Just an extra warning about the tricyclic anti-depressant, AMITRIPTYLINE:
As well as frequently causing weight gain/sodium retention/water retention/obesity as a side-effect, amitriptyline also causes constipation. Doctors sometimes suggest counteracting the constipation by eating All-Bran because of its high fibre content. - But you would be wise to avoid All-Bran, because it is high in sodium/salt. This high salt content will increase the weight gain from the amitriptyline and will increase all the other problems associated with the weight gain - higher blood pressure, swollen blood vessels, breast tenderness, etc. If you take amitriptyline it is advisable to lower your salt intake as much as you can in order to keep the weight gain to a minimum.
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