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I just started on a dosage of 10mg a night as the Doctor seems to think not will help control what he thinks is functional IBS. I've been in so much pain and had such chronic diarreah I was ready to go against my beliefs about this drug to get better.

So I took one last night at 10.30pm as I've been told by Doc it's best to take before I go to sleep as I'm woken in morning with this abdo pain. So tonight I have taken another 10 mg but at 9pm. I don't know if it's because I went straight to sleep after last nights tablet but tonight I feel weird. A bit panicking and on edge and I feel a bit drowsy and spaced out. It's only a small dose. Is this normal ? Has anyone had any good results with this drug for IBS? Thanks

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    Hello kim. I take 20 mgs at night for neck pain. If I take it and don't go straight to bed I get the same weird feelings and I've been taking it for about 7 years now. I find it's best to take it and go to bed. Some people take it about 3-4 hours before bedtime. It's trial and error really.
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    Been on it since last May I take 30mg around 8.30 same time every nite then go to bed around 12.30 when its starting to work I get a full night sleep can sleep up to 12-14 hours it's the only med that give me free from pain chroinc lower back pain I also take 6-8 tramadol a day too it's been great for me takes around 6 weeks to get full benefits from it do stick with it you may not get a "hangover " effect the next day as your only taking a low doses
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    Kim, you have not actually said what drug you are taking.
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      Think it's Amitriptyline. That's what I took it to be as kims post is in that forum.
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      Sorry. I'm taking amytriptyline 10 mg a night. It makes me feel a bit spaced out. Also I have a headache with it too, not a bad one but a noticeable one. I think it's helping with my abdo pain and I haven't had diarreah since starting them. Let's see.
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      I take 20mgs at night. You'll get used to them. Did you feel spaced out this morning or was it just after you'd taken the tablet?
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      I take them around 10pm at night. I wake feeling a bit fuzzy headed. Slight headache too.
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      I take mine at 10pm and I find that suits me best. The fuzzy feeling and headache will stop as you get used to the tablets.
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      Hi I hope nobody minds me joining the conversation and asking when you start this med how long the spaced out feeling lasts. I have been taking 20 mg for alnost 3 weeks. Im waking spaced out which lasts a long time. Also im waking with what feels like a hangover...slightly heady, the shakes and heart racing a little (it just feels like I have been drinking lots of alcohol the night before...I dont actually drink!) im just wondering whether this wears off??
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      Hello alison. Of course nobody minds you joining in. I do it all the time lol. Welcome. If I remember correctly it took me 4-6 weeks to shake off the side effects. My GP prescribes 10mg tablets of which I take two, but I think I may have started with just one to begin with. What time do you take the Amitriptyline? It may help to take them a little earlier.
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      Thanks matron :-)

      I was started on 20 mg ( which I also take 2 x 10 mg tablets)

      I was taking it at about 10 pm but changed that to 8.30 pm. Trouble is I am woken everyday by my toddler whos wake up time is 5.30 am so not really sure what time to take them!

      I just hope this shaky feeling wears off bcus it sets off the anxiety.

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      Hi again alison. I found initially that I suffered less side effects by taking it 12 hours before I needed to get up. Then I started taking it later as the side effects wore off. 
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      I take mine same time every nite 8.30 then wait till it starts to work done this since last May it's been great for me only had 2 or 3 bad nights whenthwaspain was
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      Yes ive heard 12 hours but then I would be taking it at tea time to get up with little one! Oh well it has been 3 weeks tomorrow so hopefully a few more weeks and it will have improved....fingers crossed :-)
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      My Gp told me 4-6 weeks to get full effect a lot of people don't give the drug time to work as the side effects ie the dizzy head the next day and weight gain I've put some weight on as I'm not as active as I use to be because of the back pain it'swosshanging
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