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Is memory loss a side effect of elavil (amitriptyline)?

Is memory loss a side effect of elavil (amitriptyline)?

Possible: And this side effect is listed within the PDR records, due to its intense anti-cholinergic side effects. ...Read more

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Memory Loss (Definition)

There can be short term memory loss such as "where did I put my keys? " or long term memory loss such as "where did I live as a child? " There also can be catastrophic memory loss such as ...Read more


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Would a dose of 10 mg elavil (amitriptyline) cause memory problems or brain fog?

Would a dose of 10 mg elavil (amitriptyline) cause memory problems or brain fog?

Possibly: Each person is unique with regard to clinical response and development of side effects to medications. If you have developed "brain fog" after starting elavil, (amitriptyline) it is important to talk with your doctor about this. Often early side effects resolve after about 7-14 days, but if it is not tolerable in the meantime, you may need a change of medication. ...Read more

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Taken off of Depakote for migraines, due to hair loss. Put on amitriptyline 25mg for 3 months now, could this be causing hair loss as well.

Taken off of Depakote for migraines, due to hair loss. Put on amitriptyline 25mg for 3 months now, could this be causing hair loss as well.

Unlikely: There may be another cause of hair loss. ask your dr to do general review: physical, labs (including thyroid) and be sure othier things are okay. ...Read more

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Amitriptyline & Gabapentin for 15wks + physio. Cervical MRI = loss of lordosis & osteophyte C5-C6.My shoulder is still painful. What else can I do?

Amitriptyline & Gabapentin for 15wks + physio. Cervical MRI = loss of lordosis & osteophyte C5-C6.My shoulder is still painful. What else can I do?

Neurosurgeon opinion: This opinion will give you the best answer. The problem appears to be the osteophyte and may reflect pressure on a nerve. It does not necessarily follow that this is the cause but may be a cause. The physiotherapy and meds are a conservative way of treatment. Has the pain gotten better? If so can you live with what you have? See the doc
Best to you. ...Read more

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Lymphoma? Had diarrhea and no appetite x4weeks lost 10lb. Doc put me on amitriptyline 10mg. Thought anxiety and depression. Appetite is back. No more weight loss, no gain either. Intestinal lymphoma?

Lymphoma? Had diarrhea and no appetite x4weeks lost 10lb. Doc put me on amitriptyline 10mg. Thought anxiety and depression. Appetite is back. No more weight loss, no gain either. Intestinal lymphoma?

Doubtful: It is doubtful that you have an intestinal lymphoma. The main thing is that your weight has stabilized. Your doctor was probably correct his diagnosis of depression and anxiety as both of those can cause the symptoms that led to your weight loss. Overtime your weight will likely return unless of course you diet. Keep in touch with your family doctor if you develop any further symptoms so that you could be evaluated further if necessary. The likelihood of an intestinal lymphoma is exceedingly low. Enjoy your holidays. Best wishes. ...Read more

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10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

Hair loss: Causes of hair loss include hormonal issues, local infection, trauma eg from hard hair brushes / hot air blow drying / dyes & chemicals, severe illness (during and months after), poor diet, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc. On very rare occasions ordinary medications may be involved, when used at high doses. OTC Biotin, Vitamin D & E, Omega oils orally and Minoxidil lotion topically may help. ...Read more

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What's the best time to take amitriptyline?

What's the best time to take amitriptyline?

At bedtime.: Amitriptiline can be used for neurologic pain and depression. It usually causes sleepiness or mild sedation, so the best time to take is at bedtime. ...Read more

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How do you wing off 25mg amitriptyline?

How do you wing off 25mg amitriptyline?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Can be weened over a period of a few weeks at this dose.
Be sure to discuss this with your prescribing doctor. If you have it in tablet form you can break it into quarters and take away one quarter every 5 days. Consider replacing it with Pamelor (nortriptyline) which is less anticholinergic (dry mouth blurred vision etc) ...Read more

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Side effects from amitriptyline normal?

Side effects from amitriptyline normal?

Ami side effects: Not unusual but can be circumvented by using the lowest effective dose - 2.5 - 10 mg. The dose is individualised based on med sensitiviy, family history of success (and the effective dosage), type of illness being treated, comorbid medical and emotional disease, anticipated side effects and potential/ currently existing interactions with other medications/supplements. ...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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Is it okay to use endep (amitriptyline) for sleep?

Is it okay to use endep (amitriptyline) for sleep?

Off label use: Amitriptyline (Endep) is often used off -label for the treatment of insomnia. ...Read more

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

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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What should I do if I feel addicted to amitriptyline now?

Dependence: Addictions imply you need more and more to get the same effects, and it doesn't work as before. You may be dependent on it if you don't feel good without it, but are you still better on it than before you started it. Then it is still helping. Relapse off the med is not a sign of addiction. Talk to your md if you feel you need it but have side effects. ...Read more

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Taking amitriptyline 50 mg for 2 1/2 weeks, Taper or just stop?

Approach: I am assuming that amitryptiline was chosen to treat your neuropathy, and that the side effects are not tolerated (common scenario). The low dose and relatively short experience should make it easy to go off
Tapering over a week should be sufficient, but work with your doctor, and follow suggested approach. ...Read more

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Will being on Amitriptyline affect my progress in bodybuilding?

Will being on Amitriptyline affect my progress in bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding: No. The only thing is that this class of drug does cause sluggishness and that may mAke it more difficult to work out ...Read more

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What are the side effects of amitriptyline are making me feel so sick?

What are the side effects of amitriptyline are making me feel so sick?

Amitriptyline SE: Amitriptyline can cause dry mouth (xerostomia), blurred vision, constipation, and urinary retention. ...Read more

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If I take amitriptyline 25mg at bedtime can I take 5htp or passionflower?

Sure: Shouldn't do any harm but probably not much benefit either. ...Read more

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Would there be any drug interaction by taking meloxacam and amitriptyline?

Would there be any drug interaction by taking meloxacam and amitriptyline?

Drug interactions: No drug interactions are listed between Meloxicam & amitriptyline. Remember, however, that Elavil (amitriptyline) alone can have side effects such as sedation, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision. Never mix Elavil with other sedating drugs, especially alcohol. ...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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Perphenazine: Not quite "high" but certainly oversedated in an uncomfortable way, at high doses. ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Endep (Definition)

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


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