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Bowel activity: Your bowel activity is regulated via autonomic tone, and neurotransmitter balance is part of this. Cholinergic impulses can make your bowel contract and move stool along. If anything disturbs these impulses, your bowel will become sluggish. Amitriptylene has strong anti-cholinergic properties -- so at a high enough dose, your bowel activity slows down. The result can be constipation. ...Read more
Am prone to constipation and excruciating hemorrhoids. Will 10mgs amitriptyline make problem more extreme, or are side effcs unlikely at low dose?
Depends: If you get side effects, you get them. Every patient is different. If you aren't already, you should be on fiber supplements 2-3 times a day, plenty of fluids (apple juice is wonderful) and lots of fruit and veggies. Use vaseline down below. If you still struggle, you have to weight the benefit of the medicine vs the problems it causes. Many have stopped Amitriptyline due to the contstipation. ...Read more
Would amitriptyline 10mg mask symptoms of intestinal lymphoma? Had 4 weeks of sudden diarrhea, no appetite and lost 12lbs. Started amitriptyline a month ago, ravenous appetite and constipation now.
Was given amitriptyline for lack of full anal sphincter function (basically, poop gets stuck & i can urge it out). Not constipated. Will this help it?
Not sure: Amitriptylene has certain side effects which oppose bowel activity and slow it down. Constipation can result. If the doctor's idea is that your anal sphincter tone is too high, amitriptylene could help. I'll add that if this doesn't work, certain homeopathic remedies may be more useful for you. You could consult a professional homeopath to receive the one most likely to work for you. ...Read more