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I just thought I would post my experience with Amitriptyline as I know others may look for information as I did.
so I was prescribed 10mgs 3 months ago for sciatica pain, I knew nothing about the drug at the time. first week seemed ok but didnt seem to be doing anything much, second week was a decrease in pain but also tiredness and head fog during the day. week 3 the tiredness and head fog had gone and instead of so much pain it had decreased it some but I had tingling like ants crawling down my leg (which I preferred to the pain. I experienced some numbness feeling in my foot al well. I had also been taking an over the counter Anti Inflammatory Rapid 25 (Diclofenac potassium 25 mg) and a codeine with paracetamol when needed. I ended up getting a bowel bleed from the rapid25 and had to take a trip to emergency dept. the Dr told me to cut down on the rapid 25 and increase Amitriptyline to 20mg. This was ok just a bit more sleepy during the day again. after about 2 weeks I had not seen any difference in my pain so decided to drop back to 10mg again. well even after only being at 20mg for a few weeks dropping back I woke one morning about 3-5 days later with what I initially thought was a heart attack, I had pain in my chest and was anxious and crying. that lasted for a few hours, my husband suggested I look into side effects of coming off amitriptyline...wow I was surprised at the list and wish I hadnt gone on it to begin with, however it was helpful in managing the pain. I am now coming off as the physio has helped to ease the pain with exercises. for the last week I have been taking one 10mg tablet every second day as the ones I have are small and not able to break them in half and had been fine till monday when I felt sick for a few hours then again last night I had stomach cramps. I have decided I am going off completly now and just deal with any other problems since I am already experiencing some issues with dropping a tablet why extend them? so I will update as to any other problems that I experience in the next few weeks.
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