I'm going into surgery soon for trigeminal neuralgia and told not to take nsaids.
5 Sep 2011
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic anti-depressant. Not sure why you are on it, but it is used for several functions and most recently has been discovered that it helps with fibromyalgia. It is not an nsaid which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. This would be things such as: Aleve, ibuprophen, celebrex, toradol, etc.
These contain a type of blood thinning proponent and therefore it is important to stop prior to surgery.
Hope this helps,
6 Sep 2011
Amitriptyline, also known by the brand name Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is primarily used to treat depression, but it also has secondary usages such as the treatment of eating disorders, post-herpetic neuralgia-helps reduce inflammation and pain in association with shingles and it is also used for migraine headaches. I was on these once and they made me very tired, a possible side effect. Sweating, constipation, unsteadiness, confusion and dry mouth are other possible side effects. This is not an NSAID, so don't worry about that. Hope this info. helps. God Bless!
6 Sep 2011
It is not an NSAID so no worries on that score but do be sure to let the anesthesiologist know that you have bee taking amitriptyline though. It is very important that they know of ALL the medications, OTC drugs including vitamins and supplements and herbal products that you take or have taken recently. Good luck with your upcoming surgery-hope that all goes well!
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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