Medically Reviewed by Dr. Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Dec 14, 2022

Drug Details

Common Brands:

Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip (these brand names have been discontinued)


Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)




By mouth

Therapeutic Uses:

Major depressive disorder

Controlled Status:

Not a controlled substance

Amitriptyline Drug Class

Amitriptyline (ah-mee-trip-tuh-leen) is a tricyclic antidepressant.

Amitriptyline Age Range

Amitriptyline is approved for use in adults and children over the age of 12 years. People younger than 18 years of age are not usually prescribed this medicine. However, in some cases a doctor may prescribe amitriptyline to treat a child’s condition.