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I have been on amitriptyline for a few years (25mg per day) for back pain. I had tinnitus but it was subtle and never lasted very long. And it never was a problem to fall asleep or live normally either.
I recently went through a bad patch and my gp increased my dose of amitriptyline to 50mg about 4 weeks ago. Also, I was given diazepam (2mg to 6mg in the evening depending on level of anxiety) and zopiclone (7.5mg in the evening) in the past 4 weeks.
I went off diazepam 2 days ago. I did not experience any unpleasant side effects on the first day/night of withdrawal. I also stopped zopiclone yesterday evening (did not take any).
Upon taking my amitriptyline last night, after a couple of hours, my tinnitus went louder but I managed to go to sleep. However, I woke up at 03:30 this morning and could not go back to sleep as the tinnitus was so loud. It was driving me crazy. It has remained loud until now (ie for the past 15hours).
I am starting to wonder if the higher dose (25mg -> 50mg) of amitriptyline could be the reason for this crazy level of tinnitus? Some people also mention tinnitus from zopiclone/diazepan withdrawal, however I am not sure this applies to me...
Has anybody suffered from similar experience with amitriptyline? If so, would reducing amitriptyline help? How quickly would the tinnitus be reduced?
How do you manage the symptoms of tinnitus to sleep?
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