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Re: TCA experiences anyone? Beastress

Posted by Snoozy on June 7, 2003, at 13:13:50

In reply to TCA experiences anyone?, posted by Beastress on June 7, 2003, at 12:45:27

Interesting coincidence - I was just posting a reply about Elavil up two threads from this one!

As I mentioned in the other post, I have never been able to tolerate any of the TCAs because I have low blood pressure and the TCAs lowered it further, and I was on the verge of passing out so much of the time.

I know it does help some people, especially with chronic pain, but not me :(

> Hi All,
> I'd really like to hear about other people's experiences--both good and bad--with TCAs. My doctor suspects fibromyalgia+depression but won't be making a diagnosis until she has more info. The depression part doesn't surprise me, but I don't *feel* depressed at this time. She has asked me to consider using a TCA for physical pain and depression.
> I was prescibed amitryptilene (Elavil?) way back in the pleistocene era (before SSRIs) but found that the first couple of doses made me almost non-functional for over a week. Maybe I would have found some benefit if I'd just stuck with it, but at the time, the depression seemed easier to deal with than the drug to treat it.
> I'm pretty med sensitive. My experience with SSRIs (Prozac, Effexor) didn't work out very well. I am wondering if I should re-try TCAs or continue to try to deal with this in other ways? Any info you are willing to relate is greatly appreciated.
> Thanks
> Leigh




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