Amitryptiline and high heart rate

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Can Amitryptiline cause your heart rate to go up? Tachycardia?

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    Yes it can, and it is known to do so. I was on amitriptyline for 6 years and it caused my heart to go into V-Tach. I had no prior heart complications either. If you are having heart palpitations and or you are having trouble catching your breath or starving for air, please talk to your doctor immediately! My cardioligist suggested i stop the medicine asap, cold turkey too. that was 6 months ago. I am now on a beta blocker for the vtach and im still having heart palputations and vtach is back. i just pray its not permanent.

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      I have recently been having a faster heart rate, 90s-100s for a lot of the day. A few weeks ago i stopped my beta blocker, Propranolol, and i thought that was what was causing it but i asked my dr and he said typically the racing heart wouldn’t last as long as it has. So i started to think of what else could be causing it. I am thinking it is the Amitryptiline and i just didn’t notice it until i got off the Propranolol because they could have been counteracting each other. I am going to see about getting off of it asap. Did you have any other side effects when you got off the Amitryptiline?

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      Yes, when I was instructed to stop the Amitriptyline cold turkey, by my cardiologist, I had and still to this day have withdrawls. I am also on the Propranolol beta blocker for my heart issues. The amitriptyline is known to cause the high heart rate (mine was up in the 90s and 100s as well), heart palputations, and V-Tach. The beta blocker medicine should slow your heart rate down. Now, I will tell you this from my experience and I am no way a doctor, but since quitting the Ami and being on the beta blocker, my heart has continued to flutter, just not as much or as severe as when i was on ami. I have read where one of the many withdrawl symptoms is heart palputations. so at this stage in my withdrawls, i hope and pray that the palputations are just that, withdrawls and not permanent. But i dont know. My Vtach came back about 3 weeks ago (month 5 post ami) and the cardiologist increased my Propranolol dose from 60mg to 80mg. that did not work so its up to 120mg. i can breathe again but i honestly do not want to be on this med forever. i hope and pray that you and i both can over come these heart complications. If your still having issues, I would talk to your doctor

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      hi again,

      i am now in the process of weaning off amitryptiline. i am down to 10mg (i originally was at 25mg) and have been having some palpitations. i just wanted to ask, how are you doing now? are you still having the palpitations? also, what dose were you originally on??

      i have been trying to research if weaning down amitryptiline can cause palpitations but i cant seem to find anything on it

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    Well I've been on 50mg for 7 years,, and can not recall it happening to me,, but if your having it,, then go to the Doctors,, or see the information leaflet,,,

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