Amitriptyline for headaches

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I've been prescribed 10mg to see if it can ease headaches/ sinus headaches. I also have vertigo and I am slightly concerned as a lot of people find it makes me dizzy and groggy. With 10mg a day for a month should this happen? Do these work for conditions other than depression

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    You have been prescribed a low dose and yes you may find it makes you feel a bit "groggy" initially (as does lots of drugs) your body will get used to it. Take it about 2 hours before bedtime and avoid alcohol until your body gets used to the Amitriptyline.
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    Hi Jackie

    i was prescribed 10mg daily to prevent migraines. Initially I did suffer from dizziness and drowsiness but, after about 3 weeks this subsided. So far I am migraine free so stick with it for your headaches/sinus. I am told that this particular drug isn't one usually prescribed for depression nowadays

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      Thank you so much for your reply.

      Can I ask if the dizziness was constant and was it managble? (I suffer from vertigo so it makes me slightly anxious thinking it could be worse again!). 

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      Why don't you start and take the Amitriptyline when you don't have to get up for work for instance and see how you react. I started on 20mgs initially and had no problems at all. You may also be ok but you won't know until you try it.
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      No dizziness not constant, just first thing in the morning. I started by taking meds at bedtime but brought this forward to about 2 hours before bed, that seemed to help
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      I have mentioned about taking it 2 hours before bedtime in my previous post but that again trial and error. Some patients take it 3-4 hours before especially if they still feel tired on a morning. It took me a few weeks to find the best time to take it. 
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