Posted by Bob P (188.8.131.52) on February 18, 2000 at 17:45:14:
In Reply to: What about this stuff Bob? posted by Dave on February 18, 2000 at 17:27:16:
It's easier to spell than amitrip... but the same stuff. Is a tricyclic anti-depressant. It prevents the reuptake fo serotonin (neurons fire 5-HT into the gaps (synapse) between two nerves to help communicat signals between the nerves, after the communication is done the 5-HT is dispersed into the body or some of it is taken back by the nerve that sent it out (reuptake). Elavil stops the reuptake causing more 5-HT to remain in the synapse. If more is there, then the body thinks it has enough and stops making it.
Elavil is used for depression and neurologic pain. It will make you sleep like a baby. I tried it once, 50 mg at bed time. I was so groggy the following morning I could hardly function. The doc said to cut back to 25mg. Still didn't like the morning after feeling so I quit. I do know a chronic CHer that had tried everything. The doc put him on Elavil and no more HAs. Been free for 6-7 years now. He swears by it. It takes 5-7 days to reach effective levels so you have to stick with it and I've been told the groggy feeling lessens with time.
Hope this helps.
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