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Amitriptyline Vs Ambien
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
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
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
If I wake up in pain even though I'm taking elavil, can I take an Ambien (zolpidem) to get back to sleep?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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