my friend was given three a couple hours ago and i was trying to find out bout it
Amitriptyline belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It is not entirely clear how it works. It does affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. It is thought that maybe the medication allows these chemicals to stay in the brain longer, which can help with depression symptoms.
Studies have shown that amitriptyline is effective for the treatment of depression. It may also be used "off-label" to help relieve chronic pain and to prevent migraine headaches. It can also help with bedwetting, ADHD, fibromyalgia, and bulimia. The medicine is also effective at helping people quit smoking.
However, the doc/pharmacist would be able to guide you better, please do call him/her for more info, take care, be well.
Amitriptyline (Elavil) is known to help some chronic pain sufferers. It is not known how it works but it seems to help some chronic pain like migraine sufferers and fibromyalgia it also helps with insomnia sufferers as well. It seems to be a well tolerated drug so is used quite frequently now. I have had some success with it but it can wear off fast and need to be increased but it can go to very high doses fairly safely. Hope this helps you some marjorie zych
Hi i was prescribed Amitriptyline for back pain at night. I took tramadol during the day but they exasperated my insomnia so i switch to the amitriptyline at night and they has a slight sedative effect as relieving muscular pain, it relaxes you mentally and physically. It hasn't been used for this reason for that long but worked well for me! And i didn't get any addictive affects either!
Only in recent years has this and other anti depressants and epileptic drugs been used in the treatment of chronic pain. It can help in some patients and oddly enough I was reading an article about this today and a doctor stated that it usually helps in 1 of 4 patients as it is still so new in it's use for pain and it can take time to find the right medication/medications in combination to find what can work for one person as we are all in pain but also so different even with the same diseases.
I was given Elavil (same thing) several years ago. I am extremely sensitive to most medications esp pain meds. For me I felt as if I was so out of it, it affected my vision on the lowest dose, and I could not get used to taking it as I also suffer from depression which is under control now and has been for several years on the same medication that my psychiatrist felt would help me "sleep with chronic pain". It has done just that but doesn't help pain itself or if it does, I haven't noticed it with the combo of meds I'm on.
I know it doesn't cause weight gain and I always ask that as within less than 2yrs after an injury causing RSD, I was on crutches and very sedentary for 2 1/2yrs other than very strenuous physical therapy. I gained 55lbs and after stopping 2 anti depressants changed to the one I still remain on, the weight just started to fall off of me.
I thought it was all due to not being able to get around much but found out many medications can cause weight gain way beyond what any of us in pain need as it only causes more pain to carry that extra weight.
As your friend looks for the right treatment, always ask about side effects.
Whether it's a pain medication or anything else, there are always side effects that we need to educate ourselves about to weigh the pros and cons.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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