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Doctor insights on: What Is Considered A High Dosage For Elavil

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I have multiple sclerosis and am taking elavil 50 mg. I don't notice a difference in my numbness is this a high enough dose? I also take cymbslta 60

I have multiple sclerosis and am taking elavil 50 mg. I don't notice a difference in my numbness is this a high enough dose? I also take cymbslta 60

Yes/no: Individuals can be on hundreds of milligrams of amitriptyline per day; however, side effects are more likely. I have some patients that can tolerate more than 10mg per day while some take 200mg per day without any problems. ...Read more

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


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Insomniac/depressive just given 5mg saphris (asenapine) / night + 100mg elavil / day (taken for 1yr). Need to stop binge eating at nite. Would early dosage help?

Munchies: Both of these medications can give you the munchies. You didn't mention if you binge eat before or after you take these medications. Neither of these is fda approved as a sleep medication. Saphris (asenapine) is an atypical antipsychotic approved for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia - not insomnia. I would make sure I have a clear understanding from your doctor about your exact diagnoses and your rx. ...Read more

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I'm having high blood preassure with elavil (amitriptyline) 10mg...is this common? I'm 34 yrs b/p 151/101...

I'm having high blood preassure with elavil (amitriptyline) 10mg...is this common? I'm 34 yrs b/p 151/101...

Elavil (amitriptyline): Techically, elavil (amitriptyline) can have anticholinergic effects which can theoretically raise blood pressure. However, the dose is so small, that I doubt this is the cause of the elevated reading. Recheck the BP manually after 5 min resting in a seated position. Discuss with your doctor discontinuing the elavil (amitriptyline). ...Read more

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Dose elavil (amitriptyline) effect gastric emptying in any way and at what doses

Dose elavil (amitriptyline) effect gastric emptying in any way and at what doses

Yes: Elavil (amitriptyline) has strong anticholinergic properties, and can slow gastric emptying of solids. It can also slow your GI function farther down, leading to constipation. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/18803000. ...Read more

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I have high bp, tachycardia, daily take Effexor (venlafaxine) XR, soma, ultram, zonegran, methergine, metoprolol tar, elavil, neurontin. What OTC cold med can I take?

I have high bp, tachycardia, daily take Effexor (venlafaxine) XR, soma, ultram, zonegran, methergine, metoprolol tar, elavil, neurontin. What OTC cold med can I take?

None: I would not recommend any further medication, since the chance for adverse drug interactions is high. You are are already taking several medications that act on the serotonin system and may result in adverse interaction. ...Read more

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What's the range of elavil (amitriptyline) dose for sleep? How does it affect sleep?

What's the range of elavil (amitriptyline) dose for sleep? How does it affect sleep?

10-150 mg. For sleep: Suppress rem to varying degrees
slight increase in stage n3 sleep (used to be stages 3+4, increase total sleep time, decrease wake after sleep onset, decrease, # awakenings, decrease sleep onset latency (how long it takes to fall asleep). Great website below for this info:473 drug effects on sleep - california state university. ..
Psych. Fullerton. Edu/mwhite/473pdf/473%20drug%20effects... ...Read more

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Just prescribed elavil (amitriptyline) for IBS and cronic ruq nerve pain. It is to strong even at lowest dose. Can I cut it in half? Only been taking 3 days at bed.

Just prescribed elavil (amitriptyline) for IBS and cronic ruq nerve pain. It is to strong even at lowest dose. Can I cut it in half? Only been taking 3 days at bed.

Elavil (amitriptyline): Please call your doctor about your difficulties with elavil, since you haven't shared how much you're taking. The lowest dose made is 10mg, and I don't know any that are scored (making them easier to cut in half) anyway. You may end up with a crumbled pill. Your doctor will want to understand what you mean by "too strong, " so s/he can adjust or change. Another option might be low-dose sinequan (doxepin). ...Read more

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Would a dose of 10 mg elavil (amitriptyline) cause memory problems or brain fog?

