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I've been taking 25 mg of amitriptyline for about a year for chronic back pain - which didn't actually help as much as I hoped- and have decided to stop at the end of the year.Despite the fact that I had discussed this with my GP who gave me a lower dose of 10 mg, I have not been warned at all about any side effects and wasn't advised to come off it slowly so I decided to just stop my 10 mg tablets cold turkey whilst I was on holiday during the Xmas break. As the medicine made me sleepy I expected that it was going to be a problem for a few nights and might disturb my sleep, but I didn't think of any other possible side effects.
How naive I was!!!
Insomnia was only the beginning. I had severe nausea for a week- I thought I had food poisoning. Then I started to feel dizzy- I thought I pulled my neck. Then started to cry for no reason. And about 10 days ago, approx 3 weeks after I took my last 10 mg tablet, I started to have anxiety and last Friday I had a full blown panic attack and I ended up at A&E and was sure I was going to die. The worst experience ever in my life.
The anxiety and dizyness keep getting worse even a month after the last tablet. I have never ever had panic attacks before and at A&E they didn't know what was wrong with me neither. I kept thinking I was going to loose my mind and go crazy. It's been a very bad 1-2 weeks.
Had I known at the start that this drug is highly addictive and messes about your brain and mental well-being, I woudl have never started it on the 1st place. I hope you have been informed by your GP and at least you were able to make an informed decision.
I have no idea why my GP has never mentioned that this medication has very serious withdrawal symptoms and why I have not been given advice on stoping slowly.
I have no idea how long things will take to get back to my normal self again... it is very very scary.
Has anyone recovered safely from these terrible withdrawal symptoms? How long did it take to be back to normal?
Thanks for any advice and I hope you are doing well.
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