The side effects you are reading about are extremely rare. It is important to understand that when you read about drug side effects on the Internet, many of these effects were drawn from the PDR (Physicians Desk Reference). The method behind the material in the PDR is to draw out ALL known side effects for any medication on the market. Anyone who is a health care professional might be familiar with the old paper form which came with every addition of the PDR which was supplied to doctors as a feedback form; if a doctor prescribed a medication to a patient and the patients toenails turned green, the doctor submitted the form to the PDR, the people who publish the PDR look for correlation - IF just one other person has toenail trouble then it could possibly be listed as a rare adverse side effect.
I know it can be very difficult, particularly with antidepressants. Some of the things you will read is scary stuff, but keep in mind that the majority of the side effects that you will read about occurred in people who were in poor health to begin with, often elderly patients. There is no way to determine whether the drug brought on the side effect or contributed to it in any way - the only thing that is certain is that the patient was taking the medication when the effect happened.
Amitriptyline is a very good medication for pain. Even at a very low dose it can have a profound effect on certain types of pain. It is not approved by the FDA for pain relief but it does work and it is very safe particularly at the low dose you described.
Thank you for the post! I was starting to think that same line of reasoning because some information I got on Elavil was that side effects were few and rare. And, if it's been out there since the 70's and 80's, it has to be pretty reliable.
The first time I took one, after my first trip to the ER, one little 25 mg tablet took away my shoulder and arm pain for weeks and I never needed to take another one. But part of me felt I was "masking" a problem and so I still never took one even when the pain returned.
Now, I am on my second day of taking Elavil and although it has helped manage the pain to a certain degree, the pain is still lingering. But it's better, too. I don't know how to explain it.
Should I be worried that I'm still feeling some pain? I am feeling like an ache in my neck and it seems like the lymph nodes. I told the Dr. but he doesn't seem concerned.
Finally, my Dr. has been trying to reassure me that I don't have cancer (he knows it's my fear), I am wondering if I really am suppressing a condition by treating the symptom of pain, with Elavil. Should I just accept this and move on, or should I stop the Elavil and try to live with the pain? Also, will the Elavil work effectively no matter how long I am on it?
My doctor put me on Amitriptilene last year, but if I'm not mistaken, that's a sleeping pill.
Might want to see if he can put you on Effexor XR.
Amitriptilene as i understand it, is Firsty an antidepressant when taken in a high dose, Secondly a pain reliever in low dose because it relaxes the muscles & stops the nerves firing, therefor Thirdly promoting better sleep which in turn helps with chronic pain such as MPS, ME, Fibromyalgia, etc...