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Dubbemiah:

Can you keep in phone conversation with your doctor. It is hard to tell if what you are describing are paranoia symptoms or anxiety. They both are, of course, bothersome, but the medicine adjustment may depend on which it is.

It is very possible that you are experiencing increased anxiety because of your body adjusting chemically to the meds, but that is for a doctor to determine.

These transition points with meds can require patience and a bit more doctor attention than docs typically give (they often say, come back in 4-6 weeks and during the 4-6 weeks is when the real struggle is.

Tim

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Thanks Tim. I've honestly lost all faith in my doctor except for prescribing meds. He seems clueless, and the nurse I am required to talk to is just as clueless. On top of it, she is really mean. I just went for a walk since this post, and I got the anti-anxiety affect for a bit, and a little more derealization/paranoia lifted. I can actually feel the med working as I get a cold feeling in my chest. It's actually a nice feeling, because my chest usually feels hot and agitated. The ear popping has subsided a little honestly, and my focus has gotten somewhat better since the walk.

I would call the doc, but honestly the nurse induces more stress than I need, and I really don't think they know what they're doing, other than prescribing meds. This morning was awful, and I definitely feel a little more at peace since a few hours of passed. My mornings have always been worse when I am struggling, and the persistant nightmares certainly don't help.

Thanks a lot Tim. I really appreciate you always willing to talk with me, but I think I'm going to give it some more time at this dose to see if things clear up more.

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Ok so here my story

after suffering with depression for a few months i go to my gp and get put on prozac, after hacking 5 days on due to the constant nausiating feeling i switch to lexapro, after 5 days on that with even worse side effects such as panic attacks i get switched to amitriptyline, i start at 25mg and found it really helped after a few days, every week i go up 25mg, after reaching the 75mg mark, im finding that the medication seems to be more and more less effective despite the fact that im constantly upping the dose, im on the tablets nearly 4 weeks now yet i found they worked best at a lower dose, has anyone found the same thing?

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Ok so here my story

after suffering with depression for a few months i go to my gp and get put on prozac, after hacking 5 days on due to the constant nausiating feeling i switch to lexapro, after 5 days on that with even worse side effects such as panic attacks i get switched to amitriptyline, i start at 25mg and found it really helped after a few days, every week i go up 25mg, after reaching the 75mg mark, im finding that the medication seems to be more and more less effective despite the fact that im constantly upping the dose, im on the tablets nearly 4 weeks now yet i found they worked best at a lower dose, has anyone found the same thing?

Although I've never taken this medication, if you found it more effective at the lower dose, then maybe you should ask your Dr. about going back to a lower dosage. It is good that you have stayed on it long enough to get a good feel for it's affects on you, because 4-5 days on the others was probably not long enough to know if they would be effective. I do understand that it's almost impossible to live with nausea and some of the other side effects though.

I know this wasn't much help, but it could also have been that because it was the first medication that you felt "normal" on in the early stages, you are relating the lower dosage to feeling better, when in fact you might still need a higher dosage. All this can only be determined by your Dr. of course.

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

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Ok so here my story

after suffering with depression for a few months i go to my gp and get put on prozac, after hacking 5 days on due to the constant nausiating feeling i switch to lexapro, after 5 days on that with even worse side effects such as panic attacks i get switched to amitriptyline, i start at 25mg and found it really helped after a few days, every week i go up 25mg, after reaching the 75mg mark, im finding that the medication seems to be more and more less effective despite the fact that im constantly upping the dose, im on the tablets nearly 4 weeks now yet i found they worked best at a lower dose, has anyone found the same thing?

Although I've never taken this medication, if you found it more effective at the lower dose, then maybe you should ask your Dr. about going back to a lower dosage. It is good that you have stayed on it long enough to get a good feel for it's affects on you, because 4-5 days on the others was probably not long enough to know if they would be effective. I do understand that it's almost impossible to live with nausea and some of the other side effects though.

I know this wasn't much help, but it could also have been that because it was the first medication that you felt "normal" on in the early stages, you are relating the lower dosage to feeling better, when in fact you might still need a higher dosage. All this can only be determined by your Dr. of course.

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

Ah any advise is appreciated, its kinda the thing tho, which way to go, do i go back to the lower dose or go in the total opposite direction and go to the maximum 170 mg, of course your right, the doc is the only one who can answer that but im just curious if anyone else has had the same experience :)

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I have recently been switched from Lexapro to Amitriptyline. My dr. prescribed me 10 mgs. each night but gave me the ok to start off at 5mgs(yes, thats 5 not 50). My husband and I would like to have a couple of drinks once in a while in the evening but I have read that alcohol consumption is not recommended at all with this med. Has anyone else had a drink or two while on this med? I will be asking my dr. at the next visit.

