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Well, my doctor took me off of Prozac. Because I feel like a zombie still so it isn't doing anything. He has now put me on a high dose of elavil. He thinks it might be a sleeping problem. If this doesn't work, then I'm off to a sleep clinic. Has anyone ever taken elavil? How many of you have gained weight while on it?<br><br><br><br>
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Hi criticizedveggi - sorry to hear of your troubles!!! I have been on just about every SSRI and tricyclic there is, mainly because I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and some CFS patients benefit from those drugs (I sadly did not, in terms of the CFS, but they did really help my depression, some more than others). I know that weight gain is a common side effect of some of these drugs, but fortunately I never really had that problem. I think a lot of the risk of weight gain is relative to dosage and length of time you're on the drug. Tricyclics, of which Elavil is one, promote weight gain because they can monkey with your metabolism, and Elavil os one of the most notorious in this regard. If you run a Google search on Elavil and "weight gain," you'll turn up lots of info.<br><br><br><br>
I'm on so many drugs to treat all my various medical issues, and over the years I guess my general philosophy has become "if you need it, you need it" and the imporvement ot my quality of life is more important than some of the side effects, which can start to seem trivial if you're really suffering. If you need the meds for sleep disturbance, tricyclics are the way to go, but if you're really worried about weight gain, you might talk to your doc about trying something besides Elavil. I've been on Trazodone for about eight years to treat a chronic sleep disturbance, and I haven't gained a pound.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, and I sincerely hope you get to feeling better soon.
 
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<div class="quote-block">Well, my doctor took me off of Prozac. Because I feel like a zombie still so it isn't doing anything. He has now put me on a high dose of elavil. He thinks it might be a sleeping problem. If this doesn't work, then I'm off to a sleep clinic. Has anyone ever taken elavil? How many of you have gained weight while on it?<br><br><br><br>
I'm so stressed about all of this.</div>
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it must be horribly frustrating. it sounds like you're being taken seriously by your doc though, which is a plus- and if he's gonna send you to a sleep clinic if these drugs don't work, you might find you get to the bottom of things pretty soon. amitriptyline (elavil) didn't make me fat, it just made me very jittery and i found it hard to focus my eyes. i'm sure you'll be ok though- just hang in there, and see how it goes!<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I've been on Trazodone for about eight years to treat a chronic sleep disturbance, and I haven't gained a pound.</div>
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m.t.ness: i was on trazodone for a while- it has sedative properties as well as antidepressant ones: just out of curiousity, don't you find it knocks you right out almost as soon as you take it (i took mine before bed for this reason) so you definately sleep, but it also leaves you very groggy all day? it wiped me right out. just wonderin'.
 

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I was on Elavil for vulvodynia (pain disorder) and it really really messed me up. I was exhausted all the time, it messed up my stomach (call your dr. if you start waking up with a sore throat). It caused anxiety, paranoia, irrational anger, I did gain a bit of weight and had incredible cravings for sweets (to the point where I would wake up at night NEEDING something sweet).<br><br><br><br>
It did help immensely with my pain problems but I eventually just decided that I would rather just live with the pain then walk around like a mad woman all the time. I got off of it and suddenly everyone at work liked me again, lol.<br><br><br><br>
Most people don't do as badly on it as I did though, so you might have better luck and it will make you sleep. I would sleep so hard Chance used to wake up several times in the night to make sure I was still breathing.
 

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m.t.ness: i was on trazodone for a while- it has sedative properties as well as antidepressant ones: just out of curiousity, don't you find it knocks you right out almost as soon as you take it (i took mine before bed for this reason) so you definately sleep, but it also leaves you very groggy all day? it wiped me right out. just wonderin'.</div>
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Hi there... I don't want to hijack the OP's thread, but since you asked, I'll respond. CFS produces horrible and intractable sleep disturbances, so the sedative effects of trazodone are precisely why I take it every night before bedtime. Even on the traz (which doesn't knock me out immediately, unfortunately), I'm lucky to get 6 hours of sleep a night, and sometimes I have to take a second tranquilizer med (benzodiazapine) to get to sleep. It's a horrible situation! I've tried all kinds of sleep meds, but the traz seems to work the best.
 

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Well, last night I took elavil at dinner. And around an hour and a half later I was like "whoa.... I think it is time for me to go to bed" which sucked because it was 8:45 pm on a Saturday night! So today I'm taking it around 9:30pm. I slept all the way until 11:30am this morning. now wonder i feel great, 14 hours of deep sleep. i do feel a little jittery this morning.
 
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the jitters might just be because its new- they might be gone in 2 weeks, so give it a bit of time and see. i'm really pleased for you that you got a good sleep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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the jitters might just be because its new- they might be gone in 2 weeks, so give it a bit of time and see.</div>
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Agreed - most pschyotropic drugs have a fairly long "break in" period, which includes not only relief from temporary "adjustment" side effects, but in terms of actually improving your problem. Glad you were able to get some sleep!!!
 
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