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10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

10mg elavil (amitriptyline) for sleep/migraines. Have telogen effluvium from it. Doc switched to doxepin. Wont this cousin still cause hair loss?

Hair loss: Causes of hair loss include hormonal issues, local infection, trauma eg from hard hair brushes / hot air blow drying / dyes & chemicals, severe illness (during and months after), poor diet, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc. On very rare occasions ordinary medications may be involved, when used at high doses. OTC Biotin, Vitamin D & E, Omega oils orally and Minoxidil lotion topically may help. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I take trazodone for sleep make me sleep in 10 min but i dont sleep more then 5h do u think elavil (amitriptyline) make me sleep fast as trazodone and sleep longer?

I take trazodone for sleep make me sleep in 10 min but i dont sleep more then 5h do u think elavil (amitriptyline) make me sleep fast as trazodone and sleep longer?

Trazodone doesn't: usually act this way. It typically takes longer to act, and puts people out longer, with a longer hang over the next morning than Elavil (amitriptyline) or other sleep aids. Elavil (amitriptyline) is another antidepressant in this class, but has a bad reputation for side effects, mostly weight gain (not so for Trazodone). Check with your MD for dosages and also for alternative sleepers... ...Read more

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How to counteract the effect of elavil (amitriptyline) on rem.Sleep ?

How to counteract the effect of elavil (amitriptyline) on rem.Sleep ?

Not take it?: The ongoing use of Amitriptyline likely is disrupting to your sleep architecture. You could try melatonin to try to normalize your rem sleep or talk to you doctor about rozerem (ramelteon). The only other medicines that might help are for dementia or parkinson's disease. I notice you are taking Aripiprazole and mirtazpine and, these are also likely contributing to your rem disturbance. Talk to your md! ...Read more

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I was given Elavil to help me sleep. Isn't this an antidepressant? Can I take it as needed to help me sleep? Also I took klonopin (clonazepam) today, still safe?

I was given Elavil to help me sleep. Isn't this an antidepressant? Can I take it as needed to help me sleep? Also I took klonopin (clonazepam) today, still safe?

Combo not good: Amitriptyline in low doses 25 to 100 MG may be used prn for insomnia. Yes it is an antidepressant but requires doses of 3300 to 500 MG for treatment of depression. Combining with clonazepam is risky especially if you have never used one or both before due to possible over sedation or more severe consequence . Clonazepam is not good for insomnia due to rebound ...Read more

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On saphris (asenapine) 5mg/night 2wks now, on elavil 100mg/d 1y. Saphris (asenapine) maybe to help w/sleep and anxiety. Carb craving intense after saphris (asenapine). How to stop?

Variety of causes : Antipsychotic compounds such as saphris (asenapine) are linked with weight gain and the causes can be multifactorial ranging from modification of stress response system to Insulin resistance. The best strategy would be to use minimally effective dose of medication and combine it with a regimented exercise (cardio) program. If this fails, switching to another agent may be useful. ...Read more

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Wellbutrin xl. Can u take 150 ml of bupropion in the morning. And 10 ml of elavil (amitriptyline) at night for sleep?

Wellbutrin xl. Can u take 150 ml of bupropion in the morning. And 10 ml of elavil (amitriptyline) at night for sleep?

Yes: But sometes people get used to the sedating side effects of Elavil (amitriptyline) so that is why it is not approved as a sleep med. The is no reason why the two meds can not be taken. They are comparable ...Read more

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I don't sleep I have tried all over counter meds don't work. Was on restoril (temazepam) that did work was changed to elavil that just keeps me awake and suicide?

I don't sleep I have tried all over counter meds don't work. Was on restoril (temazepam) that did work was changed to elavil that just keeps me awake and suicide?

Notify prescriber: Please let your prescribing provider know of this as soon as possible. If you feel the urge to actually follow through with killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room. If you are not currently under the care of a psychiatrist- that would be highly recommended. ...Read more

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I cannot get more that 2-3 hours of sleep every night. I havetried all the natural routes and had elavil, valium, xanax (alprazolam). Also, there is no psychological component. Nothing is helping. What should I do?

I cannot get more that 2-3 hours of sleep every night. I havetried all the natural routes and had elavil, valium, xanax (alprazolam). Also, there is no psychological component. Nothing is helping. What should I do?

Med to consider: I agree with dr koenigsber's recommendation for a formal sleep study a trial on all subsequent recommendations. If a med is still needed, talk with your doctor about trying low dose Chlorpromazine 25-75mg at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is elavil (amitriptyline) safe to use for sleep? Is it safe to use in someone who has bipolar disorder?

Is elavil (amitriptyline) safe to use for sleep? Is it safe to use in someone who has bipolar disorder?

Elavil (amitriptyline) is of course: an antidepressant. Antidepressants might potentially flip someone with bipolar disorder into mania or hypomania. Therefore it wouldn't be my first choice of medications to aid with sleep. Take care. ...Read more

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Lamotrigine 200mg/elavil 50mg/paxil 10mg I wake early with morning sweats - altering sleep time does not work. Thinking of adding trazodone at night?

Lamotrigine 200mg/elavil 50mg/paxil 10mg
I wake early with morning sweats - altering sleep time does not work.  Thinking of adding trazodone at night?

Are you treating you: treating self? Medications may offer marginal help until the cause of your insomnia is identified and managed appropritely. See a doctor for full physical and mental evaluation ...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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Does elavil or tofranil help with sleep along with depression thinking of changing my remeron (mirtazapine) because still depressed and massive weight gain?

Does elavil or tofranil help with sleep along with depression thinking of changing my remeron (mirtazapine) because still depressed and massive weight gain?

Elavil? Remeron (mirtazapine)?: Elavil (amitriptyline) and tofranil (imipramine) are both sedating antidepressants. These can also contribute to weight gain, however. It is essential to speak with your prescribing doc so you can discuss your current sxs and side effects and determine the best plan for you going forward. ...Read more

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I have insomnia and mild depression. I was just prescribed .5 Klonopin and 10mg Elavil at bed time for sleep and 20 MG Prozac in the morning. My question is, since they are all 3 antidepr. would you suggest i try Klonopin and Elavil first or all 3?

I have insomnia and mild depression. I was just prescribed .5 Klonopin and 10mg  Elavil at bed time for sleep and 20 MG Prozac in the morning. My question is,  since they are all 3 antidepr. would you suggest i try Klonopin and Elavil first or all 3?

It depends upon: upon several factors, and without knowing more about you it’s hard to say. You may wish to speak to your prescriber and ask these specific questions. Prozac and Elavil are different types of antidepressants, and Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine; none of them are specifically for insomnia, but may cause sedation which may be why you were instructed to take them at night. Good luck! ...Read more

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Welbutrin 4anxiety&previcid 4hiatal hernia&barretts also have painful gas bloat when sleeping, gastroparisis, ibs.Added prescription is [email protected] Safe ?

Welbutrin 4anxiety&previcid 4hiatal hernia&barretts also have painful gas bloat when sleeping, gastroparisis, ibs.Added prescription is elavil&zantac@nite. Safe ?

Probably: In my practice, i don't prescribe wellbutrin (bupropion) for anxiety. I use other antidepressants, which I have found are more effective for anxiety. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is effective for depression. You need to consult with your treating physician to carefully review all of your medications for potential interactions. ...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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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