Ok kids, I have been taking elavil for about 3 months now for sleeping. It worked like a charm for a while, lately not so much. I have gained at least 10 pounds on an already 20 pound overweight body. Which is fine, I love my body and am happy with my curves. BUT!! It is not helping me sleep and I want to go back on trazodone. Do I have to wean off the elavil?? It is not an SSRI so I am not sure if I do or not. I am so fed up with these meds I want to throw them all into the sea....If anyone has any thoughts would greatly appreciate!!
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Depends on the dose. I've been on it and off it for years. When going off, I typically step down 10 mg per week. When I do it that way, I get no withdrawl symptoms. If I have to stop abruptly when I'm at 20 mg or higher, I get a few days of headaches and mild malaise.
50 at night. Stopped working, upped it to 75 for about a week. I never even knew the weight was coming on until I started having trouble in my bra..lol..And I remember Bluelakelady saying how it caused her to crave candy at night. Same thing happened to me..I haven't taken it at all for the past few nights. Only thing I notice different is the pain in my upper body is absolutely agonizing. BUT, we are in a huge rain storm that has been going on for a couple days..That could be a factor. So I took one 25mg pill this morning just to see if the pain abates a bit. If it doesn't I am just quitting them..they worked great for sleep for a while but why take them if they don't? Thanks for your input Jane, how are you doing?? xoxo
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i just quit cold. was on it only a short time as you are tooly. i bet the storm has you pinned down. barometric pressure hurts. take a hot bath and jump in my hot tub.
peace and hugs,
ps. hi jane!!
I just hope this damn extra weight comes off..and the sweet cravings..usually at night or after dinner I have a glass of ovaltine and lofat milk, that usually cures my choc craving and gives me some protein..what irritated me is that I never eat crap like that..I think I am just going to stop taking it altogether. I took one 25mg this morning and I am still in agony. So I am done with that drug..ugh...thanks for the input love..
Sandra sorry that was so long ago and I had so much weight on from other health issues, I don't remember. I think you could expect to take some weight off just from losing excess water weight and bloat. Of course that won't be as much as you would like. Wish I could give you a real positive on this, but sorry I can't.
Glogirl, it's all good sweetie, I am starting to feel better body and ache wise. So the drug is probably out of my system. I still feel a bit bloated but not as bad. Plus I am flaring with colitis so the bloating abdominally is probably from that..I have been eating lots of greek yogurt. And drinking over 2 liters of water a day..Coffee right now..lololol..love you girl for your help
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it took me about 4 years to drop the 40+ that i gained on that med. however, i was not trying that hard to shed it. when i did it was exercise, an organic diet and i had 18 acres to tend.
losing weight was always an issue for me tho. i was overweight most of my life. usually by 30 to 50 lbs. once i was 70 lbs over and i recall that was after the experience with elavil. i was huge and it hurt to be that big. emotionally and physically.
so glad you are off it.
have a great day.
peace and giggles and love,
Thanks cupcake. I do feel better. No more chocolate cravings, no more carb cravings. I eat right. I always have. But I have battled between 20 and 30 pounds my whole adult life. I finally accepted myself at 20 over. But the elavil added 10-15 pounds above and beyond what I am comfortable with. I am hoping it comes off now. Laura and I are going to get to walking at least a few times a week. But never the day after my busy Wednesday. lol..I am hoping it comes off without too much trouble. From now on I research these drugs. love you tons sista xoxo
i think with effort it will come off easily. walking is the best! shoot for every day except thursdays. i do love a long walk. especially love hiking the mountains. still have the stamina for that even if i don't have any muscle tone left. giggle. oh and the ocean headlands are steep and so much fun. that's a 2 hour drive tho. we know how fanny feels about that!
it's raining just a bit out. soft sounds.
enjoy your day my friend. time to stretch the arse again. giggle.