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What is the definition or description of: Aventyl (nortriptyline) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Aventyl (nortriptyline) allergy?

Aventyl allergy: Nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl HCl) is a is a tricyclic antidepressant used in the treatment of depression. Allergic reactions could include swelling of tongue, throat, lips, mouth, face, hives or difficulty breathing. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Effects of nortriptyline hydrochloride?

Effects of nortriptyline hydrochloride?

Complicated: This tca antidepressant can also treat pain & enuresis. May work by increasing norepinephrine & serotonin. It is also antihistaminic. Common side effects (se's) include dry mouth, sedation, constipation, blurry vision & increased appetite. May increase suicidal ideation in a few patients. Should be monitored by md if there is a history of heart problems or suicidal behaviors. ...Read more

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Does a 10mg does of aventyl (nortriptyline) have side effects or is it fairly safe? I have been told this dose is very mild.

Does a 10mg does of aventyl (nortriptyline) have side effects or is it fairly safe? I have been told this dose is very mild.

Nortriptyline: Hi, yes it is very small dose but you might still develop some side effects like dry mouth, constipation, nausea, drowsiness in first couple of weeks but those will go away. ...Read more

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Will a 10mg dose of aventyl (nortriptyline) have the cardiac side effects that come as a warning? If so will a reduced dose help?

Will a 10mg dose of aventyl (nortriptyline) have the cardiac side effects that come as a warning? If so will a reduced dose help?

In some people YES: In my experience an extremely small percentage of people with adversely react to 10 mg. Of Aventyl (Nortriptyline). In fact, that is precisely why I titrate nortriptyline starting at 10mg. And escalate SLOWLY by only 10mg. Weekly when treating my headache patients just to be able and gauge potentially intolerable side effects. Only handful in over 25 years who have major disaster at lowest dose ...Read more

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I struggle with ocd/negative thoughts constantly. Would a low dose of aventyl (nortriptyline) help this? What other medications help?

I struggle with ocd/negative thoughts constantly. Would a low dose of aventyl (nortriptyline) help this? What other medications help?

Not really.: Aventyl or Pamelor may help with depression and anxiety but the standard of treatment of OCD is usually a higher than usual dosage of antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Anafranil, Paxil (paroxetine) or Lexapro. You and your psychiatrist may have to work diligently as to what medication and dosage will control your OCD. ...Read more

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My doctor wants to put me on a low dose of Aventyl (nortriptyline) (10mg) for migraines and severe anxiety. Is this wise? Can this med kill me

My doctor wants to put me on a low dose of Aventyl (nortriptyline) (10mg) for migraines and severe anxiety. Is this wise? Can this med kill me

Recommended: Aventyl, (nortriptyline) Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant used for anxiety, depression, chronic pain and as a migraine preventive medication. Follow your doctor's advice. You are in a good hands. ...Read more

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My mom is takng gabapentin nd nortriptyline hydrochloride tab regularly fr nerve prob. Any side effects on taking evryday and is it a painkiller tab?

My mom is takng gabapentin nd nortriptyline hydrochloride tab regularly fr nerve prob. Any side effects on taking evryday and is it a painkiller tab?

No: Nortriptyline and Neuron tin can help with neuropathic pain but are not pain killers. They work best if you take it everyday. Nortriptyline is a sedating antidepressant and norepinephrine retake inhibitor. Common side effects are dry mouth, weight gain, sedation. Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anti seizure medication that works on the gaba receptor. It can also help with anxiety. Sedation most common side effec ...Read more

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My doc wants to put me on low dose aventyl (nortriptyline) for migraine 'aura' and anxiety, but I hear it has some nasty side effects. Any medication that is safer?

My doc wants to put me on low dose aventyl (nortriptyline) for migraine 'aura' and anxiety, but I hear it has some nasty side effects. Any medication that is safer?

Similar medicines: Medicines similar to aventyl are amitriptyline and nortriptyline. They have been around longer, and they are often used to prevent migraines, but they may not be as effective for mood.

If you do not have a migraine aura often (2x/wk) you do not need a preventer. There are many other options for anxiety if you do not fancy this medicine. ...Read more

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Why do some children have allergies?

Why do some children have allergies?

Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies?

How are children tested for allergies?

See below: They are tested the same as everyone else. They can have skin testing performed by an allergist, or blood work ordered by their primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

I have an allergy to nuts and I was wondering if my children would also be allergic?

Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more

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How do docs test children for indoor & outdoor allergies?

How do docs test children for indoor & outdoor allergies?

Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read more

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Can a parents allergies be passed on to their children?

Can a parents allergies be passed on to their children?

Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read more

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Could food allergies cause irritable children?

Could food allergies cause irritable children?

Yes: Especially in children too young to communicate effectively. Food allergies can manifest as itching, hives, swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Any of these symptoms could lead to being irritable. Similarly, food intolerance syndromes such as lactose intolerance with abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea can also be accompanied by irritability. There are other reasons for being irritable as well. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

Probably same: An allergy may give you more symptoms but celiac usually attacks the digestive tract. ...Read more

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How do most schools accomodate children with food allergies?

How do most schools accomodate children with food allergies?

Lunch tables: Most schools provide a peanut free table for students with peanut allergy to sit at. They often have a friend that agrees not to bring peanut to school that is able to sit with them. ...Read more

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Can a parents' allergies to various foods be passed on to their children?

Can a parents' allergies to various foods be passed on to their children?

No: The condition of being allergic is certainly an inherited property. Often, that tendancy is greater in children whose biological mother has allergies. However, specific allergy is generally not thought to be inherited. That is, a parent can be allergic to food, and their children allergic to pollen or insect stings. ...Read more

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Is Zantac (ranitidine) (histamine blocker) used for children for allergies.?

Is Zantac (ranitidine) (histamine blocker) used for children for allergies.?

Add-on for hives: Ranitidine (zantac), although it's a different kind of histamine blocker (h2 for acid vs h1 for allergies), has been shown to have some anti-allergy properties, especially when used with an h1 blocker like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for hives. There was actually one study that showed benefit in nasal allergies, but I don't know anyone that prescribes it for that purpose. ...Read more

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What is a good source of calcium for children that have a cows milk allergy?

What is a good source of calcium for children that have a cows milk allergy?

Depends: There are a variety of sources depending on age and co-existing food allergies. Soy milk is a possible but 30% of cow milk allergic will be allergic to it. Goat milk or cheese, rice milk, etc. Older kids can simply be fed Tums wafers/tablets I a once or twice a day dosing based on size/need. These have enough calcium. The fluid/sugar & fat found in cow milk can be found in many sources. ...Read more

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Please describe a good source of calcium for children that have a milk allergy?

Lots of Stiuff: Fortified soy milk for beginners. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens. Fortified orange juice. Sardines. Enriched breads, grains, and waffles. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies in children if not treated or maintained, cause asthma later in life?

Can seasonal allergies in children if not treated or maintained, cause asthma later in life?

No: If you have the genes to get asthma, it doesn't matter if you treat seasonal allergies or not. It will emerge whenever & wherever you hit the trigger events that let it come out. Many kids have seasonal allergies. Those that ignore them do not get asthma because they chose to live with them without throwing meds or shots at them ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 8yr old ibuprofin while he took a dose of cvs children allergy medicine an hour ago?

Is it ok to give my 8yr old ibuprofin while he took a dose of cvs children allergy medicine an hour ago?

Yes: Just please give the medication according exactly to the dosing and weight guidelines on the package. The allergy medicine is an antihistamine. Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic (fever reducer) medication. ...Read more

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Do children grow out of allergies?

Do children grow out of allergies?

Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more

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How are children tested for allergies these days?

How are children tested for allergies these days?

Allergy testing: Usually encompasses skin and/or serum (blood) test which are consistent with the child's clinical history. ...Read more

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How often should children be tested for allergies?

How often should children be tested for allergies?

It depends: It really depends on the age of the child, and whether you're talking about food or environmental allergies. I generally will skin test children over age 2 for environmental allergies, while many younger kids need food testing. In terms of frequency, children with environmental allergies may benefit from repeat testing after 2 years, as their allergies can change as they get older. ...Read more

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Why is it that so many children have allergies nowadays?

Why is it that so many children have allergies nowadays?

Hygiene hypothesis: The immune system has two opposing arms, one makes protective antibodies against bacteria and viruses, the other makes allergic antibody. One theory is that early antibiotic use disrupts the gut flora which tips the scale away from fighting infection and more toward making allergic antibodies. Clean environments might be at fault as well, farm kids don't get allergies as much as city kids. ...Read more

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How do you confirm children's allergies from? Different foods?

How do you confirm children's allergies from? Different foods?

Skin testing: The easiest way to determine whether or not a child is allergic to certain foods is skin testing. Blood testing might also be considered. The gold standard (best) test for food allergy is an oral food challenge (should be done under supervision of a qualified allergist). ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Aventyl (Definition)

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