Anybody NOT had weight gain on Amitriptyline??

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I've been taking 10mg of amitriptyline for 2 nights to treat headache. I suffer from a numb sensation down my right side.

After reading all the side effects and posts on here it seems a lot of people put weight on. Has anybody not experienced weight gain or know how to avoid it?

Since starting my tingling feeling are worse and my ears are ringing so don't know if I should stop!

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    I have been on 25 mg for 16 years no weight gain, however I am on a Paleo eating regime.. 2 years now...worth googling excellent health benefits..weight drops off if it needs too...happy googling Amy.....be blessed:-) xxx
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    10mg is a very small amount of the drug and I do not feel this has anything to do with your symptoms. Has your GP prescribed amitryptiline for a particular health problem? I doubt whether he would do so without a thorough examination and discussion. Pararacetamol will do the "trick" for headaches! - Weight gain is only caused by eating and a lack of excercise!
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      She is treating my numb sensations as migraine symptoms. I was on beta blockers which helped, but I felt they made me tired and put weight on around my tummy.

      I feel like the amitriptyline could be even worse. I don't feel like doinh anything physical I'm too tired and fed up.

      I've been referred to a neurologist so hopefully thing will give me some answers.

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    Must add this too Amy, I was originally prescribed 50mg..felt like a zombie all day..then I went down to 25mg...I tried myself to come off that dosage and to take only 10 mg..but I had too much pain and couldn't sleep properly because if it..so my doctor insisted I take 25 mg..and that has been great for me for the past 16 years..I say that, to say this....dosages are very individual, what works for me won't work for some others,,and visa versa.. I know a woman who has gotten by on 10mg for years also another that has to take 50mg..so there you see it's very individual..also neither had weight gain from it..be blessed...yes, very confusing it is..:-) xxx
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    Hi Amy, I get this numb sort of feeling too on my left side and the ringing in the ears. Sometimes it's worse than others. I've been on amitriptyline for 3 yrs now and it certainly helps with the nerve pain xx
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    She is treating my numb sensations as migraine symptoms. I was on beta blockers which helped, but I felt they made me tired and put weight on around my tummy.

    I feel like the amitriptyline could be even worse. I don't feel like doinh anything physical I'm too tired and fed up.

    I've been referred to a neurologist so hopefully thing will give me some answers.

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    You must be feeling very uncomfortable and I am sure a neurologist will be ble to sort things out for you. An MRI scan will be arranged and possibly a nerve conduction test too. Just hope you don't have to wait too long! Alll the best.
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      I will probably have to wait for months! I don't have it all the time, just really bad at the moment. Thank you.
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    I have been taking 25mg Amitriptyline every night for about two months now and I have not noticed any extreme weight gain. But it might depend on your diet and exercise. I eat healthy and exercise often so that may be why it has not effected me
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      Thanks, I'm trying to eat less but finding it hard to motivate myself to exercise when I feel like this.
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      I wouldn't necessarily try eating less because it could be unhealthy but getting exercise is definitely important.

      Based on your symptoms I would recommend asking your doctor for an mri. At least you can rule out anything extreme that way.

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      She has referred me to a neurologist, but I'm worried it's something like MS! No doubt I will have to wait months to be seen. I do have health anxiety so the doctor doesn't believe me!
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    Hi Amy

    I've only taken 4 (10mg) tablets so far, but if this nausea continues I think I'll probably lose weight! Trying to work my way through a sandwich right now....

    They are making me feel rubbish too (no ringing in my ears yet though) and I've thought about stopping every single day so far!

    I am going to persevere for 2 weeks and then go back to my GP if the side effects don't start easing up. I think it's a "benefits" V.s "side effects" type of thing. I have chronic pain and I'm willing to put up with certain side effects if the pain goes away!

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