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Elavil medication causing irregular menstruation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I have a question, I am a 29/f who hasn't had a period since Aug. I have taken about 10 tests, all neg...I am freaking because #1 I am naturally a hypochondriac, and I am nervous and anxious about my health all the time,and #2, I am paranoid about having an ectopic pregnancy. I am also on Elavil and i have read that that can cause an increase in prolactin, causing you to not ovulate, is there any truth to this? Any other reasons why I might be missing my periods?
Doctor :  
firstly even in ectopic pregnancy the test will be positive
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so ectopic pregnancy is ruled out
User :   ok, any other comments?
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and elavil tablet will cause menstrual irregularities
User :   i wasnt sure if that was common or not, so i thought i would ask. do you think i should go see the doctor?
Doctor :  
some studies say that tab alavil will cause postponement of periods
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User :   yes i am here
Doctor :   yes
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tab elavil causes postponement of periods
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but from when are u taking elavil?
User :   i started taking it mid july, had a period in july, then one in aug but it was lighter than usual, and then no period in sept and none so far this month
Doctor :  
then mostly tab elavil may be the culprit
User :   i was thinking that but im always so skeptical about believing anything ,i always want to look for the worst
User :   is there a way to wean myself off of it?
Doctor :  
yes but u should not stop it sudden;y
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u should slowly reduce the dose and then withdraw the drug
User :   ok, do you know how long it would take to get out of my system?
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it will not take long time hardly one o two days
User :   ok thanks
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