Thanks

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Amitriptyline practically knocks me out, and I couldn't imagine drinking alcohol on it. Of course, I've never been on such a low dose. I'm no doctor, but I didn't even know that 10 mg is a therapeutic dose. My doctor started me on 25 mg and took me up to 50 mg within a week.

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I found alcohol increased the sedating effect of Amitryptaline. I take 200mg at night. I started at 50mg and worked up to 200mg. My non-professional advice is to not mix alcohol with any type of pmed. Alcohol can alter the effects of pmeds.

What are you taking it for?

Sheepwoman

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I am taking it for anxiety and depression but my dr. agreed to let me start so low because I work three nights a week and I was very worried about the fact that it is a sedating med. I am now at 10 mg., and I do not have any trouble staying awake for my job and have also found that during the day, I am starting to have a little more motivation to do things that need doing. I do realize that the dose is miniscule as my dr. told me that she has other patients on doses of 150 or more. I have run the course with SSRI's and although they did help a little, the side effects greatly outweighed the benefits. So far, I do not have any SE's with the low dose of the Tricyclic and as long as I am feeling a little better, I do not plan to increase the dose (or unless I can end up with day hours instead of nights).

As far as the alcohol, I have a med check on Friday so I'll ask then.

Thanks for the replies =)

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Hi. I suffer from emotional deprivation (dysthymia) which I have since early childhood, at least that's what my doctor calls it. It is some sort of depression that prevents you feeling anything, but different from major depression attacks. Anyway this is not why I'm here.

My doctor prescribed me Elavil a few months ago and I have been using it since then. This drug makes me very sedated, sleepy. I enjoy relaxing, and since I take it only at evenings I feel sleepy only at night, so I go to sleep peacefully. I have no complaints.

But around ten days ago I decided to take a walk outside at night, listening to music. I was feeling very sleepy, and if I hadn't walk and stop and sit somewhere I could sleep. I guess I was in a kind of mood what mystics call 'threshold' it was like a dream. It made whole reality look very strange, it was like I was in somewhere I have never seen before, people walking outside gave me a feeling as if they were all weird spirits, trees gave me very obscure and mystical feelings of eternity or mortality, happy couples and families walking outside made me feel extremely lonely and sad, kind of reminded me death.

This experience fascinated me. Since this incident I walk outside every night with earphones on, feeling weird and sedated. I probably look like a fool looking at trees, sea, rocks etc with an expression of astonishment on my face but I love it. I haven't told my doctor about this yet I'm gonna do when I see her. Does anyone else use this drug and have similar experiences?

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Welcome to DF, contemplation,

The term for lack of emotion or joy in anything is adhedonia.

I also take Elavil for depression and sleep problems. Basically, I only take it at night and I'm asleep within an hour. If you are taking it then going for a walk, your experiencing the fight between sleep and exercise. Your brain and body are struggling against each other which is probably creating the surreal thoughts and images. Elavil is sedating and you should "go with the flow" of it's properties. By excercising after taking it, you're creating an antagonistic situation.

Sheepwoman

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Hi all,

I started taking elavil 2 days ago. Its an older trycilic antidepressant and my doctor thinks its good for treatment resistant depression and insomnia, which i have.

Id like to know if anyone tried it or on it now. Im very worried about weight gain, does it cause weight gain? What should i expect?

It made me sleep good the last two nights but im tired during the day, and i feel very constipated :S

I take 75mg at night, and might up the dose and spread it to day and night.

Please help...

Thanks,

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You described the side effects of Elavil pretty well. What I'm going to write is purely my opinion, and it may be completely different for you.

Elavil was the first AD I was put on as a teenager. I hate it. It never worked for me, and I spent so much of my teenage years sedated and out of it. Recently it was prescribed for me to augment another AD that I was taking, and again I was sedated so much that I couldn't function. Seriously, I don't know how people function on this med. But there are people out there who love it. It can cause weight gain.

I was given it by a GP this last time. Big mistake. I should have been seeing a psychiatrist. (I moved and had not yet found a psychiatrist.)

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mixed answers, im more confused now...

Ok i think its a good meds so far!, but i have a feeling im gonna quit it because of the constipation and weight gain. I take laxatives and even those dont really help, so my body is storing all the food. Plus i read that it can decrease metabolism...i dont need that also.

So ill give it a few more days and if those side effects dont go away i might just stop it.

I think effexor is also causing me weight gain. The problem is i am not eating much anyway, so the weight gain is definitely not from eating more, i actually eat less than usual cause my appetite is not that big, so why and how does the weight gain come? constipation maybe? i have no idea..

Do you?

