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Review: taking Elavil and Ambien together

Summary: drug interactions are reported among people who take Elavil and Ambien together.

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Elavil and Ambien. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 2,538 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.





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What are the drugs

Elavil has active ingredients of amitriptyline hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 11,893 Elavil users)

Ambien has active ingredients of zolpidem tartrate. It is often used in insomnia. (latest outcomes from 46,746 Ambien users)

On Jan, 9, 2015: 2,538 people who take Elavil, Ambien are studied

Elavil, Ambien outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Elavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride)
- Ambien (zolpidem tartrate)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Elavil is effective7.69%
(1 of 13 people)
(2 of 18 people)
(0 of 6 people)
(0 of 9 people)
(3 of 6 people)
(1 of 4 people)
(2 of 4 people)
Ambien is effective44.44%
(4 of 9 people)
(2 of 10 people)
(5 of 10 people)
(7 of 15 people)
(5 of 10 people)
(1 of 6 people)
(3 of 3 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
FatigueAmnesiaAtelectasisBack PainAmnesiaDepressionRenal Failure AcuteAnxiety
Speech DisorderLoss Of ConsciousnessTooth DisorderNeck PainAnxietyIntra-uterine DeathHoarsenessPain
Intra-uterine DeathRoad Traffic AccidentPneumoniaLoss Of ConsciousnessCellulitisAnxietyNasal Sinus DrainageDepression
HeadacheSomnolenceNeoplasm ProgressionRoad Traffic AccidentInjuryDrug IneffectiveIrritable Bowel Syndrome AggravatedNausea
NauseaNeck PainNeoplasm MalignantHeadacheRenal FailureLoss Of ConsciousnessSwelling In The AbdomenDyspnoea
FallCompleted SuicideMalnutritionConfusional StateLoss Of ConsciousnessDrug Withdrawal SyndromeSwelling Of The Ankles - Feet - LegsHeadache
AmnesiaUnresponsive To StimuliBone PainAmnesiaDepressionMuscle StrainAbnormal Weight GainBack Pain
AnxietyDrug IneffectiveRenal DisorderPost-traumatic Stress DisorderBlood Cholesterol IncreasedSpinal Compression FractureWeight GainAsthenia
Blood Pressure IncreasedSuicide AttemptHaemoglobin DecreasedAstheniaBlood Creatine Phosphokinase IncreasedUrinary Tract InfectionDry SkinArthralgia
Confusional StateHallucinationBone DisorderSleep Apnoea SyndromeDisturbance In AttentionDiverticulumDry MouthFatigue

Drug effectiveness by gender :

Elavil is effective18.60%
(8 of 43 people)
(1 of 17 people)
Ambien is effective50.00%
(23 of 46 people)
(4 of 17 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

DyspnoeaBack Pain
Back PainChest Pain

Drug effectiveness by age :

Elavil is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(4 of 13 people)
(0 of 9 people)
(1 of 51 people)
(3 of 23 people)
(1 of 10 people)
Ambien is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(8 of 14 people)
(2 of 10 people)
(3 of 50 people)
(11 of 24 people)
(3 of 11 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

Karyotype Analysis AbnormalAccidental Drug Intake By ChildAggressionAnxietyNauseaAnxietyPainAnxiety
Growth RetardationDizzinessCompleted SuicideNauseaAnxietyDepressionAnxietyPain
Flat FeetDyslaliaInsomniaMigraineChest PainPainNauseaDyspnoea
Neonatal DisorderPhonological DisorderInfluenza Like IllnessHeadacheBack PainBack PainArthralgiaAsthenia
Phalangeal HypoplasiaAkathisiaDyspnoeaDrug DependenceHeadacheOsteonecrosis Of JawBack Pain
Skin DisorderDrug IneffectiveMuscle SpasmsInsomniaDrug IneffectiveFallPneumonia
Psychomotor RetardationSomnolenceUrinary Tract InfectionVomitingFatigueDepressionArthralgia
Facial DysmorphismSocial PhobiaCondition AggravatedPainAstheniaPain In ExtremityDepression
EpilepsySuicide AttemptDepressionDepressionInsomniaPyrexiaHeadache
Congenital AnomalyDepressionDeep Vein ThrombosisHeadacheHypoaesthesiaHypoaesthesiaOsteoarthritis

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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  • peanuts on Mar, 31, 2010:

    my friend is suffering from rhumatory arthertis.and is currenty taking cocaine. oxy cotin,prestine, wellbutrim, predisone 10mg what side effects should she expect ?????


    mtntexas on May, 11, 2013:

    Just ask John Belushi


    2cents on Mar, 6, 2013:

    I'll second that!


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Complete drug side effects:

On eHealthMe, Elavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride) is often used to treat depression. Ambien (zolpidem tartrate) is often used to treat insomnia. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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