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I learned that the cox 2 receptor is inhibited by nsaids, but how exactly does amitriptyline reduce pain?
Not yet known: The exact mechanism of action is apparently not yet known but it just thought to be by the low doses of Amitriptyline being used blocking pain signals in the spinal cord by the increase of norepinephrine and serotonin into the spinal cord tracks that carry pain signals to the brain, best wishes. ...Read more
Useful medication.: Amitriptyline can be helpful for many medical conditions, including migraines, insomnia, and depression. Side effects such as sleepiness, dry eyes, dry mouth, and constipation may occur. Side effects tend to be less if the medication is started at a low dose and gradually increased (titrated). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Endep (amitriptyline) (amitriptylline) is a medication that is often used for fibromyalgia in certain people. One of the way it helps is that it causes drowsiness and helps people sleep which is a big problem in fibromyalgia. Because of its many side effects, it may not be well tolerated by older people. It should be avoided in people who have heart problems, prostate problems and glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does amitriptyline work by calming the central nervous system ? In this case would it help with anxiety/stress ?
What's a good equivalent to elavil? I have severe anxiety and slight insomnia and am prescribed 3mg of Xanax a day and 50mg of elavil at night. I've been on Xanax for years and it works for me. I've just recently been prescribed elavil and it does help me
Elavil (amitriptyline): Elavil is an old antidepressant used for fibromyalgia. Lexapro is a newer antidepressant with similar qualities that helps with sleep. Cymbalta works for pain in some people. You are on a fairly high dose of xanax (alprazolam). Maybe you should try klonapin, which last longer... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer