Anybody who intends to go for antitriptyline in order to cure depression must consult a doctor beforehand. Children and adolescents are especially informed that they must seek a doctor’s permission and only and if only the doctor allows, then they must use the drug. The drug, however, must not be given to children under twelve years of age because it could have disastrous reaction on the child’s mental and physical health.
The drug has same side effects on children as it has on adults but these adverse side effects could be unbearable for young children because of their fragile immune system. The conditions of children who consume antidepressants such as this one have deteriorating health conditions as compared to those children who do not take drugs to cure depression. Recent research has revealed that children who take in this drug have a higher chance of developing psychological disorders. Still today, many researchers are still unsure whether children should be prescribed this drug or not. In most cases they agree that children below eighteen must be treated via other techniques but some others still consider amitriptyline prescription for children if the cure via other means does not seem a possibility.
The side effects of amitriptyline in children include reduced muscular condition, inability to speak and express properly. It could also cause serious allergic reactions in children. They will often feel dizzy and at times might fall suddenly which could be threatening. Children are delicate and thus their immune system is also weak. The drug has queer reactions on adults. Children could have such reactions too. Photosensitization, jaundice and blood disorders are also possibilities in young children. Less frequent urination and an over active hyperthyroid, resulting in stunted bodily growth are other major side effects of amitriptyline in children. Children may become even more depressive and less responsive or even emotionally detached altogether. Liver dysfunctioning, anemia and constipation are also some of the fatal side effects for children. Their heart pressure might increase to an enormous degree and even their blood sugar levels so as to jeopardize their life altogether. Children might feel extremely weak and pale or on the other hand, they may gain excessive weight.
Moreover, children who become habitual of taking amitriptyline may grow up to have many sexual disorders. The drug has withdrawal symptoms and the side effects prevail long after discontinuation. The drug user, as he or she grows might experience reduced pleasure, breast enlargement, hormonal imbalance due to the hyperactive thyroid and a deformed body structure, not literally but obliquely. These children might forever remain detached emotionally and also become serious psychotic cases. The drug also results in hair loss at timed due to intense tiredness and weakness. The concentration from studies is affected. The child may not be able to fit into society at all.
It is also mentioned on the prescription that the drug must be kept away from children. Even a little dosage could be harmful for them. Therefore, it is suggestive of the damages that could be incurred to a child when the drug is consumed.