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How does amitriptyline cause constipation?

How does amitriptyline cause constipation?

Anticholinergic: Amitriptyline can cause constipation by anticholinergic side effects, which is generally drying, dry mouth is also common, . ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how the drug amitriptyline causes constipation?

Can you please tell me how the drug amitriptyline causes constipation?

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

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Am prone to constipation and excruciating hemorrhoids. Will 10mgs amitriptyline make problem more extreme, or are side effcs unlikely at low dose?

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

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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?

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

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Was on amitriptyline 10mg, doc wanted to reduce it to half because I was constipated. Been 5 days at half, and now experiencing diarrhea. Ibs? I've had normal colonoscopy, blood work, xray. Worried.

Was on amitriptyline 10mg, doc wanted to reduce it to half because I was constipated. Been 5 days at half, and now experiencing diarrhea. Ibs? I've had normal colonoscopy, blood work, xray. Worried.

Stop worrying: There is no reason for vorrying if the diarrhea continues than check it with your doctor or gastroenterologist. Just drink some extra fluids and take immodium for diarrhea and if it persists check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the medication amitriptyline used for?

What is the medication amitriptyline used for?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant use in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders neuropathic pain, and post herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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Is 100mg of amitriptyline at bedtime too much?

Is 100mg of amitriptyline at bedtime too much?

No: Maintenance dose: is 150 to 300 mg per day orally in single or divided doses. Ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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What is elavil (amitriptyline)?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is a Tricyclic Antidepressant, used for Major depression, Enuresis, ADHD, Headache prophylaxis, among others. ...Read more

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What are the effects of elavil (amitriptyline)?

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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Is amitriptyline an maoi?

Is amitriptyline an maoi?

No: It is an antidepressant of the tricyclic group - very different. ...Read more

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Is amitriptyline good for crps?

Is amitriptyline good for crps?

Worth a try: Complex regional pain syndrome is a challenging problem to treat, and your doctors will be trying a number of options to help you. Amitriptylene at low dose may have some positive effects in pain syndromes. If you're not already working with a pain medicine specialist on this problem, you might consider a consultation. ...Read more

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Can I take amitriptyline and quinine?

See details: Quinine has been removed from the prescription shelves in the us. Do not use it. ...Read more

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Side effect from elavil (amitriptyline)?

Side effect from elavil (amitriptyline)?

Many: In that it affects multiple neurotransmitters, it can cause many side effects. Receptors and side effect: histamine - sedation, weight gain; cholinergic - dryness, urinary retention, memory decline, ed; adrenergic - low blood pressure, tremor, rapid heart rate; serotonin - tiredness, weight gain, ed. ...Read more

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Is amitriptyline acceptible for insomnia?

Is amitriptyline acceptible for insomnia?

Elavil (amitriptyline): At low dose, yes, if not conflict with other medications you are on, and if insomnia is secondary to depression ...Read more

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Can perphenazine amitriptyline get u high?

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Can perphenazine amitriptyline get u high?

Perphenazine: Not quite "high" but certainly oversedated in an uncomfortable way, at high doses. ...Read more

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Can you take amitriptyline with amlodipine?

Can you take amitriptyline with amlodipine?

Amlodipine: You can use this combination but the doctors should both know what you're taking. ...Read more

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Can I take nulev and elavil (amitriptyline)?

Can I take nulev and elavil (amitriptyline)?

Proceed With Caution: Using Elavil (generic amitriptyline) with nulev (generic hyoscyamine) may increase side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, heat intolerance, flushing, decreased sweating, difficulty urinating, abdominal cramping, constipation, rapid heart beats, confusion, and memory problems. The elderly are especially vulnerable to these side effects. Work closely with md. ...Read more

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Can amitriptyline be replaced by trazodone?

Can amitriptyline be replaced by trazodone?

Possibly: Depending upon the indications, trazadone could be used for similar conditions as amitryptiline, and likely have fewer side effects. ...Read more

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How does Amitriptyline work for nerve pain?

Still unknown: We used to think that amitriptyline acted on the brain at the level of the thalamus or other pain interpretive centers but recent evidence points to a peripheral action site blocking C-type pain fibers- specifically, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors carrying neuropathic pain.

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Can 10mg of amitriptyline affect the bladder?

Can 10mg of amitriptyline affect the bladder?

Elavil (amitriptyline) effects: Amitriptyline is the generic form of elavil (amitriptyline). It is a tricyclic antidepressant medication that has anticholinergic activity. I am not sure what effect you are having but urinary retention can occur. Discuss in detail with your prescribing health professional any difficulties you are experiencing. ...Read more

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What is Elavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride)?

What is Elavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride)?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is a Tricyclic Antidepressant, used for Major depression, Enuresis, ADHD, Headache prophylaxis, among others. ...Read more

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Are amitriptyline and Xanax (alprazolam) similar?

NO: Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant for depression and some forms of anxiety, sometimes used for chronic pain or migraine. Xanax (alprazolam) is a triazolobenzodiazepine or a benzodiazepine with an extra triazole ring structure. It is quite addicting and has a short half-life. It is used for panic, with or without agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder and for anxiety associated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to combine Amitriptyline and 5HTP?

Yes: 5 HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid that can be converted to serotonin in the body, and amitriptyline is a drug that boosts serotonin in the body. Using the two together could easily lead to levels of serotonin that are too high - leading to high blood pressure, fever, confusion, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, and a range of other side effects that are unpleasant and unsafe. ...Read more

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Can Amitriptyline help with RSI tendon type pain?

Yes: Amitriptyline can work for many different kinds of chronic pain ...Read more

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Does amitriptyline help you achieve stage 4 sleep?

Does amitriptyline help you achieve stage 4 sleep?

Reduces REM sleep: Studies have demonstrated reduced REM sleep due to amitriptyline. If you're taking amitriptyline for depression, pain, or headaches and it's helping, then there may not be any need to change the medication. See you prescribing physician to discuss before making any medication changes. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/2284326, http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/216045 ...Read more

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Is it ok to take amitriptyline and doxepin together?

Not a good idea: Doxepin and Amitriptyline are both tricyclics antidepressants. Though an individual may respond better to one or the other, use of both together is unlikely to have more benefit than increasing the dose of one or the other. ...Read more

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