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Doctor insights on: Amitriptyline Vs Ambien

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I was just prescribed Amitriptyline for aiding sleep and was wondering what the difference is from Ambien (zolpidem) which I used to be prescribed.

I was just prescribed Amitriptyline for aiding sleep and was wondering what the difference is from Ambien (zolpidem) which I used to be prescribed.

New medicine: This medicine works differently than ambien (zolpidem). For that reason, it may work better or worse for you. It can cause you to feel sleepy. It can also cause a feeling of a dry mouth or light headedness. It is used often in Neurology to prevent headaches or for nerve pain as well. ...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


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My husband and I want to try to conceive, how long before trying should I stop taking my meds? Address XR, Ambien, (zolpidem) Amitriptyline and Clonipin?

My husband and I want to try to conceive, how long before trying should I stop taking my meds? Address XR, Ambien, (zolpidem) Amitriptyline and Clonipin?

Regular periods: So long as you have regular periods and there have been no recent changes in your medication regimen- I'd say your chances of conception are the same taking as well as not taking those medications you've mentioned. ...Read more

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I am a 53 yo female with lower back pain and insomnia. I have amitriptyline 10 mg. If it doesn't help me fall asleep can I take 5 mg ambien also? If am

I am a 53 yo female with lower back pain and insomnia.  I have amitriptyline 10 mg. If it doesn't help me fall asleep can I take 5 mg ambien also? If am

Depends: These two medicines can be taken together but you may end up feeling more groggy/drowsy than you want in AM. 10 mg of amitriptyline is a starting dose, instead of combining the two drugs, increasing the dose of it may be a better option. But before you up that dosage, talk to you doctor about the best plan of action, especially if you have any other issues like kidney or heart disease. ...Read more

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Can 25mg Elavil be taken along with 10 mg Ambien (zolpidem)?

Can 25mg Elavil be taken along with 10 mg Ambien (zolpidem)?

If prescribed that: Way — yes. Potential drug interaction symptoms are dizziness, sedation, V judgment & concentration. But, it you are asleep — those issues are not likely to matter. ...Read more

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I have been up for three days. Tried Lunesta, (eszopiclone) Ambien, dphnhydrm. Elavil. Tonight doxylamine succinate. I took 50 mg ~4 hrs ago. Can I take 1 more?

I have been up for three days. Tried Lunesta, (eszopiclone) Ambien, dphnhydrm. Elavil. Tonight doxylamine succinate. I took 50 mg ~4 hrs ago. Can I take 1 more?

50 mg is max: 50mg is the max recommended dose for insomnia using doxylamine. I would recommend consulting your physician for an exam — possibly even a psychiatrist or sleep specialist to determine why you haven't been able to sleep! ...Read more

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Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon),lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon),lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Different: Everyone is different. It also depends upon why you are having difficulty with sleep. If you suffer insomnia talk to your doctor about this. There are many medications that can be used for this disorder. ...Read more

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I took my ambiem pill 3 1/2 ago can I take my amitriptylin now so I can go to bed?

I took my ambiem pill 3 1/2 ago can I take my amitriptylin now so I can go to bed?

Amitriptyline now ok: There seems to me no good reason to avoid taking Ambien (zolpidem) and Amitriptyline at the same time as long as you get into bed as soon as you take the ambien (zolpidem). I also encourage you to use good sleep hygiene as described in this link: http://www.Stanford. Edu/~dement/howto. Html. ...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)?

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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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?

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?

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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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


Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more