Amitriptyline 10mg giving me more headaches

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I have been given amitriptyline 10mg for chronic tension headaches and I'm on day 3 and it feels as if my headaches have gone worse is this normal

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    Hi mrmartin. It is normal to experience side effects when you first start amitriptyline. Mine lasted about 3 months, (grogginess, heavy/fuzzy head), but they do go away. If they havent by then go see your gp.

    Take care!!

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    Give it some time. Your body needs to get used to this new drug introduced to your body.I am on 20 mg right now and I can tell you going fro 1 or 2 migraines a week to maybe 1 a month. Hang in there
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    Hi Mrmartin,, I'm on 50MG of Amatriptalin amoungs others,,,will take a while before you feel the benefit,,,stick with them,,,I'm sure you will feel the benefits of them,,,been on them 7 years now,,,

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    It's hard ...been on them 3 days and headache is worse and feel very zoned out..I'm starting new job next week and don't wanna be like this

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    As i mentioned earlier mrmartin, i was groggy & fuzzy for 3 months & i continued with work.

    If you are starting a new job next week, firstly many congratulations on your achievement. But do explain to your new employer that you have recently been prescribed amitriptyline & may experience the above symptoms & that you are still adapting to the tablets. 

    Take care!

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    Your get through it Mr Martin,, like the rest if us,,,hang on in there,,good luck in your new job,,,,,try not to think to much about your medication,,,
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    Being groggy is fine but my headaches at the moment is 10x worse than usual and it morning I was coughing up blood. I think I'm gonna stop and see my GP next week

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    Headaches yes but coughing up blood,,,can't remember it saying that in side effects,,,,

    Doctors best thing,,,,

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    Its difficult to say.

    I was on amitriptyline 10mg for 2 months as a migraine preventative and tension headache relief.

    Whilst it did help sleep, my migraines were much more frequent and severe. The tension headaches a lot worst.

    I switch to propranolol and had instantly better results within 7 days or so. Glad I switched!

    Maybe ask the GP?

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