Amitriptyline

Doc prescribed for little anxiety from pm and pins and needles in feet and hands occasionally from nerves probably 

Thoughts? Afraid to take anything???

 Thanks 


2 Comments

And the real question is....?

by Gotrhythm - 2019-07-13 17:25:05

Not sure what help you're asking for.

I'm going to assume you mean you're afraid to take anything because you have a pacemaker. You're afraid the drug could affect it in some dangerous way.

This concern comes up more often than you might think. Some people don't really understand exactly what a pacemaker is or how it works.

Relax. Your pacemaker will not be affected in any way by amitriptiline or any other drug. It cannot be harmed by any drug and no drug will cause it to malfunction. It's like being afraid the drugs will harm your wristwatch.

If you mean you're afraid to take amitriptiline itself--that's a different question. There are upsides and downsides to any drug. You have to look at the risks vs the benefits. One of the side effects of amitriptiline is heart rhythm disturbances. Given that you already have a heart rhythm issue--and that's why you have a pacemaker--maybe amitriptiline isn't the best choice. Something that makes palpitations worse isn't likely to help much in relieving anxiety.

Although I take several drugs and I'm glad to have them, there's no doubt that if there's a non-drug way to deal with any health issue, that's the best way to go.

I'm not a doctor. I don't know if amitriptiline is the best choice for you.

There are lots of non-drug ways to deal with anxiety. Counseling, yogo, meditation, massage, exercise, diet change. That's the short list.

Drug therapy has it's place in dealing with anxiety, particularly anxiety that is basically caused by imbalance in brain chemicals. But even if you need the drugs, the other approaches can be valuable in giving you tools to deal with your own feelings yourself.

 

Thanks

by Kimmiee2 - 2019-07-18 10:23:33

Thank you As always for your words.

Have decided to pass at this time on the meds that he suggested.

i just started meditation and it does help me to just breathe and relax.

Enjoy your day!!!!

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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.