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    Hi ladies.
    I see that alot of members on here are taking elavil to help with their IC pain. I took this med a couple years ago before I had IC to treat neuralgia pain I had in my throat. It gave me bad heartburn so I stopped it. I was wondering if the cousin meds to elavil such as nortytriptyine/pamelor would have the same side effects?
    I was thinking about asking my urogyne about prescribing one of these meds to see if it would help with the pain. I am a little reluctant as I know these type meds are known to slow the gut down, which is the last thing I need as I have already pre-exsisting motility disorders of my stomach which makes it slow as it is.
    Also I dont need to get urinary retention as I seem to have this side effect from some meds. Is that a common side effect with elavil or nortitriptyline?
    Just curious. Thanks for any info.
    Jen

  • #2
    What was your elavil dosage. It comes as low as 5 mg.

    Donna
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    • #3
      Hi Donna,
      I was on 10mgs. I called my urogyne and am waiting for him to call me back. I am going to ask him about it.
      Thanks.
      Jen

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      • #4
        Each medication is different so this might not help, but I've found there are some medications that I need to take with a large glass of water to avoid heartburn. If I only used a swallow of water or tried to dry swallow the pill - major heartburn. With at least 8 oz. of water I had no problem. Might not work with Elavil, but thought I'd mention it.

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        • #5
          Now is nortitriptyline different than elavil? I tool elavil in the past and it did give me heartburn so I stopped it. I did read that there seems to be alot less side effects with the nortatriptyline though. Is this true?
          Jen

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          • #6
            I have taken Elavil 10 mg since 11/30/06. It does not give me any heartburn at all and no dry mouth. I do get constipation but this is probably my IBS. I will start nortriptyline tomorrow night. I am constantly hungry with Elavil.
            bunnykinb

            6/04 dx Mild IC; 3/06 2nd hydro/cysto w/2nd uro; Moderate IC now. IBS dx 11/03. 6/08 dx Vulva Vestibulitis/Pelvic Floor Spasms. 7/20/15 Feels like I have moderate IC now. Burning again.

            tried & failed treatments: Urocit K 2x/day, Prelief & Atarax 25 mg 3/05-6/06; elavil 10mg 11/30/06-2/28/07 (stopped due to hunger); elmiron orally but had throat tightness;heparin instills 1x/mo 9/04-2/05;elmiron instills every 2 wks 7/05-2/06;20 DMSO 7/28/06-9/07.nortriptyline 10mg 4/07-10/07current meds/treatments:Tofrinal 25mg;Yasmin bc. Heparin instills every 2 weeks 2/08-present. Mix: 8cc lidocaine, 8cc heparin (40,000 units), & 3cc sodium bicarb. main symptoms: frequency & labia/clitorial burning

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            • #7
              Quit Elavil

              Well i have been on elavil for about three to four months and today i quit. My dr put me on zoloft instead. with elavil, i was always hungry, gaining weight, angry, destructive, depressed.... unbelieveable! i was fine for the first bit of time on it, then the more i took it the worse it got. guess i am joining the ever growing "cant take elavil" club on here


              Jessica
              diagnosed with IC in 10/2006

              Current meds:
              Elmiron, 100 mg twice a day
              Kyolic Garlic, 2-4 pills per day
              Zoloft, 25mg per day
              Aviane BC
              Multivitamin and Glucosamine (as needed)

              I will not allow IC to control me or my life!

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              • #8
                bunnyknib

                I saw that you put that elmiron caused throat tightness for you. that could be caused by the heartburn that many get with the capsules. i take mine out of the capsule and mix with a tiny bit of water, then take it, and i have no heartburn/throat lump/ etc. maybe you could try this? the heartburn is apparently caused by whatever is in the capsule coating.


                Jessica
                diagnosed with IC in 10/2006

                Current meds:
                Elmiron, 100 mg twice a day
                Kyolic Garlic, 2-4 pills per day
                Zoloft, 25mg per day
                Aviane BC
                Multivitamin and Glucosamine (as needed)

                I will not allow IC to control me or my life!

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