I am a diabetic and use to take Elavil yrs. ago and it worked well for my depression. Now I have to watch what I take because the potential to raise or lower my glucose levels. I have tried just about every anti-depressant out there thru the yrs. and Elavil (amitryptline) has been the best for me. If there is a better drug that won't affect my diabetes PLEASE let me know! I am on insulin.
Upon reading the info available for the professional on elavil side effects it says:
Both elevation and lowering of blood sugar levels have been reported.
I recommend you speak with your doctor as far as an antidepressant that would be appropriate for someone that is diabetic. An endocrinologist (specialist in hormone control) would be best as far as advice on this subject. Are you under the care of a specialist in diabetes?
This may be a situation were the benefit of antidepressant use out weighs the risk, particularly if you monittor your glucose levels often.
Just my thoughts and discoveries,
Jane, I just read in "Arthritis Today" last night (the March - April subscription) that Cymbalta has been approved for fibromyalgia, & that it also helps diabectic problems too. Don't know if they were referring to neuropathy or what. Wasn't explained just said some complications of diabetes. This is a antidepressant. Good luck to you & best wishes.
Elivil will make you crave sweets and not good carbs in a huge way. Thus your blood sugar levels will go up. I too had this problem.
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