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  • KLA
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    Atarax

    Originally posted by EmmaJO View Post
    Atarax helped me better then elavil when I was on them.
    How lond did it take to feel any difference? I just started a week ago on it.

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  • Sarojini
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    Oh yeah... take the weight gain seriously... Elavil makes you eat for sure, and it makes me crave SWEETS like crazy. I also gained like 20 lbs on the stuff. I'm still on it, trying to control myself around the sweet stuff to get those pound off, but I am wondering if I want to continue taking it much longer, as I'm not really sure it added anything to the regimen I was already on (other than the insatiable appetite). LOL

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  • criddle
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    Beware of Weight Gain on Elavil

    I took elavil for about 1 1/2 years. It helps with the IC and bonus, helped me to sleep. On the down side, I found that I had to up the dose over the 1 1/2 years as the initial dose doesn't work over time.

    Major downside...I gained a ton of weight. Elavil makes you hungry, hungry, hungry. I gained about 20 lbs. It also eventually made my joints hurt. I found it very hard to come off of. Harder than anything else I've ever taken. I cried for no reason, had anxiety attacks etc (I'm otherwise a very stable, normal person).

    After doing away with the elavil I did well for about another year before my symptoms returned. I'm managing now with Hydroxizine.

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  • valkay18
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    Thanks, girls!! I am just trying to come up with some things to try next if the birth control doesn't help. I am pretty sure my Uro would prescribe that if I asked him (as long as he doesn't think it would be a bad combo for some reason). He really wants to help and has been really flexible so far.

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  • meResque
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    I'm with Jessica. I take Elmiron, Atarax, and Elavil, and do great.

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  • EmmaJO
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    Atarax helped me better then elavil when I was on them.

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  • Jessica9379
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    Elavil, Atarax and Elmiron is my miracle combination!!! Its all I'm on, and it works wonderfully!

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  • Pammylynn8
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    The Elavil is an antidepressant and would probably take a few weeks to start working. Maybe you could add that and see if it helps and then if you needed to wean off of Atarax you could? I am assuming the dr. would prescribe both, but not sure. They could make you really tired for a while when taking them together, but eventually that side effect would go away. Good luck

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  • nineteenwinters
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    One has the (main) ingredients of an antihystamine (Atarax) and one has the (main) ingredients of a antidepressant (Elavil). Though they both share the mild 'tranquilizer' properties. The Atarax also has some off-label properties that are similar to a Benzo. I wouldn't want to be on Atarax since I am already on high doses of Allegra but I am on Elavil. I don't know that you could compare the two persay. But I guess they are the 'same' as in they are supporting drug for IC patients?

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  • valkay18
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    Atarax or Elavil?

    Just wondering what the difference is between these two drugs in terms of helping the bladder? I am on Atarax right now, but am curious to know if the Elavil would work better. I haven't asked my doctor about it, but plan to at the next appointment. Do doctors generally prescribe either one or the other to an IC patient? Do they both do basically the same thing? Just curious because my appointment isn't for another couple months! Until then, I am taking my Elmiron 4x a day, MSM 1000 mg, and 20 mg Atarax before bed... all of these prescribed by my doctor of course.
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