Amitriptyline disqualifying?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by want to retire, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Anyone here take Amitriptyline? My Dr. wants me to take it for migraines. But, it sure has ALOT of side effects. I was surprised at my last physical(DOT)(I'm feeder) and had to completely change my meds as one of my meds was disqualifying(clonidine). As we all know, it gets scary when you read the list of side-effects.........usually they are worse than whatever you have. Of course it tells you not to drive, operate heavy machinery and so forth.........several of my bp meds say that also but are not disqualifying. Anyone?
  2. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    Have you tried Botox? They say it works, and you don't have any wrinkles! j/k, but they do say it works.
  3. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Google it. That way you would get hits from other driving message boards. Widening the net, so to speak.

  4. I have.

  5. It's generally NOT covered by insurance.....$350 a pop........I really don't want to take another pill..........or get started on something and then have to stop it like at my last physical.
  6. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia


    BSWALKS Easily Amused

    My wife had it for migraines, but it didn't work for her.
    She had to get pre-approval from insurance co. It was a few grand or slightly less I believe
  8. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    post #6 has a link to what's supposedly allowed by the DOT. A girlfriend has them bad. She does acupuncture and botox, I guess. I think it varies person to person.
  9. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    I used to get them real bad. Er visit bad. I tried everything. What worked premysyn - Google Search, for me. I would also give them to the guys on preload, once I assured them they would not grow breasts or have a cycle.
    Unscientific yes, but if you dont want to take pills with dangerous side effects, buy a bottle and try it out..........
    I have been blessed, down to about 1 bad, terrible headache a yr. When I feel it coming on, I take a couple, sit for a minute, and it goes away. The key is catching it AT FIRST sign, and you know the signs.
  10. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    OMG!!!! I love Premsyn!!!! That :censored2: is the bomb!!!! My 'happy pills'!!!!!
  11. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    How often do you get migraines? I take Axert, stops them cold with no side affects but it doesn't work for everyone.
  12. gingerkat

    gingerkat Well-Known Member

    So are you saying this antidepressant doesn't disqualify you? If not, you might want to give it a try. Doctors always weigh the benefits vs. the side effects before giving you a medicine. This type of A/D, which is one of the older one's has more unappealing side effects, but since it's older doctors have found more things they could do with it (i.e. Trazadone is a old A/D, but now primarily used for a sleeping med). I have taken Amitriptyline and recently something in the same family, but had serious side effects, so it only lasted a week. But, not everyone is sensitive to meds like I am.

    Now, there a medicine that works WONDERS for migraines, but I don't know if it will disqualify you or not. It's called Topamax and it's technically classified as an anti-seizuire medicine, but it has so many other benefits. Their website actually boasts that it's for migraines. There are side effects like all meds, but I haven't run into anything terrible and I'm on a pretty high dose. My biggest complaint was that it changed my taste buds, especially with carbonated beverages. I guess that was okay, because I'm a diet coke freak. One great side effect is that is helped me control my appetite.

    Look up Topamax, look up if it's okay to take while driving (I drive all the time on it, not well - ha ha), and then talk to your doctor about it.

    If you have any other questions about it or even the Amitriptyline, you can PM me if you want
  13. wornoutupser

    wornoutupser Active Member

    Clonidine works on the Central Nervous System to decrease blood pressure. Most doctors will write a DOT exemption for you but the process in my area seems to take about 6 months.
  14. 'Lord Brown's bidding'

    'Lord Brown's bidding' Well-Known Member

    I take a medicine that would disqualify me from driving without a waiver from the prescribing physician stating he has observed me amd believes, in his opinion, the side effects will not prevent me from operating the vehicle in a safe manner.

    Would your doctor be willing to provide such a waiver on your behalf?
  15. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Sometimes when my wife and I go to bed and I want a little she says she has a headache. I don't believe her but mayb there is something to this.
  16. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    By the way, Premysn can be bought OTC for about 6 bucks, its worth a try, no worries about side effects, or disqualifying.
  17. over9five

    over9five Senior Member Staff Member