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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Elavil (Definition)

Elavil is a tertiary amine tricyclic which is a kind of tricyclic type drug (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting ...Read more


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Reducing and stopping elavil (amitriptyline) to see if my nerve pain from disc extrusion has eased or is just being masked. How long after stopping will I know ??

Reducing and stopping elavil (amitriptyline) to see if my nerve pain from disc extrusion has eased or is just being masked.  How long after stopping will I know ??

Not on your own...: Do not do it on your own. Stopping Elavil (amitriptyline) suddenly can give you significant adverse reactions which may include irritability, agitation, sleep disturbance, flu-like symptoms and, rarely, cardiac arrhythmia and should be tapered down with the supervision of the doctor prescribing this medication. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after stopping sam-e before I take Elavil (amitriptyline)?

How long should I wait after stopping sam-e before I take Elavil (amitriptyline)?

I've asked a lot: of MD's this question. Some start you off on the new med right after stopping the old one. Some wait as much as two weeks. You are mixing an herb with a Tricyclic, so I'd play it safe and wait awhile. As a psychiatrist who knows about herbs. Most don't. ...Read more

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Is elavil (amitriptyline) good for stopping nightmares? I have ptsd and was prescribed it

Not usually: Elavil (amitriptyline) or Amitriptyline can help for insomnia, depression and some pain conditions. There has not been much data to suggest that it helps for nightmares. Prazosin may be a better choice for ptsd related nightmares. ...Read more

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How long does it take elavil (amitriptyline) to stop bladder spasms? I have been on 40mg. For 40 days

Elavil (amitriptyline) ?: Is tricyclics anti depressent and can be useful for chronic pain and bladder spasm , any specific question u may have u need to address it with u prescribing provider. ...Read more

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Given25 mg elavil (amitriptyline) on 17 th, went down to 12.5 4 days ago. Want to stop taking it,sleepy, dopey, anxious Dr not available do I taper to 6.5 or can stop?

Given25 mg elavil (amitriptyline) on 17 th, went down to 12.5 4 days ago. Want to stop taking it,sleepy, dopey, anxious Dr not available do I taper to 6.5 or can stop?

Stop: You can stop it as the 12.5 mg is a very low dose and you should have few adverse symptoms. If you do get symptoms you could try the 6.25 a day or 12.5 mg every other day for 5-7 days. Be sure to notify your doctor of the problems you experienced with this medication. ...Read more

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On saphris (asenapine) 5mg/night 2wks now, on elavil 100mg/d 1y. Saphris (asenapine) maybe to help w/sleep and anxiety. Carb craving intense after saphris (asenapine). How to stop?

Variety of causes : Antipsychotic compounds such as saphris (asenapine) are linked with weight gain and the causes can be multifactorial ranging from modification of stress response system to Insulin resistance. The best strategy would be to use minimally effective dose of medication and combine it with a regimented exercise (cardio) program. If this fails, switching to another agent may be useful. ...Read more

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Why might my doctor stop prescribing me elavil (amitriptyline) even though i'm still depressed and in pain?

Why might my doctor stop prescribing me elavil (amitriptyline) even though i'm still depressed and in pain?

Other meds: Maybe the md decided to trial a different medication that also increases serotonin and mixing the two can be dangerous. Examples would be other tcas like desipramine, snris like Cymbalta or effexor, (venlafaxine) ssris such as Prozac or celexa, or even tramadol. ...Read more

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My child just turned 3 months. I am exclusively breastfeeding But I started taking Elavil (amitriptyline) 10mg for bith my deppression and insomnia. I really do not stop breastfeedin 'n decided to continue. Okey????

My child just turned 3 months. I am exclusively breastfeeding But I started taking Elavil (amitriptyline) 10mg for bith my deppression and insomnia. I really do not stop breastfeedin 'n decided to continue. Okey????

Not the best : Elavil (amitriptyline) is one of the medications that will go into the breast milk if you are taking it. That means breast feeding while taking Elavil (amitriptyline) is like feeding tiny doses of Elvail to your baby. Please talk to your doctor and consider stopping wither the Elavil (amitriptyline) (and switching to something that does not go into breast milk) or breastfeeding. It is in your baby's best interest. ...Read more

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I take Elavil (amitriptyline) ( Amitriptyline ) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches.How 2 stop these headach?

I take Elavil (amitriptyline) ( Amitriptyline ) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches.How 2 stop these headach?

Headaches may result: from all 3 meds Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), rheumatoid arthritis, Iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cyst and stress. Using amitriptyline together with hydrocodone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Seek evaluation. Use lifestyle changes and stress reduction. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Insomniac/depressive just given 5mg saphris (asenapine) / night + 100mg elavil / day (taken for 1yr). Need to stop binge eating at nite. Would early dosage help?

Munchies: Both of these medications can give you the munchies. You didn't mention if you binge eat before or after you take these medications. Neither of these is fda approved as a sleep medication. Saphris (asenapine) is an atypical antipsychotic approved for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia - not insomnia. I would make sure I have a clear understanding from your doctor about your exact diagnoses and your rx. ...Read more

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Is 25mg amitriptyline (elavil) safe to take?

Is 25mg amitriptyline (elavil) safe to take?

Generally yes: Every patient is different, but generally speaking Amitriptyline 25mg is a very small, and safe, dose. For specific medication questions like this, however, you should talk to your doctor who knows you and your situation and not just rely on an internet answer. ...Read more

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What are the effects of elavil (amitriptyline)?

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What are the effects of elavil (amitriptyline)?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is an antidepressant with sedating and drying effects, causing heart rate changes, dry mouth/eyes, constipation, depending on dose. It relieves depression, pain of neurogenic origin, headache and insomnia. ...Read more

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Why does elavil or amitriptyline make you gain weight?

Why does elavil or amitriptyline make you gain weight?

Antihistamine: The antihistamine effect of Amitriptyline is what stimulates appetite and ultimately leads to weight gain (also causes sleepiness). This class of tricyclic antidepressants (called tertiary amines) tends to have stronger antihistamine effect. The secondary amines like nortriptyline and desiprimine have less of the antihistamine effect. ...Read more

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Gained 20 pounds on elavil (amitriptyline). What to do?

D/C it, or diet: Elavil (amitriptyline) often causes wt gain. If it could be replaced with another antidepressant, then have your md d/c it and replace it - but you'll still need to do some exercise to help lose the wt. If you can't d/c the elavil, (amitriptyline) then you have to be aggressive about wt management: watching caloric intake and doing vigorous exercise. In worst cases, sometimes an appetite suppressant is used too. ...Read more

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