How Long Does It Take For Elavil To Eliminate Neuropathy

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The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

...other non-medicaltherapies. Using Tylenol or Advil for mild symptoms of PN may help. If the paincontinues, your doctor may prescribe opioid-based narcotics (Tylenol withcodeine) plus additional drugs such as antidepressants (Elavil), oranticonvulsants (Tegretol, Dilantin, Neurontin, Lamictal). If the painincreases and becomes severe, stronger narcotics may be considered. Other treatments can include: Topical lidocaine patch called...
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reversing neuropathy (TREATMENT OF PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY, 2010)

hi, just want to know if there is anything i can do to reverse neuropathy in my toes and feet. i am 46, male, fit and healthy, v/l undetctable, cd4 approx 500. i am told it was caused by stavudine which i stopped taking about a year ago, greatly...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...treating this uncomfortable condition. As for TRIM5a, it's way too early to predict if it will be a "genuine HIV cure" or how long it will take to get to prime time (be readily accessible). So the best I can offer is to recommend you stay tuned.... Read more »

How long does neuropathy last?

About 1 1/2 years ago I was told I had Neuropathy and was told the systoms would last about 18months. I am not on any medication. I was wondering if this does go away or is it permanent?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...The course of neuropathy in the setting of HIV and treatment is highly variable. If due to HIV medications it often (but not always) will stabilize or Read more »

neuropathy: psych meds vs. pain management meds

I am an HIV Case Manager and am looking for some advice in a complex situation regarding neuropathy. My client who is sitting here with me has been experiencing "fiery painful feeling from his feet up his legs to his extremities, up his arms, and up...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...approach to the condition, I am a strong advocate of non-narcotic analgesics, Neurontin, Tegretol and some antidepressants, such as Elavil. One of the main problems I often see is a failure to push the Neurontin to high enough doses. I have used... Read more »

Neuropathy and resistance to Elavil?

My partner has been taking 12.5mg of Elavil for neuropathy for about 4 months now. Initially that low dose was sufficient, but over the past month he has been having problems again (more pain/sensitivity). We increased the elavil to 25mg/day for...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...make neuropathy worse (like d4T, ddI or dapsone), my usual approach is to continue to increase the tricyclic (amitriptyline/Elavil) by 25 mg at a time until there is a chance of approaching a toxic level or the person feels better, whichever... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

...may include foot drop, facial droop, or paralysis of the diaphragm (the sheet of muscle in the chest used for breathing). Mononeuropathies are uncommon in people with HIV and are easily distinguishable from DSPN. Today, many cases of... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

...causing PN. Drug-induced PN normally goes away totally if the drugs are stopped when PN first appears. However, this can take as long as eight weeks. If you continue to take the drugs, the nerve damage might become permanent. Non-drug... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Peripheral Neuropathy

...pain than other possible meds. For pain that mostly occurs at night -- the standard recommendation is for oral amitriptyline (Elavil, a tricyclic antidepressant), beginning with low doses in order to minimize certain side effects (dry mouth,... Read more »
Project Inform

Peripheral Neuropathy

...their symptoms, studies actually show that they're not clinically effective. The more commonly prescribed TCAs for PN include Elavil (amitriptyline), Aventyl (nortriptyline), Norpramin (desipramine) and Tofranil (imipramine). Some protease... Read more »