A patient is prescribed amitriptyline for the treatment of depression. The nurse educates the patient about what common side effect?

Lethargy

Explanation

•Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Common side effects include lethargy, fatigue, hypotension, and anticholinergic effects such as dry mouth and eyes, constipation, blurry vision, and urinary retention.

•Tricyclic antidepressants are no longer common due to their large side effect profile and the risk of overdose.

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