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Dr. Robert Kent
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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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Is 25mg amitriptyline (elavil) safe to take?

Is 25mg amitriptyline (elavil) safe to take?

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 more

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What are the effects of elavil (amitriptyline)?

What are the effects of elavil (amitriptyline)?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is an antidepressant with sedating and drying effects, causing heart rate changes, dry mouth/eyes, constipation, depending on dose. It relieves depression, pain of neurogenic origin, headache and insomnia. ...Read more

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Why does elavil or amitriptyline make you gain weight?

Why does elavil or amitriptyline make you gain weight?

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 more

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Gained 20 pounds on elavil (amitriptyline). What to do?

Gained 20 pounds on elavil (amitriptyline). What to do?

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 more

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25mg amitriptyline (elavil) typically prescribed for what?

25mg amitriptyline (elavil) typically prescribed for what?

Amitriptyline: This common drug is used for sleep problems and is probably the number one drug for patients with chronic pain. The deep sleep that Amitriptyline provides is restorative to muscles and joints and is great for those who suffer from pain. ...Read more

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How much extra elavil (amitriptyline) does it take before you have to think about overdose?

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 more

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Side effect from elavil (amitriptyline)?

Side effect from elavil (amitriptyline)?

Many: In that it affects multiple neurotransmitters, it can cause many side effects. Receptors and side effect: histamine - sedation, weight gain; cholinergic - dryness, urinary retention, memory decline, ed; adrenergic - low blood pressure, tremor, rapid heart rate; serotonin - tiredness, weight gain, ed. ...Read more

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Can i take nulev and elavil (amitriptyline)?

Can i take nulev and elavil (amitriptyline)?

Proceed With Caution: Using Elavil (generic amitriptyline) with nulev (generic hyoscyamine) may increase side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, heat intolerance, flushing, decreased sweating, difficulty urinating, abdominal cramping, constipation, rapid heart beats, confusion, and memory problems. The elderly are especially vulnerable to these side effects. Work closely with md. ...Read more