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Just been prescribed amitriptyline for migraines ...

(11 Posts)
RubySlippers Fri 10-Oct-08 10:00:22

Can anyone share their experiences?

i have always had migraines but they have recently increased in frequency

went back to the GP today and he has prescribed 10 mg of amitriptyline to see if this helps


J2O Fri 10-Oct-08 10:05:21

I was prescribed amitriptline for sleeping tablets a few years ago.
I veryrarely take one now if i need to, but it makes me feel very very dozy. I know its used for various things, have you tried them yet? are you supposed to take them every day or just when you feel one coming on?

J2O Fri 10-Oct-08 10:05:55

duh i can't even spell it ^amitriptyline ^

RubySlippers Fri 10-Oct-08 10:07:07

J20 = the GP has recommended i take them at night only and see what happens

drowsiness is a side effect that he mentioned

not taken any yet

i have maxalt wafers which i can take when i have an attack so i think the amitriptyline are <<hopefully>> preventative

gingerninja Fri 10-Oct-08 10:08:16

My DH takes them to prevent migraines too. Made him drowsy at first but now he's OK.

mosschops30 Fri 10-Oct-08 10:12:47

I had them for migraines, they are actaully used to treat chronic neuropathic pain.

They made me drowsy so I took them at night. They didnt do anything for me, they may also try you on propranolol or imigran.

Good luck, I feel your pain, really I do, I suffered for two years with the most horrendous headaches/migraines so I know how unbearable it is

RubySlippers Fri 10-Oct-08 10:14:35

thanks Ginger

Moss - migraines are the pits, sorry to hear the amitriptyline didn't help

how are you now?

J2O Fri 10-Oct-08 10:17:19

the only thing is, now, when i take them at night, i still feel rubbish in the morning, mind you, i did get used to them and kept upping my dose until i was tking 100mg a nightshock I had to wean myself off them.
hope they work for you

gingerninja Fri 10-Oct-08 10:17:25

proprananol made my DH like a zombie. Thankfully the side affects from the Amitrip don't seem as bad.

mosschops30 Fri 10-Oct-08 10:24:16

Im much better now, I ended up having a brain scan and they identified another problem which is tackled in another way. So now I dont take any tablets, well only paracetamol or brufen when I have a normal headache.

I really feel for you, I remember just having to come home from wherever I was, work, nights out, whatever. People dont realise how much it controls your life rather than it being 'just a headache'.

TMI alert **** the only thing that worked for me was rectal diclofenac which were amazing because when you have a migraine your stomach shuts down and this was the only way I could kill the pain.

I hope you get on well with the amitryptiline but I know its a long journey to find something that works for you smile

RubySlippers Fri 10-Oct-08 10:59:53

oh Moss - that is awful, but glad you are better

the GP mentioned that the next stage for me would be beta blockers

i will see how i get on

thanks all! smile

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