anti-depressant question

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   Posted 11/1/2005 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
i have been given amitripyline (25mg) and the first two days on it i slept about 14 hours each night and was groggy most of the days.  I then took only half of it and slept about 10 hours and still felt pretty dizzy for about 6 hours after that.  with this drug does your body 'get used to it'?  or is this the way my body reacts to it?  i don't know if i should ask for something else, it only bothers me because i need my reflexes and commuting on a train with vertigo going on, well makes me nauseous...  but if it will subside then i am fine with it...
i don't understand percriptions, i think you should know how long you have to take them... he gave me 3 refills on it...
i am meeting with my pcp tomorrow, (my gi perscribed it to me) but i wanted to know if anyone here had any input.
i have not tried the zelnorm, i am scared of it and think it is stupid that i was perscribed it (i poo a lot).  and i don't want to go back to my old gi, is it possible to have ibs and not see a specialist for it?
what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

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   Posted 11/1/2005 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't take amitriptyline however I take Zoloft and I know the side effects that come with them.  Is this the lowest dose available?  I would ask your doctor.  Its more common for doctors to start you off at the lowest dose available and work you up if necessary.  You may just be sensitive to this specific medication.  I have gone through many antidepressants until I found the right one.  If you aren't feeling right, I would suggest you call your doctor right away.  We don't all respond the same way to medications.  You might want to ask about this medication in the anxiety disorder forum to see if anyone takes it and their experiences with it.  Sorry I don't have anymore info on this medication.  Here is a link though to some info on it:
Yes, you can see a regular doctor about IBS.  They can prescribe the same medications that a GI specialist can.  I only really recommend seeing a GI to get a diagnosis because they are more likely to order the proper tests but once you get a DX, you should be fine with a GP.  Also a specialist gets a little pricey.
I would get a second opinion on that Zelnorm confused
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   Posted 11/1/2005 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Holy Crap!!  That's alot to start on.....I was on 10mg and did just fine for a year.  Then it stopped working and my doctor put me on Remeron.  I used to be IBS-D and the Remeron combined with the Levsin has now made me IBS-C!  Severely constipated!!  It hurts sooo bad!!!  Try just taking 10mg.....I don't know why you're starting on such a high dosage.....

Hope this helps!

Michelle :-)

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   Posted 11/1/2005 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
that is what my mom and friend said (my roommate in college is now a PA) they both said 10mg was a usual starting point, i have cut it in half for two nights now...
i am asking my PCP tomorrow morning... and yup, still holding out on the zelnorm!

yeah, specialist and their meds are pricey!!

and i am having a hard time accepting IBS as my diagnosis (yep still stubborn!!) but my friend ang, put it nicely, she said if i had a doctor who understood me, listened, and did all the tests before diagnosing ibs i probably wouldn't be so reluctant... she is so smart!

what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

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