A patient is prescribed amitriptyline for the treatment of depression. The nurse educates the patient about which common side effects?
• Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Common side effects include lethargy, fatigue, orthostatic 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.