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My sister has headaches everyday. Elavil (amitriptyline) does nothing for her. What can she do?

My sister has headaches everyday. Elavil (amitriptyline) does nothing for her. What can she do?

Many options: There are many good options for treating chronic headaches. Not knowing specifics about the headaches, what has been tried in the past, and other medical problems, it is impossible to make a specific recommendation. Best to see your doctor for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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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


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I get headaches everyday, have for around 2 years. Currently on amitriptyline, don't seem to be working but hospital can't find anything wrong, help!

I get headaches everyday, have for around 2 years. Currently on amitriptyline, don't seem to be working but hospital can't find anything wrong, help!

Chronic migraine: Almost certainly you have migraines, the most common cause of chronic headaches with a normal exam. Amitriptyline is one preventative, perhaps another agent would work better. If you are taking an otc pain med or something like fiorcet, you may have rebound/medication overuse headaches. You need a good acute agent (ie a triptan ie imitrex). You also should get regular sleep and exercise. ...Read more

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On Elavil (amitriptyline) (10mg) for chronic tension headaches. After 2 weeks the pain is worse. It's focal, top-left, sharp & standing makes it worse. Any advice?

On Elavil (amitriptyline) (10mg) for chronic tension headaches. After 2 weeks the pain is worse. It's focal, top-left, sharp & standing makes it worse. Any advice?

Follow up with MD: Studies show that Elavil (amitriptyline) for chronic pain may take several weeks to begin noticing improvement. The dosage may be modified for symptomatic relief. As such, I recommend that you follow-up with your treating physician to reassess your overall condition and possibly change the dosage. ...Read more

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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

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I have been experiencing severe headaches and was given elavil to see if it wold help me. I have recently started having stabbing pain behind my left eye and it is getting increasingly worse. I also have a stabbing sensation in my cheek bone?

I have been experiencing severe headaches and was given elavil to see if it wold help me. I have recently started having stabbing pain behind my left eye and it is getting increasingly worse. I also have a stabbing sensation in my cheek bone?

More symptoms?: The medicine elavil (amitriptyline) is helpful for preventing several types of headaches. You should not expect the medicine would cause stabbing pain behind your eye or in your cheek. Are these on the same side? It would help to know if you had any evaluation or tests for your headache, there are some causes that elavil (amitriptyline) cannot treat. ...Read more

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Severe daily headache+migraine. On Elavil, topamax, (topiramate) acebutolol. Good BP. Clean CT. Good blood panel (+thyroid) No triggers. No rebound Any options?

Severe daily headache+migraine. On Elavil, topamax, (topiramate) acebutolol. Good BP. Clean CT. Good blood panel (+thyroid) No triggers. No rebound Any options?

Soft tissue injury: 26 y male with headaches resistant to dx and Rx. Muscle tension HA's can cause. Check for asymmetry of mass and tone of superior traps. Head usually slightly tilts to side of the weakest and less toned superior trapezius. Concern for remote shoulder injury on weak muscle side wherein chronic pain resided. ...Read more

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How long should amitriptyline take to work for constant headaches? 10mg one a day

How long should amitriptyline take to work for constant headaches? 10mg one a day

Depends: It isn't clear the types of headaches you are experiencing - tension, migraine, cluster etc. The use of amitriptyline may be good for some but not other types of headaches. Suggest you repost with the type of headaches your health care provider has diagnosed in order for an opinion on this forum. ...Read more

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Only taken 1 10mg amitriptyline yesterday but didn't help with the headache is it worth continuing with it or stop as it was making me more drowsy but not easing the pain?

Only taken 1 10mg amitriptyline yesterday but didn't help with the headache is it worth continuing with it or stop as it was making me more drowsy but not easing the pain?

Headache: Depends on the type of headaches you were diagnosed and how long you have been taking it. That medicine helps prevent headaches. It doesn't help get rid of acute headaches. Schedule with your doctor or a virtual consult and we may be able to help you more efficiently. Feel Good! ...Read more

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Is it okay/safe for me to use "amitriptyline" for chronic headaches or a migraines?

Is it okay/safe for me to use "amitriptyline" for chronic headaches or a migraines?

Yes: If this medication was prescribed to you by your doctor for chronic headaches it is safe for you to take. Amitriptyline is not a pain medication however and would more likely work for suppression of headaches than acute treatment of a single headache. ...Read more

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Which is safer for anxiety and headaches 20 milligrams of amitriptyline everyday or 50 milligrams of 5-htp everyday?

Which is safer for anxiety and headaches 20 milligrams of amitriptyline everyday or 50 milligrams of 5-htp everyday?

5 HTP is generally: Used for depression. Please do what your doc says and don't change meds w/out asking him/her first. Having said that, there are many behavioral and natural approaches to anxiety. Consider seeing a clinical psychologist who can teach you some techniques. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What to do if I have read that endep (amitriptyline) can cause dizziness when headache. Could it be the endep (amitriptyline)?

What to do if I have read that endep (amitriptyline) can cause dizziness when headache. Could it be the endep (amitriptyline)?

As side effects: Endep (amitriptyline) is a brand name for amitryptiline, which makes your brain make more use of Norepinephrine and Serotonine. The desired effect is antidepressant and to combat pain. Dizziness and headaches might be side effects. ...Read more

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How effective is elevil for headaches?

Elavil (amitriptyline): At low dose, and for some patients with migraines who can tolerate it, it is quite effective. ...Read more

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Got concusion 10\18 from fall, still experiencing headaches -doc put me on amitriptyline - how much longer will they last?

Got concusion 10\18 from fall, still experiencing headaches -doc put me on amitriptyline - how much longer will they last?

HA after concussion: The symptoms associated with postconcussion syndrome (e.g., headaches) are greatest within the first 7 to 10 days for most patients. At one month, symptoms are improved and often resolved. The vast majority of patients have largely recovered by three months. A minority (10 to 15%) have symptoms lasting one year or longer. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know how much longer they will last. ...Read more

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Does amitriptyline take away tension headaches? I have headaches and I'm on amitriptyline 10mg I thought it was supposed to take away headaches? Tumor?

Does amitriptyline take away tension headaches? I have headaches and I'm on amitriptyline 10mg I thought it was supposed to take away headaches? Tumor?

Amitriptyline: And particularly the tricyclic antidepressants, are frequently prescribed for chronic tension type headache management. Amitriptyline 10mg is a minimal dose and needs to be titrated to effect. Other medications such as fluoxetine, beta-blockers, gabapentin, topiramate, divalproex sodium, just to name a few. See your orofacial pain or headache specialist for medication adjustment. ...Read more

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On amitriptyline 10mg daily for sleep/headaches. Ran out. Took 1500mg 1dose tryptophan 24hrs after to sleep. Risk of SS? Scared now n trying to sleep!

On amitriptyline 10mg daily for sleep/headaches. Ran out. Took 1500mg 1dose tryptophan 24hrs after to sleep. Risk of SS? Scared now n trying to sleep!

Not much risk: There is not much risk or serotonin syndrome after stopping your dose of amitriptyline for one day. The dose you were taking is small. Tryptophan should not cause you any harm. Sleep well. ...Read more

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I was prescribed 10mg amitriptyline at bedtime for migraines. Is it ok to take Advil (ibuprofen) if I have a headache?

I was prescribed 10mg amitriptyline at bedtime for migraines. Is it ok to take Advil (ibuprofen) if I have a headache?

No issue: But your dose of amitriptyline is really too low to prevent headaches, and you will need to slowly increase, to tolerate the forthcoming side effects, but the benefits will be best noted at 150 mg daily, or higher. ...Read more

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