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Is it safe for someone with a right bundle branch block to take the medications Elavil/Desryl seperate and/or together?
RBBB: Both these medications list cardiac conduction abnormalities, and RBBB is one, as contraindications to their use. I have seen patients with chronic,longstanding RBBB tolerate low dose Elavil in past years. Other antidepressants may be considered in such patients. Your pharmacist or a cardiologist would be better qualified to answer this question,however. ...Read more
Can the medication elavil (amitriptyline) change the color of your urine? Put on it for headaches and noticed that my urine is now dark yellow and green
YEs it can: This is a classic side effect for this drug. Discoloration is usually green/blue in nature but not necessarily a sign of serious problems. Talk it over with your physician. ...Read more
I notified on a medication interaction site it had a 'low risk' warning for my Elavil (amitriptyline) and tri-previfem. Will this lower the pills effectiveness?
No: the low incidence of interaction shouldn't reduce the effectiveness of either medication ...Read more
I take Elavil (amitriptyline) ( Amitriptyline ) along with my Rheumatoid arthritis medications 2 control pain but it causes morning headaches.How 2 stop these headach?
Headaches may result: from all 3 meds Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), rheumatoid arthritis, Iron deficiency anemia, ovarian cyst and stress. Using amitriptyline together with hydrocodone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Seek evaluation. Use lifestyle changes and stress reduction. Best regards for relief. ...Read more
Why did my doctor prescribe me elavil (amitriptyline) for fibromyalgia when i said i didn't want more medication and i just asked for a referral to a chiropractor?
Not a bad choice: I don't know why your doctor prescribed medication when you told him you wanted a referral to a chiropractor. Mds and chiropractors operate from differing world views, so it is not often you'll find an md willing to refer to a chiropractor. There is no evidence greater than anecdotal report that chiropractic will help your fibromyalgia. There is evidence that medication can help with the pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will I get more pain relief from nerve pain if I use a combination of both drugs like elavil and Lyrica, (pregabalin) than if I used just one ?
Most likely: Since they attack "nerve" pain by different mechanisms then there is a potential for additive benefit. They are often used in combination for that purpose. Keep in mind that medications like this do not work right away, so if you can tolerate as they "get into your system" over the course of a few weeks you will be able to see if they truly work for you. ...Read more
Can someone tell me about the drug Elavil (amitriptyline)? I was given to take at bedtime 10mg for insomnia. Isnt this an antidepressant? I dont want mental changes.
Please repost: Please repost your question and let us know how the doctor who gave you the prescription answered your question; or, if you have not asked the doctor who gave you the prescription this question, why not. ...Read more
Do the drugs olanzapine, Zoloft (sertraline) and elavil work on the parasympathetic nervous system to calm you down ?
Elavil (amitriptyline): has mostly anticholinergic side effects (dry mouth, constipation, elevated heart rate) just the opposite of parasympathetic. The calming effect is due to a much more complex interaction of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters further up stream (cortex and deep gray matter structures like the thalamus, the hypopithalamus, putamen, globus pallidus, nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area.) ...Read more
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
Antihistamine: The antihistamine effect of Amitriptyline is what stimulates appetite and ultimately leads to weight gain (also causes sleepiness). This class of tricyclic antidepressants (called tertiary amines) tends to have stronger antihistamine effect. The secondary amines like nortriptyline and desiprimine have less of the antihistamine effect. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
D/C it, or diet: Elavil (amitriptyline) often causes wt gain. If it could be replaced with another antidepressant, then have your md d/c it and replace it - but you'll still need to do some exercise to help lose the wt. If you can't d/c the elavil, (amitriptyline) then you have to be aggressive about wt management: watching caloric intake and doing vigorous exercise. In worst cases, sometimes an appetite suppressant is used too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: A person may become manic on it, but there are no drug-like highs no be gotten off it. ...Read more
Depends: Elavil (amitriptyline) can interact with several other meds such that even a low dose can be toxic and some people don't metabolize well. You should discuss with your prescriber your concerns. If thinking of a suicide plan, tell them as well. It's not a pleasant nor sure thing and other help is available if this isn't working. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to taper off Elavil taken for 80 days? Took 12.5 mg for 40 days, tapered up to 20 mg, which I took for 2 more weeks. Using drops (1 drop=2mg).
Taper ok: Taper weekly by 50% for two weeks ...Read more