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  • braykittie
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    Hi
    I take Effexor 150-mg every morning and 40-mg elavil around 5:00 every day.
    They are both seratonin re-uptake inhibitors and I was concerned the two together could cause a problem, my doc said No.
    As for me feeling better I certainly do. Which could be that I am sleeping so much better (not up 10 times a noc voiding) The almost constant, grinding, debilitating pain is 95% gone, which makes me a much outgoing/happy person. So all in all I definitely feel better.
    Hope this helps, and I will increase my doseage of elavil if IC syptoms (pain) returns.
    Take care.
    Braykittie

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  • hiphuray4peas
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    Berkshire- That's exactly what I was thinking... that the higher does could still provide the pain relief that the lower dose does. However, I don't think the amount is correlated to the degree of pain relief... so even though the higher dose for depression would provide relief... it wouldn't provide MORE relief than the lower dose. (Anyone know if I'm correct with that assumption?)
    Braykittie- does the elavil help with your depression on that particular dose? Did you continue on Effexor in conjuction with Elavil?

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  • braykittie
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    I put off trying elavil for a long/long time. I have been taking effexor for 2 or 3 years for depression and ocd and just didn't want to start something else---BOY was I stupid for waiting so long. I quit elmiron coz it just was doing nothing and during an especially painful flare I decided to try elavil and within one week I knew it was working. I presently am taking 40mg per day and finally have some relief. I worked up from 10mg per day to the 40 so it's a trial and error process, but I have read some IC'ers are taking 75mg. I would encourage you to take the elavil! Good luck.
    braykittie

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  • amartaingirl
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    elavil

    I had quit elavil...for like a week..
    trying to detox myself..because my hair was falling out from the elmiron..
    i wasn't sure it was really helping me...or not anyway

    anyway...boy oh boy...i was i wrong.
    it has helped me substanstially!!

    i went back on a week ago. i feel soo much better
    it helped with frequency

    i would try it.

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  • Berkshire Road
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    Yeah, I think the dosage for pain control is actually lower than the dosage for depression. So, if you are on a good dose for depression, it would stand to reason that it would also help the pain.

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  • ICNDonna
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    When it's given for pain control, it can take a much smaller dose of something like elavil. Our doctor explained that it helps by interfering with the pain receptors in the nerves. Some ICers take up to 50 mg for pain control and it helps. My husband, on the other hand, only takes 10 mg for arthritis pain.

    Donna

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  • GriffsMommy
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    My uro just gave me elavil on Wednesday for my pain and frequency. I'm currently taking 25 mg. If you read the boards ALOT of people have said that they get a lot of relief w/ the elavil. I've read that some say it has cut their frequency and pain in half! I've only been on it for a couple of days so I think it's too early to say how much it is helping but I'm very hopefully. Personally I would probably go with the elavil because it has helped so many IC people and if your therapist is offering it to you why not try it and see if it will help the IC along with what your therapist is prescribing it for. Doesn't hurt to try I would think! Good luck

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  • hiphuray4peas
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    dosing questions...

    I've heard that the doses of tri-cyclics antidepressants for pain and mental aspects are different, that for the emotional benefit the dose must be higher. However, I was wondering if you can still get the benefit of treating pain when on the doses for depression.
    I've been offered to try elavil or cymbalta to try and help treat my bi-polar type II condition by my therapist... and am wondering if it could help my IC too. I've done some research on the medications individually, and am still stuck on which one may provide the most benefit for my pain.
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