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Dr. G opinion pls..
snowyowl33 posted:
Hi Doc, long time no see, hope all is well with you.

Ok, I would like your opinion on the use of Elavil (amitriptyline) low dose 10mg. one to start at bedtime for a month and then two per night for nerve pain from my damaged spine. I have recently had a back specialist prescribe this to me for nerve pain issues and I have concerns about using it. thoughts please?

Secondly, I am already on Lamotrigne, Adderal a water pill -hydrochlorothyazide and an anti inflammatory (diclophen) spelling? daily and am wondering about interactions with all these other meds.....

Thanks Doc

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Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:
Hi Snowy,

Welcome back. Elavail is probably the best-studied drug for neuropathic pain, so the 10-50 mg at night range is pretty customary and well-studied, and often very effective. Very sedating, and can cause constipation and dry mouth, but usually livable. Theoretically a tricyclic antidepressant can cause or worsen mania -- something to watch for, though less likely probably at a low dose. You aren't taking any anti-manic drugs so the risk may be a little higher than if you were taking lithium, Depakote or an atypical antipsychotic.

There are no interactions with the medicines you mentioned.

Dr. G.

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