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A 30-year-old member asked:

couldthe medicine amitriptyline cause vivid dreams/nightmares?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Possibly: Although, usually it's just the opposite. Amitriptyline is what is known as a tricyclic antidepressant (tca). In general, tcas are known to inhibit or diminish rem sleep. Rem sleep is when dreaming occurs. A person may commonly have "rem rebound, " when stopping or reducing their tca medication then and dream more. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule in the practice of medicine.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Elavil (amitriptyline): Not likely, but depends on the dose.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there a more powerful version of amitriptyline for curing chronic pain?

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Dr. Norman Marcus
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No: Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, similar to drugs such as Cymbalta (duloxetine) and savella (milnacipran) which are known as snris (serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). None cure pain; they increase nerve chemicals that decrease pain. You may respond better to one vs. Another but none are "more powerful" than any other. The snris are touted to have less side effects.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do frequent nightmares indicate some kind of repressed child molestation?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Usually not. Nightmares can be from child abuse but most kids with nightmares are perfectly healthy and safe, they just have nightmares. Talk to your child to see what is going on.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Will guided imagery help me get rid of my night terrors?

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Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 21 years experience
Possibly: Guided imagery is a potentially useful mind-body modality that is worth trying. If that doesn't help, you may want to consider working with a licensed hypnotherapist.
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Or see a psychologist or psychiatrist for other treatments.
Oct 2, 2011
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Great collaboration. Wishing you'all the very best.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

How long do nightmares typically last during alcohol withdrawal?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: This depends on many factors. The general health of the individual, the degree of addiction, the amount of alcohol consumed, the health of the organs e.g. The liver and the central nervous system etc., and the other co-existing diseases.
A 31-year-old member asked:

My sister has headaches everyday. Elavil (amitriptyline) does nothing for her. What can she do?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many options: There are many good options for treating chronic headaches. Not knowing specifics about the headaches, what has been tried in the past, and other medical problems, it is impossible to make a specific recommendation. Best to see your doctor for specific recommendations.

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