Luck with Nortriptyline after sleep issues with amitriptyline?

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Ive been on 20 mg of amitriptyline for a few weeks for nerve pain and feel its been causing me to wake up around 4am and then i toss and turn. I tried 30mg last night and woke up every hour so that wont work for me.

I talked to my doc, who is suggesting i wean off and then try Nortriptyline at night.

My concern is that this is the same class, so is it likely to cause the same sleeping issues as amitriptyline?

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    I don't have anything helpful to add, i'm afraid, but I just wanted to say that this so weird; I've recently moved from 10 to 20mg, and for the first week after doubling my dose, I woke up at exactly 4AM every night!

    It has since stopped happening, though, so perhaps it would be worth you sticking it out for a bit longer?

    Good luck, whatever you do.

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    My MS nurse changed me from Amtriptyline to Nortriptyline as I got side effects from Amtriptyline was on 25mg then changed to 30mg Notriplyne straight swap over took about 4 weeks for me to get a good night sleep well with the swap


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    Hi I have been on 75mg of amitriptylin at night for a few years now and I haven't experienced this. Last year due to a racing heart my consultant took me off my amitriptylin and I struggled for 3 weeks to get any sleep, literally waking every hour in so much pain now I am back on it I have managed to get some decent sleep. To be honest I personally would be hesitant to come off it x

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      I have tried now 3 weeks at 20 and wake up early. I tried 30 now for a week or two before when it kept me up, and now 30 is doing the same thing.

      I was wondering if switching to notryptoline can yield different results.

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