Help please:(

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All pmeds come with a side-effect of weight gain or loss. Constipation can be a side-effect with many of them.

I've been on Elavil for years. It's been excellent for helping with insomnia and depression. Per my pdoc, it's only to be taken at night and not during the day because it is sedating. I have not gained any weight on it. (actually, I am having a difficult time maintaining my weight.)

I do get a lot of aerobic exercise, eat a healthy diet (includes fruits, vegetables and fiber) and drink lots of water. This is a good way to counteract the constipation problem whether or not you're taking meds. So, if you sit a lot, eat starches and red meat, and don't drink water, you're encouraging constipation.

I take laxatives and even those dont really help

Try Metamucil and stool softeners. Laxatives used frequently are hard on the digestive system. Also, you need to stay hydrated.

Have your thyroid checked if you think your metabolism is playing a part in your weight gain.

Talk to your pdoc.

Sheepwoman

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How long have you been on the med? I've taken Elavil for almost four years now (125mg avg) and only within the first three months did I feel tired, in fact I adjusted very quickly. It tends to help my mood but doesn't make me feel tired at all, I take 50mg in morning, dinner and evening and it does wonders for depression and anxiety.

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hi i was on 25mg amitrptyline for a while, but i asked the doctor to bring down my does as i was getting side effects, like dry skin, skin crawling, sore eyes headaches, light sensitive, muscle pain and sore joints now im down to 10mg to wean myself off it, so i took it every day for a fortnight, and now im down to one every 2 days or so, but the symptoms are getting worse, should i just finish off what ive got left, then cold turkey or go back and get more, as the side effects are still the same

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hi i was on 25mg amitrptyline for a while, but i asked the doctor to bring down my does as i was getting side effects, like dry skin, skin crawling, sore eyes headaches, light sensitive, muscle pain and sore joints now im down to 10mg to wean myself off it, so i took it every day for a fortnight, and now im down to one every 2 days or so, but the symptoms are getting worse, should i just finish off what ive got left, then cold turkey or go back and get more, as the side effects are still the same

Just quit if you don't want to take this medicine,

since 10 mg of amitriptyline is a very small dose.

Peter Heuer

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10mg is probably the minimum dose. I'd suggest you call your doc and let him/her know you want to stop taking it now. Personally, I went off 75mg years ago cold turkey with no problem/withdrawals. I'm back on it at 100-200mg/day.

If your symptoms are getting worse (and they should be getting better), consider seeing your GP as it sounds more physically related rather than medication related.

Sheepwoman

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Hi

I have been on Pristiq for 2+ years and was also taking 150mg Amitriptyline at night for insomnia. I recently seen a sleep specialist as my insomnia was getting worse and he has taken me off the Amitriptyline and prescribed me Valdoxan 25mg to start and increased to 50mg taken 1 hour before bed. It is very expensive in Australia $130 for 2 boxes of 28 x 25mg for 1 month supply, it has not yet been approved for subsidisation by the Government. To my suprise it did work extremely well for my insomnia, it took about a week to kick in and i would fall asleep within 15 minutes and stay asleep for 8 hours or more and wake up refreshed and motivated with lots of energy and actually look forward to going to work. After 3 months of taking it i started to relapse into severe depression and anxiety, panic attacks and the insomnia slowly returning, so i went to see my Doctor and he brought me off the Valdoxan and increased the Pristiq from 100mg to 200mg in the morning and put me on Lorazepam 2.5mg taken at night, the Lorazepam knocks me out to sleep but i am having very intense realistic dreams, they are extremely vivid and at times make me scared, and if i wake in the night i feel like a cant move in my bed, like im in some sort of trance. During the day my body temperature would rise when i would stress and my heart rate would increase. My Doctor said the anxiety would ease and the side effects will pass but i am a bit scared that 200mg of Pristiq is a bit to much ? I am also concerned that i will become addicted to Lorazepam ?

I tried talking to my family with a smile on my face but i dont know why its there, i know im putting it on just to satisfy all these people and i know that they dont even care. People are always telling me to smile, like smiling is going to just take away all the hurt and pain. Well i have tried that and i have tried hiding my sorrows and covering the sadness in smiles and what I've learned is that when it hurts this much inside, your heart always has a way of showing it no matter how many masks you wear. Some people will want to help and will want to try and understand, unless they have been there themselves or are a medical professional then nobody can know what living like this is really like, in my opinion.

I really just dont feel very well at the moment with this medication combo, does anybody also take similar to this ? Any comments appreciated.

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Before I ever took an ssri or other anti depressant i was prescribed elavil (name seems like evil) for insomnia. It really did nothing for me at the dose I took other than give me a dry mouth. I eventually got a real sleeping pill that worked.

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