Amitriptyline weight gain
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Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant prescription drug, sometimes prescribed to people doctors believe to be depressed, sometimes prescribed to help with insomnia, sometimes prescribed in the belief that it will help people to cope with chronic pain.
It is also prescribed for fibromyalgia, for neuropathic pain, postherpetic neuralgia and for bedwetting in children, though there are studies that have found amitriptyline dangerous to children because it sometimes causes them to have thoughts of harming or killing themselves. So you will find on the internet the advice that 'Children younger than 18 years of age should not normally take amitriptyline.'
Patients may sometimes find it helps with the problem for which it has been prescribed, but be that as it may, it frequently produces a host of adverse side-effects, including weight gain, oedema, swollen face, vivid dreams, nightmares, tachycardia (abnormally rapid heartbeat), stomatitis, blurred vision, mastitis (breast tenderness/painful, swollen breasts), ataxia (unsteady walking), gynaecomastia/gynecomastia (abnormal enlargement of the breasts in a male), enlarged and more visible veins, sodium retention, water/fluid retention, bloating, excessive thirst, salt sensitivity and photosensitivity, and cognitive and/or memory impairment.
Most of the side-effects I have detailed are actually a consequence of the combination of the drug and the eating of salty food.
Amitriptyline is also known as Elavil, Tryptanol, Endep, Elatrol, Tryptizol, Trepiline, Laroxyl, Vanatrip, and is present in some combination drugs, e.g. Limbitrol is a drug which combines amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide. Other tricyclic anti-depressants include clomipramine , desipramine , imipramine , nortriptyline , protriptyline , and trimipramine.
Weight gain is also widely reported by people taking Lexapro, Prozac, Fontex, Celexa (aka citalopram), Zoloft (sertraline) and Paxil. These are not tricyclic anti-depressants; they are SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors). As with the tricyclic anti-depressants, the weight gain is because of sodium retention and fluid/water retention, and can be avoided/reduced by avoiding eating salt and salty food. Sodium retention/fluid retention/weight gain/salt sensitivity is a side-effect of many drugs, including some anti-epileptic/anticonvulsant drugs, notably sodium valproate (trade name Epilim).
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