Use of Amitriptyline 10 mg for sleep, any advice?

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?I am 56. Have been suffering with IBS for a while and my doctor has now prescribed 10mg Amitriptyline to help me sleep. I am always wary of taking drugs, but I am willing to take these if they will help me cope with this ongoing problem, (pain, shakes, tiredness). I am very interested to hear of your experiences and any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    I take 10 mg nightly. I am currently off of it as I am taking muscle relaxer for back injury and you can't take both. I have always been a terrible sleeper and I will tell you at just 10mg my sleep really improved.It puts me into a deeper sleep. give it some time

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    Hi Karen, I took Ami for several years..also at 10 mg at night for all over nerve pain from AS....Then it was banned here in Indonesia so I had to go cold turkey and stop worked well for me apart from a few side affects...but WOW coming of it...has been a nightmare...I would never take it again....the withdrawal was so bad and it still affects me 4 months later....
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    Everyones reactions are different. I stopped my 10 mg cold turkey and the only thing I noticed is I wasn't sleeping as well

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    Hi Karen i took amitriptyline for  one year then took another 11 months to get off 10 mg. Yes it made me sleep really well  easily 12 hours, i took it for nerve pain. The problem with it is it stopped working at 10 mg so i increased to 20 mg then again increased to 30 mg which, made me too groggy the next day so reduced back down. Then like i said took 11 months to get off the drug as this was horrendous and like Gloria 2 months later even after a very slow taper i still get some side effects. I never had IBS before amitripltyline but the withdrawal type symptoms seem to mimic IBS  for me, i have had awful abdominal cramps, nausea diarrohea , constipation and many more. I will never go on this drug again  but, some people swear by it, we are all different and i know others who take it for IBS. x 
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    I took it for 6 months at 10mg, then 25mg then up to 50mg as a migraine preventative.

    I also have anxiety problem so not sleep is something I am use to.

    Amitriptyline was brilliant, at 10mg it put me into a deep sleep and I woke up feeling more refreshed than I had in years. Only side effects I got was a dry mouth.

    I couldn't stand 25mg though, I was to sedated and couldn't shake the tiredness all day and at 50mg it was insane, body shakes, tremours, nausea, sweats. Went back to 10mg and was fine for 6 months.

    It also helped my TMJ as I grind my teeth in sleep, it was nice waking up headache feel for once.

    I stopped taking them though as after a few months I became very flat and just uninterested in things on them. Side effects started showing with longer term use.

    Withdrawals are fine if you taper slowly. I didn't and went cold turkey. That was hell.

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