Author Topic: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question  (Read 5103 times)

[Buddie]

Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« on: August 08, 2009, 10:27:18 pm »
Hello all. Im doing pretty good. Have some bad days, but mostly feeling pretty good.

My wife has severe nerve pain in her face and we see a nuroligist in a few weeks. I have been researching meds they may try on her and Im wanting to know if anyone knows much about Amitriptyline (Elavil). Is Amitriptyline (Elavil in the same class of benzos?


Thanks so much.

Hope y'all are hanging in there,
Michael
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 10:33:21 pm »
Hello all. Im doing pretty good. Have some bad days, but mostly feeling pretty good.

My wife has severe nerve pain in her face and we see a nuroligist in a few weeks. I have been researching meds they may try on her and Im wanting to know if anyone knows much about Amitriptyline (Elavil). Is Amitriptyline (Elavil in the same class of benzos?


Thanks so much.

Hope y'all are hanging in there,
Michael

Hi Michael,

Great to see you as always!! Glad you're doing well!! Sorry about your wife's pain, was this something sudden? Do they know what caused it? I did a forum search and did come up with a thread talking about Elavil, here's a link... http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?topic=8162.0  You might want to do the forum search if you need more info. I can tell you it's not a benzo, it's a tricyclic antidepressant.

Keep us updated!


T2 :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 10:35:34 pm »
Hi Michael!

Long time no see. Glad to hear you are doing ok.

Elavil is a tricyclic antidepressant. It's the older school of AD's. It is not in the benzo class of drugs.
It does have quite a few unpleasant side effects and is usually reserved for tough depression cases that don't respond to the newer SSRI class of AD's.
Maybe others will be by with some input.

I'm going to go ahead and move this the "other prescribed meds"  board.

Take care!
« Last Edit: August 10, 2009, 08:47:41 pm by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2009, 06:59:55 am »
Hi
I have been taking 10mg of amitriptylene for insomnia from benzo w/d - it is a tricyclic a/d nota benzo as previously stated although at 10mg not an antidepressant dose.  It is used often for pain such as for prolapsed disc pain etc.  I had a cousin on it for a while for pain and then went off slowly at end of healing - about 3 months.  Talk to docs - it is usually given at a relatively low dose for pain - I think my cousin was on 25 mg.  But no fear of it being a benzo for sure, but like all drugs has side effects.
Good luck
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2009, 05:07:21 pm »
My mom used this for years on/off for depression with no ill effects. I know other's that use this medication for other conditions such as nerve pain and other's problems complicated my severe medical conditions. Try not to worry too much about what may happen in a few weeks.....that is alot of stress to out yourself through :D I do wish the best for you and your wife on this upcoming dr visist.
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2009, 04:57:42 pm »
Hi Michael,

Sorry to hear about your wife's nerve pain.  I had suggested on another thread that you PM me, and I'd give you some links to good info for trigeminal neuralgia, if that's what she has.  (I guess you didn't see my post.) 

I was diagnosed with it 6 years ago, and had the "atypical" variety, which mean constant face pain.  The classic kind is intermittent stabbing burning electrical etc. nerve pain.  Both can be very disabling. 

For several years, I was the human guinea pig for trying drugs that might help.  But this is how I discovered how sensitive I am to most drugs.  Elavil was one of those given.  It did, indeed, help the nerve pain!  However, it was very sedating for me, even at 10 mgs, and within 3 days, I developed a bad face rash.  Which was just as well, since I was too sedated to function. 

Elavil is commonly given for pain, especially migraines, fibromyalgia, what have you.  I also took it to sleep during my worst Klon w/d's.       

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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 02:42:24 am »
It was prescribed to me for a while for insomnia, to help activate the sedative-hypnotic I was taking.
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2009, 12:47:39 pm »
Bob.  I am trying to withdraw from Amitriptilene.  I was prescribed it for Fibromyalgia pain.  If I had to do it all over again I would NEVER go on this drug.  I would try another way of dealing with the pain. On only 50 mgs, the dry mouth, dry eyes, constipation are severe.  Many, or most,  people gain weight on it.  And if I forget the nightly dose, I can't fall asleep.  This wasn't so before I got on this drug.
Clair
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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2009, 03:53:11 pm »
Bob.  I am trying to withdraw from Amitriptilene.  I was prescribed it for Fibromyalgia pain.  If I had to do it all over again I would NEVER go on this drug.  I would try another way of dealing with the pain. On only 50 mgs, the dry mouth, dry eyes, constipation are severe.  Many, or most,  people gain weight on it.  And if I forget the nightly dose, I can't fall asleep.  This wasn't so before I got on this drug.
Clair

Hi Clair,

In my opinion and experience, fibromyalgia pain and symptoms are fairly easy to fix, by treating "adrenal fatigue" and some other possible imbalances (e.g., Vit. D3, Vit. B12, thyroid hormones).  With all natural supplements.  No drugs involved.  Just thought I'd throw that out there.  

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[Buddie]

Re: Amitriptyline (Elavil) question
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2009, 03:16:53 pm »
[...],  thanks so much for your good advice.  Months ago Tropical Soul suggested Vit B12 for burning feet.  It has almost totally cured that issue and remarkably helped me in many other ways, for one, my IBS.  I'll read up on the thyroid hormones.
Any supplement suggestions for the hypersensitivity to skin (touch)  due to w/d - rashes, itching, flushing, swelling?
 Clair
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