So Elavil like most drugs can be used for many different things. Also, like most drugs, it is made up of different properties...Search in any seach engine online "properties of Elavil" and you will see that it is made up of so many things. Elavil actually has tricylic antidepressant properties in it as well as anithistamine properties.
It's all about the properties of a drug; what's in it. This is why drugs are used for more than one thing.
Now, I am trying as we speak to look in my book to see how tricylic antidepressants affect bipolar, b/c I know there's something in my book about it....It sounds to me like they may have the same affect as an antidepressant...watch for cycling, mania etc.....Please ask your pdoc, b/c I'm not sure this was wise of your physcian to prescribe this for you.
But don't panic...just try to get a hold of your pdoc.
Hope you're feeling better, take care, let us know the minute you hear from your pdoc.
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam; Trazodone 50mg for sleep
Currently not on meds for bp