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Doctor insights on: Amitriptyline Uses Other Than Depression

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How effective is amitriptyline for treating depression?

How effective is amitriptyline for treating depression?

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. Can also be used at low dose for Nocturnal enuresis. ...Read more

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How effective is Elavil (amitriptyline) for treating depression?

How effective is Elavil (amitriptyline) for treating depression?

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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Why is elavil (amitriptyline) supposed to help depression when it sometime can cause it?

Why is elavil (amitriptyline) supposed to help depression when it sometime can cause it?

In addition, : True. Elavil (amitriptyline) is not used as antidepressant that often anymore. As a tricyclic, therapeutic doses leads to problematic sidd effects (e.g., sedation, weight gain, dry mouth, etc.). However, Elavil (amitriptyline) at loeer doses is commonly used in pain management and as a non-addictive sleep aid. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed mirtazapine for depression and amitriptyline for pain. Is it okay to be on both?

I've been prescribed mirtazapine  for depression and amitriptyline for pain. Is it okay to be on both?

Just take one.: Both can cause mouth dryness/constipation & both are sedating anti-depressants. Would prefer mirtazapine although you did not really provide details of what type of depression you have. If you really need to continue amitriptyline, would suggest SSRI like sertraline instead of mirtazapine in AM to counteract the constipation side effect of amitriptyline. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take elavil (amitriptyline) to work for chronic pain and depression together?

How long does it usually take elavil (amitriptyline) to work for chronic pain and depression together?

A lot: Although Elavil (amitriptyline) is an antidepressant, the medicine is out of traditional repertoire for depression. Very high dose will be required, and may be poorly tolerated. ...Read more

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I'm 3 days in to taking 10mg of amitriptyline for IBS and i'm having bad depression and dizzyness. Will the side effects get better? If so when? Thnx

I'm 3 days in to taking 10mg of amitriptyline for IBS and i'm having bad depression and dizzyness. Will the side effects get better? If so when?  Thnx

Amitriptylene: Amitriptylene is an antidepressant whose side effects can help ibs -- especially when bowel activity is overactive. It can also cause changes in blood pressure when standing up from a lying position. This may dissipate in a few more days. Taking it at bedtime may help alleviate this & any sedating effects too. Please tell your doctor about any increase in depressive symptoms though! ...Read more

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Can I please get a prescription for elavil (amitriptyline)? I suffer from depression also anxiety.

Can I please get a prescription for elavil (amitriptyline)? I suffer from depression also anxiety.

Elavil (amitriptyline): Prescription medications can only be dispensed after face-to-face contact with the doctor. Sorry. ...Read more

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I take 150 mg. Amitriptyline at night for anxiety and depression. Does drinking caffeine takes away the benefits of the medication?

I take 150 mg. Amitriptyline at night for anxiety and depression. Does drinking caffeine takes away the benefits of the medication?

Can add to anxiety: Caffeine doesn't alter the antidepressant effect of Elavil (amitriptyline), but it can cause or worsen anxiety. So in that sense it could counteract the effect of the medication. Low to moderate amounts of caffeine shouldn't be a problem unless you're fairly sensitive to it, but on general principles i advise anxious patients to minimize caffeine. ...Read more

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Which is better for anxiety disorer ,depression,panic attack and help you gain weight, amitriptyline or remerom?

Which is better for anxiety disorer ,depression,panic attack and help you gain weight, amitriptyline or remerom?

Horse racing: Picking the winner is not possible. Each medication works well for some and causes problems for others. Your doctor may know you well enough to make a good choice or may need to refer you to a trained specialist. This is not a D.I.Y. type project - you need to be monitored and note that CBT therapy always optimizes medication effectiveness. Best! ...Read more

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I want to know how many milligrams of amitriptyline equivalent to 75 of sertraline for the treatment of severe depression...

I want to know how many milligrams of amitriptyline equivalent to 75 of sertraline for the treatment of severe depression...

Not exactly what: you asked - but 98.5 of sertraline equivalent to 122.3 of amitrypline. I don't think that this is a useful equivalent now adays. The reason is that the dose of amitryptyline needed to tx depression would be high enough that side effects may not be tolerable.

https://www.nationalelfservice.net/treatment/antidepressants/dose-equivalents-antidepressants-standardising-prescribing-different-drugs ...Read more

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I'm taking Amitriptyline HCL 25 mg at night for Depression, TMJ pain, and insomnia. My Dr is over 2 hrs away and I think I need an increased dosage?

Face-to-face: Unfortunately TCA (Amitriptyline ) medication monitoring must be done face-to-face or via video conferencing. The only allowable exception is when a patient is experiencing adverse symptoms from psychotropic medication and phone consultation with another professional is necessary. Call your doctor for appointment. ...Read more

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I take levothyroxine 50mcg in morning for hypothyroidism - safe to take 10mg amitriptyline at bed for depression? I've heard there's an interaction.

I take levothyroxine 50mcg in morning for hypothyroidism - safe to take 10mg amitriptyline at bed for depression? I've heard there's an interaction.

Epocrates no interac: Epocrates shows no interactions between levothyroxin and amitriptyline. Even if there were, it would be likely to be insignificant due to the low dose of Amitriptyline that you are taking. No need to worry. Have a good night. ...Read more

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I have gad and depression, why does my doc want me to take elavil (amitriptyline) during the day and before bed instead of just before bed? Many thanks

Duration : The duration of action of Amitriptyline is ~18 hours and is usually dosed once daily. Using it twice a day may be to prevent side effects. Please ask your doctor why this is being done in your case. ...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