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Amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep, Saroten, Sarotex, Redomex) is one of the most frequently used tricyclic antidepressants. Its effects are mediated notably by increasing serotonin and norepinephrine concentrations in the brain. However, other modes of action are likely to contribute to its antidepressant effects as well. This pharmacological profile is also why, beyond its use for treating mood disorders, it can be beneficial for the treatment of certain types of pain. It has practically no value as a recreational drug.
Oral use is the most common form of administration for Amitryptyline, and it is normally provided in 10mg, 25mg, or 50mg pills. Other routes of administration would appear to be pointless, as it has no recreational value.
Amitriptyline (Elavil) is unscheduled in the United States. Available only by prescription. This means that sales and distribution are allowed only by those with a license and only to those with a prescription (according to FDA regulations). Possession of Amitriptyline is not illegal without prescription.