Would a dose of 10 mg elavil (amitriptyline) cause memory problems or brain fog?

Possibly: Each person is unique with regard to clinical response and development of side effects to medications. If you have developed "brain fog" after starting elavil, (amitriptyline) it is important to talk with your doctor about this. Often early side effects resolve after about 7-14 days, but if it is not tolerable in the meantime, you may need a change of medication. ...Read more

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Does elavil (amitriptyline) help sensitive esophagus pain from gerd? My dr gave it to me said it helps digestive nerves? But doesn't it relax the les valve? Or is a low dose not enough to affect it and out weighs it

Does elavil (amitriptyline) help sensitive esophagus pain from gerd? My dr gave it to me said it helps digestive nerves? But doesn't it relax the les valve? Or is a low dose not enough to affect it and out weighs it

Don't overthink doc: You haven't told us the dose of Elavil (amitriptyline) prescribed, nor what symptoms are being treated with it. Like any drug, Elavil (amitriptyline) has desirable and undesirable effects--call your doctor about your concerns instead of trying to overthink him and then not taking your prescribed medication. ...Read more

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Dose vitamin d interact with elavil and erythromycin or omeprazole?

Dose vitamin d interact with elavil and erythromycin or omeprazole?

No: There is no interaction between vitamin d and any of these medications, but the combination of Erythromycin and Elavil could increase the risk of cardiac arrhythmias. Make sure all of your prescribing doctors know all of the medications you are taking. ...Read more

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What is elavil (amitriptyline)?

What is elavil (amitriptyline)?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is a Tricyclic Antidepressant, used for Major depression, Enuresis, ADHD, Headache prophylaxis, among others. ...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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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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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?

Migraine prophylaxis: Elavil (amitriptyline) is tricyclic antidepressant medication used for multiple reasons such as migraine prophylaxis and neuropathy. ...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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What is Elavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride)?

What is Elavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride)?

Elavil (amitriptyline): Is a Tricyclic Antidepressant, used for Major depression, Enuresis, ADHD, Headache prophylaxis, among others. ...Read more

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Is elavil (amitriptyline) good for stopping nightmares? I have ptsd and was prescribed it

Not usually: Elavil (amitriptyline) or Amitriptyline can help for insomnia, depression and some pain conditions. There has not been much data to suggest that it helps for nightmares. Prazosin may be a better choice for ptsd related nightmares. ...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

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Can 25mg Elavil be taken along with 10 mg Ambien (zolpidem)?

Can 25mg Elavil be taken along with 10 mg Ambien (zolpidem)?

If prescribed that: Way - yes. Potential drug interaction symptoms are dizziness, sedation, V judgment & concentration. But, it you are asleep - those issues are not likely to matter. ...Read more

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Can you take elavil (amitriptyline) and minocycline together??

Should be alright: Yes, you should be able to safely take these together. However, elavil (amitriptyline) is often used to help treat headaches, and minocycline tends to cause headaches. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) and 10mg Elavil safe for G A D?

Is 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) and 10mg Elavil safe for G A D?

Caution: While the 10 mg dose of Elavil is low, combining with Lexapro (escitalopram) increases the risk for serotonin syndrome and irregular heart rhythm. Also you are taking two antidepressants. If Lexapro (escitalopram) is not working, discuss with prescribing doctor to consider trying Elavil alone or another class of antidepressant. Be sure you have careful medical supervision while on these meds. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can I take legitrin with klonipin and elavil (amitriptyline) on occasion?

Legitrin w elavil (amitriptyline)?: Legitrin appears to be one of the many brand formulations of Tylenol (acetaminophen). Always talk with your prescribing doc about what meds are safe to take with your current med regimen. In general, Tylenol (acetaminophen) poses risks to the liver when taken in more than modest quantities. It also appears that you already take Ibuprofen & aleve. If you're having so much pain -- best to talk with ur doc abt that. Be well! :) ...Read more