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Amitriptyline...anyone been on it, or still taking it?

(9 Posts)
CheeryCherry Mon 15-Jun-09 21:27:02

Have been given this to help with mild depression (had PND once upon a time...that was not mild) and severe tension headaches.
Am only on 20mg at the moment but it is knocking me out, can hardly open my eyes on a morning.
Am taking them about 6.00 at night now so I can get out of bed in the morning...does this feeling wear off, or get worse as the dose increases? Feel shattered on them.
On the up side, I havent had a bad head since and I am only on week 4!
Going to bed soon so sorry if I don't reply til tommorrow.

oneforward20back Mon 15-Jun-09 21:30:00

It does get better but it takes time. i had a lower dose for severe migranes 5mg/ml, my side effect was a good nights sleep and a more even mood. Try speaking to doc in another month if it doesn't settle (might be possible to have a fractionally lower dose but depends on your situation)

theDreadPirateRoberts Mon 15-Jun-09 21:31:26

It's been about 20 years... but the 'clubbed over the head' feeling will wear off a bit - not completely. Also remember severely dry mouth. However, no after-effects/withdrawal iirc, so I'd prob choose them over one of the 5HTs now.

All only an opinion/fallible memory, obviously. Good that they're working on the headaches - you must be feeling brighter just for that?!

CheeryCherry Mon 15-Jun-09 21:38:16

Yes theDPR feel mass relief about the headache situation - and impressed it stopped them so quickly. I have the dry mouth too, but am drinking more which helps, and is not such a bad thing.
Have appt with Dr next week for check up.
Was told some folk take up to 100mg...they must never get out of bed!

oneforward20back Mon 15-Jun-09 22:44:59

I think different levels affect different people differently. I felt the way you do even with my low dose.

feedthegoat Mon 15-Jun-09 22:51:43

I took a low dose for 4 months to treat migraines and that feeling didn't wear off for me. I was utterly exhausted for the whole 4 months and unfortunately they didn't help with the headaches either.

I've been taking 10mg for a ad back and am very wiped out with it. But I only take it every now and then when back is bad. GP told me if I took it every day then side effects would lessen but I couldn't function/work/get DD to school.

CheeryCherry Tue 16-Jun-09 21:23:01

So, has anyone been on this long enough for sleepiness to wear off?

DidEinsteinsMum Wed 17-Jun-09 00:07:14

It did for me but it took about 6mths but other issues (such as ds' sleep condition) probably didn't help the situation.

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