Is amitriptyline as good as lortab for chronic pain?

Different . Elavil (amitriptyline) helps with the neural chemical involved in blocking pain. Lortab simply blocks the brain and central nervous system from feeling pain. They can be used together.
There is no answer. Both drugs are indeed used to treat pain. There is "as good as" or "better than" when comparing these 2 agents. They are so pharmacologically different that you cannot compare the 2. Amitriptyline is sometimes used as an adjunct to "lortab" in the treatment of pain to approach the pain in a different manner.

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Is Amitriptyline with venlafaxine a good combo for chronic pain?

Good combo. Venlafaxine is the only antidepressant besides the TCAs (amitriptyline ) that may be effective in some continuous neuropathic pain disorders especially when mild depression accompanies the disorder. Talk to your doctor before starting any new medication. Read more...

Is amitriptyline good for chronic pain? Could I stop painkillers if successful?

Of course. When used in the management of a patient with chronic musculoskeletal pain, amitriptyline may decrease pain, improve depression, improve sleep and provide some muscle relaxation. Amitriptyline should not be abruptly discontinued to avoid withdrawal symptoms (e.g., malaise, insomnia, drowsiness, muscle aches). Read more...

Are any of the newer antidepressants as good as amitriptyline for treating chronic pain?

Yes. Depends on the cause of pain. Depression causes the perception of pain to be worse for the patient. The major classes of antidepressants are: tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, serotonin receptor modulators. Your doctor will have to sort out which medication is right for you. Read more...
No. There is no yes/no, "better than", "as good as", as your treatment should be individualized for you. However, all of the antidepressants whose action is to block the re-uptake of a chemical which transmits nerve impulses called norepinephrine are preferred over other antidepressants for use in pain control. Read more...

Is there a more powerful version of amitriptyline for curing chronic pain?

No. Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, similar to drugs such as Cymbalta (duloxetine) and savella (milnacipran) which are known as snris (serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). None cure pain; they increase nerve chemicals that decrease pain. You may respond better to one vs. Another but none are "more powerful" than any other. The snris are touted to have less side effects. Read more...
In a way. Amitriptylene is a first gen tca, tricyclic antidepressant. As mentioned these medications increase serotonin and norepinephrine to help the brain decrease pain input. However it has a lot of side effects with one of the worst being sedation. Desipramine is a newer tca that is equally good for pain but with less side effects. This allows your doctor to titrate to a higher, more effective dose. Read more...

Can I take low dose amitriptyline (20mg for chronic pain and sleep problems) with citalopran?

You may. It's a common combination prescribed. Although one needs to keep in mind that Amitriptyline does increase the level of citalopram in the blood. Increase in sedation is common. Talk to your psychiatrist too. Read more...
Celexa/Elavil. Combination is safe if advised by your prescribing doc. Read more...