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Elavil (Amitriptyline)<br><br>
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Its an anti-depressant. I took it for the first time last night and OMG this medication had me knocked out all day! dh stayed home to help with the kids.<br><br>
Oddly, it wasn't prescribed by a psychiatrist. Its a prescription written by a urologist.<br><br>
I have IC. I'm in a constant state of pain. The pain is in my urethra. It feels like I have a UTI all the time.<br><br>
The doctor said this is caused from a traumatic experience. I've had plenty of those. This started at a time when it was the worse.<br><br>
I don't like how this medication is affecting me. I feel like I'm in between worlds. Like my body is yearning to go home.<br><br>
Did this affect any of you who have taken this drug in the same way?<br><br>
It certainty not helping me with my urology pain.
 

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Hmm... I've never taken that med so I don't have any advice from that perspective. But if you don't like how you are responding to it, and it's not helping you with the condition it was prescribed for, then I'd talk to your doctor again.
 

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I would definitely talk with your doc. Maybe there is a period of time to adjust. I would like to know a time line for when it may start to be effective against the pain etc...<br><br>
Keep us updated and good luck!
 

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I'm not familiar with this one, but yes, there are some anti-depressants that can have a sedative effect. Talk to the MD, talk to the pharmacist, etc.
 

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The only side effect I've been told the medication has is nightmares.<br><br>
Last night's dream was about the sun consuming the moon and I was on Earth watching it happen.<br><br>
Not so much a "nightmare" but very weird.<br><br>
My mind feels very numb.<br><br>
I will definitely address this to the doctor whom I see June 3rd.<br><br><br>
The procedure he did cost $800! I owe two. My health insurance says I have to pay a deductible before they'll even see a claim. The $200 is going under the radar. Its either I pay the $800 or the $200.<br><br>
and if that isn't enough to send your blood pressure through the roof! Especially when you have 5 kids to care for!<br><br>
This, money and insurance coverage, was the brick wall that I'd hit each time I considered getting help.
 

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I was kinda hoping someone had some experiences with this particular medication. Did it take time to adjust? if so how long?
 

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I have not, but the one I did take that caused drowsiness I had to discontinue after 4 days because I simply could not function. I had to return to school and actually drive places in the car and the med was not compatible with that for me.
 

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I took it several years ago for migraines. It worked but did leave me feeling loopy the next day. After i started cutting the pills in half the side effects deminished and it really helped the headaches. Hope you are feeling better soon.
 

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it takes 6-8 for this med to work. we had a cat with this condition and he took the same med. it helped him a lot.<br><br>
if you stick with it, the side effects should fade and it should help you with the pain, but it takes a while.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Mama, you might check the mental health forum for others who have experience with this med. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Usually it takes a little time to adjust (from a few days to a couple of weeks).
 
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