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I've been on amit for 20+ years - 25mg. I started one summer with absolutely terrible disassociation, almost non-functional. Psych started me on elavil 25 mg. About a week later, gyn tested my hormone level and said it was terrible, so stated me on hormones - but never mentioned coming off amit. So I continued both for years - finally tapering and going off hormones, but just kept on with the elavil because I had no side effects and did not want to take a chance on how I felt when first starting. It also really helped my ibs although that is not why it was prescribed. Fast forward to now, and i decided I needed to go off amit. Read all these forums which really scared me, but went down about 5 mg. (cut in half, then cut one of the halves in half). That was a week ago, and the next morning I woke up with a terrible headache and nausea. Felt bad all day. Thas has continued on and off for a week with my intestinal problems getting worse - very bloated and loose bowels. I've also lost about 3 lbs (don't want to lose anymore as I am on the thin side) and don't have the craving appetite. It just seems from reading on this forum, that this was awfully quick to experience these symptoms - don't know how I'll ever get down much further. Also have started having trouble falling asleep and waking early. I do take a very small dose of ambien which I have done on and off for a long time. This helps. All this to ask, is it unusual to have these symptoms this early in the tapering, and will it just get worse and worse as I try to go down further. Since I had no side effects when on it, wondering if I should just stay on it indefinitely (I'm 73 yrs. old).
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