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Given25 mg elavil (amitriptyline) on 17 th, went down to 12.5 4 days ago. Want to stop taking it, sleepy, dopey, anxious Dr not available do I taper to 6.5 or can stop?

Given25 mg elavil (amitriptyline) on 17 th, went down to 12.5 4 days ago. Want to stop taking it, sleepy, dopey, anxious Dr not available do I taper to 6.5 or can stop?

Stop: You can stop it as the 12.5 mg is a very low dose and you should have few adverse symptoms. If you do get symptoms you could try the 6.25 a day or 12.5 mg every other day for 5-7 days. Be sure to notify your doctor of the problems you experienced with this medication.

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Is 50 mg amitriptyline taken at bedtime good for chronic ankle pain? After my first dose, I'm pain free but extremely sleepy. Is that result of dose

Chronic ankle pain: Best approach is to find the cause of the chronic ankle pain and treat it at the root. Topical medications may prove to be beneficial and help avert systemic side effects. Feeling sleepy is a common side effect of Amitriptyline. Your doctor may suggest starting it at a lower dose such as 10 or 25 mg at bedtime and titrating upwards as indicated and as tolerated.

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Taking propranolol 40mg, venlafaxinexr 112.75mg, amitriptyline 10mg for chronic migraine. Forgetting/confusion date, time & chores, sleepiness & fatigue?

Taking propranolol 40mg, venlafaxinexr 112.75mg, amitriptyline 10mg for chronic migraine. Forgetting/confusion date, time & chores, sleepiness & fatigue?

Botox: Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling forms of headache. Your meds combo as a preventive for chronic migraine is common. The side effects are common also (yin-yang). Do not stop using this drug without first consulting your physician. You can try botox, when injected at allergan protocol, is expected to produce results lasting up to three months. This way you will need less medication.

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How long does drowsiness last after taking amitriptyline?

How long does drowsiness last after taking amitriptyline?

Varies: Amitriptyline can be very sedating and for some people more than for others. It should be taken at bedtime and is often used to help with sleep, but for some people the drowsiness can last well into the next day.

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My docs say that propranolol 60mg, venlafaxine 150mg and amitriptyline 10mg cannot cause drowsiness. But I am experiencing drowsiness, confusion etc.?

My docs say that propranolol 60mg, venlafaxine 150mg and amitriptyline 10mg cannot cause drowsiness. But I am experiencing drowsiness, confusion etc.?

They could....: I have no doubt that the Amitriptyline can cause drowsiness, it is usually given at night with the intention of helping with sleep among other things (although you are on the lowest possible dose). Propranolol can cause drowsiness as well, the controlled -release may cause less. Venlafaxine usually is less likely to cause any drowsiness at all. Discuss with your md.

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Gastro prescribed elavil (amitriptyline) (25mg) for crohn's/ibs. Took it in evening, knew could cause drowsiness. Slept 14 hrs & exhausted. Better way to take it?

Lower dose, maybe: You might want to ask your doctor about a lower dose of Elavil (amitriptyline) -- it also comes in a 10mg size. If you slept for 14 hours and were exhausted after 25 mg at bedtime, this may have been too strong for you.

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Does lortab make you sleepy?

Does lortab make you sleepy?

Yes: Lortab has hydrocodone, which has a known side effect of making some people sleepy.

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Do diet pills make you sleepy?

Do diet pills make you sleepy?

Typically not: There are some diet medications that are prescription only. They usually don't make you sleepy, but some people can have this effect. It is unusual. I can't speak specifically (don't know which one your referring to) about non-prescription products, but, in general, should not make you sleepy.

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Will metformin make you sleepy?

Will metformin make you sleepy?

No: No, it shouldn't (at least in my practice I've never seen any warnings on it or had any patients complain of it...).

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Do antibiotics make you sleepy?

Do antibiotics make you sleepy?

They can: Antibiotics in general are well tolerated and most of the side effects are related to gastrointestinal symptoms. However as with any medications you take, side effects can vary from person to person and need to be addressed with your prescribing physician if they were to occur.

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Do concussions make you sleepy? .

Do concussions make you sleepy? .

Yes: Many times you can feel like in a fog. However if you are too sleepy you might want to make sure a brain MRI/CT is done so that no bleeding is going on or any other damage is not evident.

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Does antibiotics make you sleepy?

Does antibiotics make you sleepy?

Should not: There are many different antibiotics, and without being specific about which one you are taking it is difficult to be absolutely sure, but sleepiness is not a general side-effect.

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Claritin (loratadine) make you sleepy?

Claritin (loratadine) make you sleepy?

Unlikely: It would be distinctly unusual for claritin, (loratadine) at normal doses, to cause sleepiness.

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Can Claritin (loratadine) make you sleepy?

Claritin (loratadine): Like other antihistamines, it can make u drowsy, depending on the dose & your tolerance.

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Does Claritin (loratadine) make you sleepy?

Does Claritin (loratadine) make you sleepy?

No: It's supposed to be nonsedating. But, if your are exquisitely sensitive to medications, it's always possible.

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Does chewing gum make you sleepy or just more awake?

Does chewing gum make you sleepy or just more awake?

Typically neither: Chewing gum (aka masticating) does not have much effect on the sleep centers. What you are chewing may have more of an effect, ie sugar containing products or nicotine product.

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Yes I mean ativan (lorazepam) so it will make you sleepy?

It can cause: Sedation in some people but others handle it well.

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