Amitriptyline

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I have been on amitriptyline for 2 weeks now so i can sleep coz i have fibro,but they have stopped working anyone else experience this

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    amitripyline is an anti depresant your messing with your head,

    iv not used it.  but know a couple who used it short term after injury

    and it worked well, so it seems to be a good short time relief

    which you seem to confirm.

     

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    You're right, it is an antidepressant but low doses have been found useful for neuropathic pain. I have been on them for over a year now and I know that I am benefitting from them. The maximum dose for neuropathic pain is 75mg. I'm on 50mg nocte and it's working well and is definitely not messing with my head. I take Gabapentin too, that is a drug used to control epilepsy when used in conjunction with another epilepsy drug. Again doses up to 1200mg tds are used for neuropathic pain.

    I hope you find what works for you soon

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      you replied to andrea it was me tina who said antidepressants mess with your head,  but that aside hope you have continue success with it i would never tell someone to stop taking anything ,but a lot of people are drug sensisitive with this condition ,so i just suggest alternatives,

      anti depressants will mess with your head other wise they wouldnt work with depression, you wont know till you come of . i was on a low dose antidepresnt for just 2 months ,just because i was fed up with being so miserable with the pain, i ended up with night time coughing fits and vomiting, every night without fail, a voice like dearth vadour due to a crashing peek flow from 400 to 200 , and when a nurse saw me for something else she told me to come of because it was them causing my symptoms ,

      i felt like s**t for 2 weeks dizzy , and even thou iv been of now about 6yrs i have been left with a permenant cough that wont go away. so there not for me . glad you seem to be ok.

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      Hi Tina, 

      My reply was to Andrea but as I had read the opinions of other contributors felt it necessary to clarify that the low dosage of Ami would not be sufficient to deal with depression and the term you use 'mess with your head' is somewhat misleading in my opinion. I have a background in mental health nursing and sports science and have looked at pharmacology along the way. It sounds like you have had an adverse reaction to the drug, it can happen but is still recommended by NICE as useful for neuropathic pain and helpful in the majority of cases.

      I am all for drug free where possible and have found that stretching, gentle exercise, hydro-therapy and socialising great for improving flexibility, strength, endurance and general well being. Of course I get low, it's normal with Fibro but I have a whacky sense of humour and laugh loud and often. Laughter is the best medicine in my book :-)

      I hope you feel as well as you can Tina. 

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    Hi yeah I was on them years ago and I just had to increase them after a while. I was taking one to start and eventually up to 4 each night. They did help a bit and I have asked about them again, but as I take citalopram I cant
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    i went upto 75mg but didn't really do much just made it hard to get up in the morning so i stopped taking it but then i frozen shoulder so have started taking it again but i'm only taking 25mg and its started to help again and i'm sleeping better to xx
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    okay thank you
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    I have found that amitrypiline has helped me to sleep and has taken the edge off my pain. I know that it was originally an anti-depressent but you have to take much higher doses, and there are better anti-depressants around now. I am taking 40mg

    but ny doctor says I can go up to 75mg. It does seem to keep me asleep in the mornings, cos I don't need to go to the toilet, which i always did before I took it. Be ok if I didn't have to go to work some mornings!

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