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Old 07-20-2005, 03:00 PM   #1
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Question Newly diagnosed with interstitial cystitis

I was just diagnosed with interstitial cystitis last week, and today the doctor gave me amitriptyline for pain...what can you tell me about this medication and the side effects?

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Old 07-20-2005, 10:01 PM   #2
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Re: Newly diagnosed with interstitial cystitis

I thought amitriptalyne was an anti-depresant?

well..Im sorry you have to suffer with this,I was diagnoised last month. My family dr gave me detrol & amitriptaline(sp) the detrol hasnt helped with the "frequency" & the ami turned me into a zombie~ I stopped taking it..nothing is worth feeling THAT way~

I am seeing my uroligist next month, I hope he puts me on Elmiron~
Good luck~

Old 07-21-2005, 04:55 PM   #3
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Re: Newly diagnosed with interstitial cystitis

Hi there,

OK, yes, Amitriptyline (also known as Elavil) is an antidepressant, however, many antidepressants, particularly triptan drugs, are also used for the treatment of chronic pain...and no, it's not because your doctor thinks you're crazy -- it's got something to do with neurotransmitters in the brain, or something like that.

As far as side effects go, it can make you tired, but your body adjusts after a while. When I took it for my IC, I only took it at night, but I did not have severe pain. Those who do might take it throughout the day. My only advice when it comes to Ami is to really watch yourself. If you find that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to urinate, it's time to cut back.

Are you on any other meds, Sunshine?

Be well,

Old 07-21-2005, 07:54 PM   #4
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Re: Newly diagnosed with interstitial cystitis

Thank you for your reply, yes, I am on Elmiron. That's all that I'm on for the cystitis.

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