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

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

Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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Couldthe medicine amitriptyline cause vivid dreams/nightmares?

Couldthe medicine amitriptyline cause vivid dreams/nightmares?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Not likely, but depends on the dose. ...Read more

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Besides remeron, (mirtazapine) what other med is good for sedation and anxiety? Trazodone gives me terrible nightmares & elavil is evil to get used to.

Besides remeron, (mirtazapine) what other med is good for sedation and anxiety? Trazodone gives me terrible nightmares & elavil is evil to get used to.

Buspar (buspirone) is another: Buspar (buspirone) is a non-addictive anti-anxiety medication. Studies have also shown that approximately 70% of individuals taking anti-anxiety medications can learn to manage anxiety without medication with a course of focused cognitive-behavioral treatments by a psychologist. ...Read more

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Is amitriptyline a benzo?

Is amitriptyline a benzo?

No: Amitriptylene is a tricyclic antidepressant, not a benzodiazapine. ...Read more

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What is amitriptyline prescribed for?

What is amitriptyline prescribed for?

Sadness, sleep, pain: Amitriptyline is the generic name for the antidepressant elavil (amitriptyline). It is used for depression, insomnia and some pain disorders. ...Read more

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What is elavil (amitriptyline) ?

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

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Is amitriptyline used to help sleep?

Is amitriptyline used to help sleep?

Sometimes: It can definitely aid in sleeping as it has significant drowsy side effects, but is usually prescribed to help with another condition like chronic fibromyalgia pain or other neurological pain like migraines sometimes with the added benefit of also helping you sleep. I'm sure there are some doctors out there who may prescribe it for the sole purpose of being a sleep aid. ...Read more

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Why prescribe titrate amitriptyline?

Why prescribe titrate amitriptyline?

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 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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What are the side effects of amitriptyline?

Drowsiness, dizzy: More common side effects of Amitriptyline include drowsiness, dizziness, impaired coordination, palpitations, dry mouth, blurry vision, constipation, and urinary retention. ...Read more

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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 rhodiola safe to take with amitriptyline?

Is rhodiola safe to take with amitriptyline?

Yes, it is: Rhodiola has been used safely with all antidepressant types except MAO inhibitors. Some studies have shown in vitro inhibition of cyp 3a4 and p-glycoprotein with rhodola http://tinyurl.Com/kkh3lhq but this hasn't caused difficulty when used by live patients. [van diermend, et al. J ethnopharmacology.2009 mar 18;122(2):397-401; a.] amitriptylene and rhodiola can be safely used together. ...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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Does 20ml of endep (amitriptyline) help with pain?

Does 20ml of endep (amitriptyline) help with pain?

Type of pain?: Amitriptyline (Endep) is sometimes prescribed as an off-label treatment for certain types of pain. ...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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Any ideas what are 'amitriptyline' tablets used for?

Any ideas what are 'amitriptyline' tablets used for?

This is an: older class of antidepressants that is often used now to help with pain or sleep. ...Read more

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Can i go off endep (amitriptyline) 10mg cold turkey?

Can i go off endep (amitriptyline) 10mg cold turkey?

Go see your doctor!: Australia's endep (amitriptyline) is sold in states as Elavil brand of Amitriptyline which is an early antidepressant w/anticholinergic properties, causing dry eyes & mouth, constipation, inability to urinate & confusion. Both http://www.Webmd.Com/drugs/drug-9159-endep (amitriptyline)+oral.Aspx?Drugid=9159&drugname=endep (amitriptyline)+oral & http://www.Drugs.Com/elavil.Html recommend tapering off under your doctor's supervision. ...Read more

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Is it normal to sweat more when taking amitriptyline?

It is a known side: Effect from amitriptyline. It may cause dry skin in some ; increased sweating in others. ...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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What are the most common side effects of amitriptyline?

What are the most common side effects of amitriptyline?

Several: Sedation, dry mouth, dry eyes, blurry vision, sweating, appetite stimulation, constipation, and sometimes difficulty urinating. There can be complete urinary retention, with some. These side effects usually increase with dose, and some may dissipate with time. ...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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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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How can amitriptyline cause your metabolic rate to slow?

How can  amitriptyline cause your metabolic rate to slow?

Not quite right: I don't know that amptriptylene actually slows your metabolic rate, but it can increase appetite leading to weight gain. Also it has effects that slow your GI (gastrointestinal) system down, making constipation possible unless you're careful to drink fluids & eat good leafy greens, other vegetables, and fruits. This is different from the metabolic rate in your body, though. ...Read more

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25mg amitriptyline (elavil) typically prescribed for what?

Migraine prophylaxis: Elavil (amitriptyline) is tricyclic antidepressant medication used for multiple reasons such as migraine prophylaxis and neuropathy. ...Read more

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Does amitriptyline increase or decrease your sexual urges?

It depends: Sometimes Amitriptyline can decrease sex drive and ability to get an orgasm. However, if it helps treat depression, it can increase your sex drive. ...Read more

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Amitriptyline and caffeine do they work against each other?

On different neurons: Though caffien and Amitriptyline work differently in brain both are stimulants. ...Read more

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How can amitriptyline to cause your metabolic rate to slow?

It Does Not: It just causes increased appetite. That is the cause of weight gain. (it can also cause constipation which would cause a bloated abdomen and weight gain.). ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


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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