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Hi guys

I stopped taking amitriptyline a week ago,i weaned myself off 150mg over 15 months,finished the last 10mg last week,sinve then i get up to wee a lot and cant sleep..getting exhaused now and not sure what to do!!! has anyone had similar experience on withdrawals

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Nikki

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    Hi Nikki

    ?You don't say how long you have been on Amitrip but it is known that kidney function should be checked via blood tests at least yearly whilst on this type of drug. If your GP has shown due diligence by doing this test perhaps you could just have an infection, but I would get this checked out asap to be sure. Kidney problems do manifest as fatigue and changes in normal bladder pattern so please be sure to get an appt. to see your GP and get this checked out. I wish you well 

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      Hi i was taking amitriptyline for 16 years,i went to the doc earlier,no apparent water infection, but sending sample of to lab to check.

      Thankyou for your advice Elizabeth .

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    Hi Nikki, firstly well done you getting off this bloody drug. im currently on a reducing regime. im currently on 7.5mg , im amazed you stopped 10mg just like that, i have tried twice previously and have awful withdrawl at 5mg. Anyway ami dries us up so its normal to start weeing through the night as before the drug stopped this which is a good thing i suppose. The sleep or lack of sleep problem is also a very common withdrawl symptom, it may take some months to get back to normal. Some people take herbal remadies for this as lack of sleep is awful. Can i ask, have you had any gastric problems?

    ta amanda 

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      Hi amanda

      Thanks for your comment,it's not eas y is it coming off pills,i have withdrwn all opiods too,hang in there,as i know it's not an overnight job..haven't had any tummy probs apart from toilet habits a bit odd

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      Hi Nikki and hello again Amanda,

      I'm not sure if you've seen my other posts here Nikki but ive been on 50-75mg of amitryptyline in 1994 apart from a disasterous attempt at coming off about 7 years ago. Anyway, I'm now weaning off again and feel pretty confident this time. I've done lots of research and know what to expect this time.

      Anyway, I'm weaning VERY slowly (2.5mg every 6 weeks) and last night was my first night on 17.5mg. I was on 20mg for the last 7 weeks and that went well. I added an extra week as I've been travelling anf sharing a room with another lady. I don't sleep well sharing a room with others at the best of times so I didn't want to risk cutting my dose and having a messy sleep. Anyway, back on my own last night and slept well on 17.5. I'll stay on that now until late May.

      I'm not sure when the real sleep probs will start but last time Im pretty sure I started losing sleep at 20mg.

      So far so good

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