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BlueMoon878
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   Posted 3/7/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All.

Today was an interesting day. I'm in the hospital again. The funny part is, I'm also 2,800 miles away from "home". For those of you not following my story, I had talked for a long time about moving across the country, and I finally did it! I'm in the hospital, but it's turned out to be sort of OK. Doctors here have told me they're starting me on Clonapin (which I've used before), and nortriptyline. I don't know anything about nortriptyline. Thoughts? Advice? Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated!!!

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 3/8/2011 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
GLAD THAT YOUR SAFE. MAY KNOW THE DRUG UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME.
WITH COMPASSION, JAMIE
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 3/8/2011 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi BlueMoon,

I'm normally over in the migraine section, but I thought I would comment since it's one of the drugs I have taken in the past (for migraine). I've taken related drugs for other other health issues.

It's a tricyclic antidepressant; an older class of meds that they used to prescribe quite a bit for depression and anxiety before they came out with the SSRI's. What would you like to know about it? I can give you the low-down.

Jamiee it's also known as pamelor (brand name) and a few other names. It's more famous cousin is amitriptyline.

Wow! A cross country move. That's a big step. Congratulations!

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 3/8/2011 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
thx 4 that. hoping your well ef. with compassion jamie. was a bad migraine sufferer in my young days. used the famous fix it up drug that mad you 10 times worse for 20 mins, ergadryl. no longer on the marrket here in australia.
migraines totally suck. fully understand. jamie.
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

getting by
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   Posted 3/8/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it related to amatryptaline? Also known as elavil? I am not really familiar with it, but have heard about it.

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EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 3/8/2011 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

Thanks Jamiee. Yeah... migraines are definitely not fun in the least. That's really fantastic that you found something that's working for you now.

Yep, getting by. It's verrry closely related to elavil.

I've been on both (much much higher doses of the elavil), so if your interested for whatever reason I can tell you about either one. The amitriptyline (lets call it AMA) is a prodrug of nortriptyline (lets call it NRT). The body breaks down AMA into NRT, and the NRT is what does the job.

In general NRT is much more gentle on the body, so it is fantastic that they are going to that med first (before AMA). It can make you a little tired in the beginning, but your body gradually gets used to it and you get back to your normal (minus some of the depression.... that's why your taking the med :) self. You may find it actually helps to provide you with a really full nights sleep. The trick with the med is to take it early, especially in the beginning when your body is getting used to it, so you don't wake up too foggy. So for example, if you normally go to bed at 10 or 11pm, take the med at 7 or 8 pm.

I also found that the medication can make me kind of grumpy after a few days , if I don't eat my eggs (no...I'm actually serious!). One of the things the med does is antagonize the acetylcholine receptors (this is why it may give you dry mouth also... drink plenty of water). Eggs are high in choline, a precursor to acetylcholine. For me, 1-2 eggs once every 2-3 days does the job.

Like I said, it's not a drug they use to often anymore because they like to use the SSRI's or SNRI's. But it can work pretty darn well. I hope it works for you and best of luck! Congrats with the move again!

getting by
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   Posted 3/8/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
EvilFlorescents,

Thank you so much for all the helpful advice on the medications. I am sure it will be very helpful for all concerned.

I hope that you are having a good day.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 3/9/2011 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
You're very welcome. If you have any other questions BlueMoon, just come and chase me down (leave a post) in the migraine forum.

Best of luck!
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