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

Dry mouth and eyes


• 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.

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