from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for the drug amitriptyline.

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  • n. a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications


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  • We did not have some of the antidepressants we have now, but she responded very well to a medication called Elavil, which is still in use today, and was discharged from hospital within a few weeks.

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  • Another class of drugs prescribed to improve sleep is tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (brand name Elavil) and doxipin (Sinequan).

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  • A class of older antidepressants called tricyclics, such as amitriptyline (Elavil) or imipramine (Tofranil), are effective at staving off chronic tension-type headaches in many people who have not found relief with over-the-counter medications.

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  • This was street code for an illegal transaction: fifty-six units of 50 mg tablets of Elavil, twenty-eight units of 200 mg tablets of Tuinol, and fifty-six units of 10 mg tablets of Valium.

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  • The package insert for Elavil was slipped into the dust jacket of Symposium in Blues, right next to the record sleeve, and when a doctor opened the album, he was greeted with the Elavil logo, along with a list of the symptoms of depression.


  • One of his first moves was to recruit Frank Ayd, the Baltimore psychiatrist who spearheaded the clinical trials for Elavil.


  • But even before Robert Spitzer and his committee reinvented depression, Elavil and Tofranil and all the rest caught a huge break.


  • The answer was Valium and later Elavil—neither of which, it turned out, mix well with alcohol.

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  • In the middle of the twentieth century, psychiatrists thought they had found it with amphetamines, and later they thought they had found it with tricyclic antidepressants like Tofranil and Elavil.

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