amitriptyline withdrawal

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Hi all, i have tried unsuccessfully to withdrawal from amitriptyline twice.  every time i get down to 5mg i start with awful symptoms, bad headaches, nausea, belching, abdominal cramps, back ache and  my bowels get so upset they feel like they are swollen i get bloated have wind and abdomen feels bruised. has anyone experienced this also?   

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    Oh no! I want to come off them too but when i hear horror stories like this, i get so scared to come off them.

    Good luck amanda & get well soon.

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    Dear Amanda, I started a thread last week about withdrawal. When I tried to go down to 5mg, from 10mg, a few years ago I got my migraines back so went back to 10mg. However, this time I've managed to get to 5mg without any trouble. My problem was going to less than 5mg. I have sought advice and been told that one way to reduce is to go to less for one night only then wait a few days before trying again so that the body has a chance to gradually get used to less. Then you gradually bring the days on a lower dose closer together.   Perhaps you could try that. How long have you been taking Amitriptyline? I think the longer you are on it the longer it takes to come off and it must be very gradual.

    Sue

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      hi, i have been on amitriptyline 14 months started at 10mg, went to 20mg after 3 months then 30mg after another month as it helped then stopped helping so weaned down to 10mg. i stayed at 10mg for a month. i cut the tabs in half and started on 5mg BOY  was i ill on day 3. went back on 10mg and took 8 days to feel ok. i stayed on 10mg another month then did alternate days 10mg and 7.5mg for 2 weeks all good. went to 7.5mg for a month the first few days i had  bowel problems felt like an torrent inside my bowels then settled. then i reduced again 7.5mg alternate days and 5mg then same old abdo pain and headaches, nausea and bloating felt so drained. so here i am again on 10mg.   
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    hi Amanda. I'm currently in the process of coming off them, and hopefully I'm pretty much there as I can't remember the last time I took 5mg (maybe a week ago). I've been amazed how hard it has been to come off them. I took 10mg for two weeks for pain but started feeling nauseous after two days that just got worse. I tried going cold turkey and just gave them up but after six days I had really bad nausea and felt like I was in a desert - constantly thirsty. I went back to half tablets (5mg) and have gradually weened myself off. I currently have abdominal pain but as my doc thinks I have fibro that's not unusual for me. I hadn't thought that it might be a withdrawal symptom from the amitriptyline. I've also been feeling itchy all over the last three days. Again I've assumed that's fibro related but I guess it could be amitriptyline withdrawal. I have been amazed just how hard a drug it is to come off, even at low doses. Good luck with getting off it.

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      Forgot to say I've also had the belching / acid reflux as withdrawal coming off them. The nausea and the thirst have been the worst though.

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      Hi Tom, when you say you have gradually weened yourself off how did you go about it? Missing days or cutting the tablets in half?
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      both. I started by cutting the tablets in half and having 5mg a night, then 5mg every other night, then every two or three nights, then every four or five nights. I just tried to go as long as I could without taking it, but as soon as I started feeling thirsty and nauseous I took 5mg that night. It's been over a week now without any so hopefully I may be there. It has taken a while though, maybe six weeks to get off them after only originally taking them for two weeks. Never again!

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      hi the itchy feeling will be the amitriptyline withdrawal as too is the abdominal pain and belching and acid. i dont understand why it has such an effect on gastro system, im still feeling the awful effects and been back on 10mg for 4 nights .
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      i found a web site called point of no return it mentions 10% tapering and taking omega 3 oils so going to speak to my gp and try getting the drug in liquid form as will help with the tapering and makes it easier.
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      I had no idea that it was available as a liquid. I'm surprised that Tomatom was cutting tablets in half as they are available in 5mg. which is what mine are. Stephen73292, don't be worried. I've heard on other forums that some people have come off with no problems at all. Just don't rush it. I've realised that because I've been on this small dose for some years I need to take things much slower. All the best everyone.

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      Hey Tom.

      Are you fully recuperated as far as your abdomen goes now? I have been living a nightmare after going down to 10 mg of nortriptyline. Any stomach sx you can imagine, but the worst is nausea, followed by acid burning.

      Pls let me know how you are. Thank you!

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      Hi Tom,

      You said after 2 days on amitriptyline you experienced nausea and it only got worse. I am wondering how you felt. I started amitriptyline in Nov 10mg and feel nauseas daily sometimes it is all day other times it comes and goes was this similar to You?

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    I am super sensitive to every medication under the sun. I just tried Amtriptyline 10mg for nine days, for treatment of migraine associated vertigo. The Amtriptyline caused unsettled sleep, with weird dreams, constipation, extreme morning grogginess, and bad heart palpitations; I stopped taking it, and my last dose was Saturday. It's Tuesday, and I've been feeling somewhat dizzy and nauseated for the past three days and nights. I feel like crap. Oddly, my lower back was aching me all day yesterday and this morning; I didn't know there could be a correlation. Glad I found this message board.

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      hi, your symptoms should  subside soon as you have only taken it for 9 days. its awful that this medication affects us so quickly. im not sure if its on here or another forum but, someone else had terrible withrawal symptoms  and had only been on it 2 weeks. that person went back on the 10mg and did a slower taper as the gp had said just stop it its a low dose! yeah right, easier said than done. i hope your symptoms dont last long xx
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      Hi Amanda,

      I'm feeling better; that is, I no longer feel the withdrawal from amitriptyline. I am left with finding a med to alleviate the migraine associated vertigo sad

      Thanks for your response!

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