amitriptyline

noun
am·​i·​trip·​ty·​line | \ˌa-mə-ˈtrip-tə-ˌlēn \

Definition of amitriptyline 

: a tricyclic aromatic antidepressant drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C20H23N·HCl to prevent migraines and to treat neuropathic pain, bulimia, and depression

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Antidepressants – Drugs like amitriptyline may be prescribed to shingles patients to alleviate postherpetic neuralgia. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 There's no specific treatment, and results vary from patient to patient, but some common pain medications such as amitriptyline, gabapentin and pregabalin have been shown to be effective in studies of adults and children. Susie East, CNN, "Migraines to cluster headaches: The most painful headaches you could ever have," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of amitriptyline

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amitriptyline

amino + tryptophan + -yl + -ine entry 2

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amitriptyline

noun
am·​i·​trip·​ty·​line | \ˌam-ə-ˈtrip-tə-ˌlēn \

Medical Definition of amitriptyline 

: a tricyclic antidepressant drug that is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C20H23N·HCl to prevent migraines and to treat neuropathic pain, bulimia, and depression

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