taking 10mg amitriptyline as and when needed.

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hi. i have been taking 10mg amitriptyline for a year, prescribed as a pain relief and to help sleep. I am weaning myself off-thus far one every other day this past 7 days. I think my dr once said I can use them intermittently when in need as dose not very high. I would like to do this if i felt the need to. what does others on here think? 10mg has done the trip this past year, but i would like to live without it and perhaps use intermittenly like i said, as and when needed.

thanks in advance.


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    This is not the way the drug works! - Amytripiline is used mostly for long term chronic pain or depression. A daily dose of 10mg is is far too low. For long term pain/depression it would normally be 50 or 100 mg daily. It should be stopped only on a doctor's advice.
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      thanks for taking time to return. my gp prescribed 10mg for pain relief which has worked a godsend for me. and my gp has said previously that I can use as and when. and in the past I have weaned myself on and off medication knowing myself at a slow and steady place. gp's have their place and sometimes their suggestions are ill advised.


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      In the UK Amitrip is no longer used for depression. In the old days (25-30years ago) it was one of the few antidepressants available but now there are drugs with less side effects. Some people can only tolerate a small dose for pain or sleep and the doctor will help the patient titrate the dose and the response. 
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