Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
May 8, 2003
Question from Slavonski Brod, Croatia:
I am am 27 years old, have had type 1 diabetes for 14 years, and recently I have had bad headaches, though my blood sugar levels are stable. I am also depressed because of my private life issues, and my doctor prescribed Amyzol twice per day. Is Amyzol an anti-depressive? Can it cause weigh gain? Can I get used to it, and have problems with quitting?
Amyzol is an anti-depressant and can be useful in also treating anxiety. It may cause weight loss or gain depending on the person. Your body will get used to the medication, and you can be weaned from the medication under a doctor’s supervision.
[Editor’s comment: Amyzol is a brand name for amitriptyline, an older and still effective antidepressant that has been used successfully for many years in people with depression, including people with diabetes. (Interestingly, it also seems to help a lot of folks who have diabetic neuropathy.)