC.


6.1    List of excipients

Tablet core:

Microcrystalline cellulose Lactose monohydrate Crospovidone Maize starch

Colloidal anhydrous silica Talc

Magnesium stearate

Film coat:



Titanium dioxide (E171)

Macorogol 6000 Quinoline yellow (E104)

Ferric oxide red (E172

6.2    Incompatibilities

Not applicable

6.3    Shelf life

3 years

6.4    Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 30°C.

Store in the original package (blister) in order to protect from moisture and light.

6.5    Nature and contents of container

PVC /Aluminium foil blisters of 7, 10, 14, 21, 28, 30, 56, 60, 84, 90, 100, 110, 112, 120, 150,160 or 168 tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6    Special precautions for disposal

Not applicable.


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