Try to cut down on Amitriptyline without any success

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I have been on Amitriptyline for 2 years. I am currently on 25mg to help with IBS. I want to try and cut down because it has made me put on so much weight. I have put on a stone in weight since I have been on them.

They are making me feel so depressed because of the weight gain.

I have tried cutting down from 25mg to 20mg. I can't believe such a small amount could have so many side effects. It's only a 5mg drop. But I felt really anxious and nervous, and I couldn't sleep. I couldn't cope so I gave up after a week and went back to 25mg.

My doctor's are absolutely useless they don't care one bit. And it's impossible to get an appointment to see a doctor.

I feel so alone and just need help coming off these evil tablets they are completely ruining my life. I absolutely hate being on them

How did anyone cut down and what is the best way to go about it. If takes a year to slowly come off these tablets. I don't care I just want to come off them

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    You need to shave 10 percent off your current dose for at least 4 weeks.  Don't feel that this is far too long

    Amitriptyline and mirtazapine are tricyclic antidepressants.  They will need a slow taper.

     

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    You should try taking 22.5 mg which is a 10 percent cut of your original dose.  I bought a quality pill cutter to cut pills down.  The slower the taper the better
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    Hi Willow,

    Hopefully I can give you strength and belief.  Was on amitriptyline for 20 years and was taking between 150-25g so if I can do it then so can you!

    Hardest thing I ever did but it’s possible. 

    Have you tried CBD oil, mindfulness, meditation etc to help you wean yourself off these horrid pills? Need to give yourself as many tools as possible to focus your attention away. 

    Good luck 

    Ed

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    I was on 20mg and reduced it slowly to 15 then 10.  I am now shaving a bit off the 10mg tab with a sharp knife.  But you need to do the reductions slowly.  I was doing a week at a time for each reduction
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    Hi Willow18, I understand your frustration 100%. I have been taking this stuff for almost 3 years and have packed on the weight!! I can happily say I'm way down on dose, my Dr. Had me all the way up to 200mg a day!! I havent ever known anyone to be on that high of a dose. I did some research and weaned myself down a little at a time and really only had problems going from 200mg to 175. I currently am down ro 75mg a day and no longer crave sweets like mad lol Cannot wait to be off it completely!! I wish Drs told you when they put you on certain meds that you cant just stop taking it when you want!! Dont like not being able to do what I want as far as MY health is concerned.

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    If you are sensitive to this med which it sounds like you are. I would taper by 10% of your current dose every 3 to 4 weeks. Hopefully it will minimize the withdrawals symptoms. There is a great forum discussion on this started by Amanda. There is a ton of info there to help you😀

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. You have helped alot with your advice
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    Hey Willow

    I have successfully taped off 25mg of Ami over 2 years I had an extremely hard time as well plus drs would not listen and negated everything I said, apparently none of what I was going through was withdrawal. Haha well I have proved them wrong been off for nearly 6 months still not 100% and have lots of issues but with the help of good diet and exercise I am slowly regaining my health. As Tiffany (further down the page mentions) find the forum for Amitriptyline Withdrawal started by Amanda, there is lots of great information there as it started with a couple of us about a year ago and with all the support we gave each other we are all off this drug, and we all still go back and read and support others that post there, I think it is up to 690 post now, but give it a read you will pick up some great pointers. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    Take care xxxx

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    Hey Willow

    I have successfully taped off 25mg of Ami over 2 years I had an extremely hard time as well plus drs would not listen and negated everything I said, apparently none of what I was going through was withdrawal. Haha well I have proved them wrong been off for nearly 6 months still not 100% and have lots of issues but with the help of good diet and exercise I am slowly regaining my health. As Tiffany (further down the page mentions) find the forum for Amitriptyline Withdrawal started by Amanda, there is lots of great information there as it started with a couple of us about a year ago and with all the support we gave each other we are all off this drug, and we all still go back and read and support others that post there, I think it is up to 690 post now, but give it a read you will pick up some great pointers. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    Take care xxxx

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    Hi, I have been on Amitriptyline for many years now and have never linked it to my weight gain. You have just given me that link Willow, I thank you for that and can work on it. I understand how difficult it has been for you to taper your dosage but it is a relatively small dose that you are on. I know that others will disagree with that, but I am currently on 150mg a night, you need to very slowly decrease the amount you are taking. Halve the tablet, then quarter it, take the 3 quarters and a tiny bite from the remaining quarter, do this for about a week. The next week you are going to do the same , but do not take a nibble from the remaining quarter, the next week you are going to take 2 quarters and a tiny bite from the 3rd quarter. Do you see the pattern there? You have to be determined and not give in, after all, are you really going to allow this tiny pill run, and ruin your life, define who you as a person? Say No and get your life back

    Your Doctor may be able to give you something to run concurrently with your withdrawal  Xx

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    What are the best and most accurate scales to buy. What scales does everyone use
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      Hey Willow

      I didn't use scales I just used a syringe and crushed the pill place in 100ml of water and took out 1mg every day for 100 days and your off, if you want to do it quicker do 50ml of water and your off in 50 days, its slow but fairly even and steady as you go down, plus if you get any nasty withdrawals you can stay at that dose for a couple of days. I just right out a chart and tick it off every day so I know where I am with doses.

      when using scales most use Gemini jeweller scales 

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      Did you have any withdrawal symptoms doing it that way.

      Also did it taste okay. Nothing worse than drinking bitter water 😀 lol

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      Hey Willow

      Tasted okay, one gulp and it's down anyway plus it's easy. Some get withdrawals some don't depends how sensitive you are to meds really. On Amanda's forum quite a few have done it this way and apart from minor effects when off the ami it was doable. It is a much smoother ride down IMO.

      You may still experience bouts of being down, crying emotions all over the place, and a myriad of other effects, which you would still experienced whichever way you taper. This way is more gradual. 

      All withdrawals for me were and still are doable. 

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