Has amitrip caused anyone's heart to race

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I was given elavil for IBS depression years ago and I don't remember the dosage but my first dose caused my heart to race. I told my doctor and he took me off. Now many years later another doctor wants to put me on it for severe IBS and stomach pain. I told him about my prior issue but he isn't concerned which surprised me. He wants to start me at 10 mg a night and increase to 30 mg

Has anyone ever had heart issues on elavil and if so at what dose.

And has anyone taken it for IBS and/or stomach pain and if so did it help.

Thks faye

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    Hello Faye

    ?Amitriptyline does not suit everyone and if you had a reaction first time around it is possible you may again. Bear in mind that you do not have to take your Doctor's advice and can sit and talk about what better alternatives there are now. Amitrip is an 'old' drug - it has been used for many years for depression and has helped a lot of people. However, if you feel strongly that it is not the right treatment for you then please research alternatives and talk it out at the Surgery. Every man made chemical compound has side effects and withdrawals which vary from person to person, it is a very individual thing. Research on Google "Side efects on Amitriptyline" to see if others report your individual first experience on it which will enable you to make an informed decision for yourself. I hope this helps and please let us know how you get on with your Doctor.

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      Thanks for your advice. I have checked side effects and Amitriptyline can cause your heart to race among other heart problems, but not common.
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      It may not be in the common group but it happened to you Faye. Enough reason not to take it again I think as others here have posted. I had a very rare side effect on this drug - it triggered sudden onset acute angled closure Glaucoma and within 36 hours I had lost the sight in my right eye. I was fortunate to get to hospital and have emergency laser eye surgery which brought back most of the sight with just some loss of peripheral vision. I know that depression and severe IBS are horrid conditions to live with but I am sure there are better ways of dealing with these other than taking Amitriptyline. 

      ​Research natural remedies for IBS (there is good solid information out there) and for depression talk again with your Doctor - have you been offered counselling or tried it before? 

      I do hope you find the answers you seek and wish you well

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    Hi Faye

    I've been on 25 mg of Amitrip for3 years now, I've told 2 Gp,s it makes my heart race in the early hours asking me up.quite frightening..

    They just dismiss it I'm weaning off of them now as I'd rather have nerve pain than this ,also my heads always fuzzy I feel like I'm looking in on my life..

    My pharmacist said its not a high does so goodness knows what its like on an even higher amount..

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      I personally think you should have stopped it the first time it made your heart race that is so dangerous, that is why my first doctor took me off of it immediately. 
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      Yes Faye I also think that.

      I've been on lits of medication including codydramol for 8years and have just come off of them.I'm also taking lapransonal ( I think that's how its spelt) and they say that's bad for your heart.

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      hi , for nerve pain i was prescribed lyrica yesterday so only used for 1 day (at bedtime) . Amitrip which i took for a couple of days made my brain fuzzy and confused ...even crashed my car into a small stone barrier in a public car park...i just sat there waiting instead of applying the foot brake , while the car was slowly drifiting towards the barrier until it did crash and stopped..cost me a small fortune to repair and i came off amitrip pronto.
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    Tell your new doctor your experience. 10 mg is a very small dose. It does take a few weeks to give you benefits. I take 75 mg and have not had any negative effects then a dry mouth, during the 26 years I have been taking it.  I need it for a chronic pain condition . I cannot take any pain medicines.
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