Have you taken Amitriptyline?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by valleyann, May 20, 2006.

  1. valleyann

    valleyann New Member


    My family doc just perscribed me Amitriptyline to help me sleep. I was reading the information package the pharmasist gave me on it and it looks like it covers a very large amount of problems, including depression. So I'm curious if you have taken this have you had any negative side affects? I just don't want to start pumping my body full of perscription drugs to fix one thing but cause a whole new problem to arise...


  2. place

    place New Member

    I take nortriptyline, same thing. Has really made difference in me. I think I am getting better sleep and my pain has been reduced. Not only that but I am less moody (except for today, I really don't know what wrong with me =(
  3. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    is the hangover and grogginess you get when first starting it. If you can get past that, then it can be very helpful in reducing morning stiffness, overall pain, and in promoting better sleep at night. The hangover can last for weeks as you adjust. Make sure they start you on the tiniest dose. If you start w/ too much, you won't be able to get up in the morning, at all.


  4. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    I started out on Amy, and it was much better. I adjusted to the morning grogginess quickly and it worked well, w/ no hangover. But after awhile, I developed a sensitivity to it, and lost my appetite, big time. That's a really common side effect I develop to lots of drugs over time though.

    So they put me on Nortryptaline, and it never worked as well. I stayed groggy in the morning, but tolerable for the benefit. I never did lose my appetitite, but after a few yrs it stopped working, and I was still left more groggy, not worth it anymore.

    It's kind of common w/ these tricyclics that FMers get a few good yrs from them, and then they wear off.

  5. Empower

    Empower New Member

    The problems I had with it is grogginess (Could NOT get out of bed), weight gain (about 20 lbs) dry mouth and severe constipation

    Remember, everyone is different

    I took 1/4 of a tablet at night
  6. Fudge43

    Fudge43 New Member

    Valleyann .. I didn't know how much of a positive impact it had on my condition until this idiot rheumy wanted me to come way down in dosage .. at the time I was on 100 mgs at bedtime .. well in a matter of three weeks I was down to 25 mgs and the pain increase, with stiffness was subtantial .. in fact overwhelming .. my GP was VERY leery about his plan as well .. needless to say I went back to 75 mgs and did NOT go back to him .. my GP is doing a fine job with me and together I'm managing as well as I think I can.
    Everyone is different and reacts differently to meds .. but have an open mind and try it .. it takes time but in my case it is a sanity saver !
    Good Luck !
  7. mainerose

    mainerose New Member

    taken it. it did not help me. i am on lunesta now as the other things did not help. AMITRIPTYLINE is a multi purpose medication,you have allready found out, if you are worried about the medicattion i have a idea. keep notes of anything you notice while taking this medication that is out of normal. like dry mouth head ach etc.
  8. Razzle51

    Razzle51 New Member

    some people it works some it doesnt . It is a weight gainer so beware . <img src="http://scosoft.com/h/r/774075bb.gif">
  9. gga

    gga New Member

    I am so chemically sensitive that I tried Amy for sleep and had horrible palpitations and dry mouth. It did not put me to sleep instead gave me more anxiety. We are each different. Anything is worth trying I suppose.
  10. mykas_mommy

    mykas_mommy New Member

    I take ami at night along with neurotin. And I tell you I sleep like a rock. I take effexor during the day and if I dont take my night time meds my mind spins a lot and I dont sleep. Now if I could just stand my cpap machine at night, life would be good and my Dr would be so proud.

    Good luck
  11. Tigger57

    Tigger57 New Member

    I take 100mg of it before bed and without it I would never sleep. I've had sleeping problems since I was a child.

    I tried a bunch of other things, but this seems to work the best.

  12. suzette1954

    suzette1954 New Member

    I take nortriptyline and have for several yrs. It does help me sleep when the pain is not overpowering. It is supposed to give you a deeper sleep so your body can heal.

  13. jenni4736

    jenni4736 New Member

    Hey valley, it's jenni

    I took " I'M A TRIP T ALINE" for about 4 months. It wasn't for me. I could not wake up in the mornings. I was told I could take 1-4 each night. I was cutting 1 in half..and I still felt drunk in the morning. After a while I had to stop. It has help lots of people and it may work for you.

    I do believe getting the sleep issues down are a HUGE part of getting better with this DD. If this one doesn't work, don't get turned off too quick. I am taking Cymbalta and it has been GREAT! It helps me sleep, helps the mood, and overall well being too.

    I have had much better results with this... without the side effects I was having with some others.

    If this one doesn't work try another. The sleep thing is a major part of healing and well being. Don't give up if this one isn't "the one" for you. There are lots out there, and you will find one that works FOR YOU.

    None of these are likely to cause anything more than morning grogginess or dry mouth. I was NEVER good about taking meds eith. I hated taking stuff... but i have realized it IS necessary to improve my overall health.

    Good luck,jenni
  14. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    so far klonopin is working the best for me...

    i spoke with my psychiatrist the other day in person...he said i have such bad reactiosn to meds... he said let's see what happens wi/klonopin...

    i am not as bad...but i could be better...

  15. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    i take it at night for sleep and do well with it. have always had probs getting up so dont notice any different. the bags under my eyes are the same as if i had been up and down all night which is what happens if i dont take it.

    it relaxes my muscles so i can get to sleep and more importantly i stay asleep.

    hope it can help you x
  16. fibrohugslife

    fibrohugslife New Member

    That was one of the first medications my idiot former doctor prescribed to me (he thought I was just depressed, uuuh no), and so I took one of those, and could not get out of bed the next day. I have never been drunk from alcohol, BUT the Amiltryp, made me trippy and tipsy.

    I still woke up several times in the middle of the night.
    So I did not sleep well.

    It took me about 2-3 days to shake off that one dose and I did not sleep well either. Plus it made me gain weight, I was hungry all of the time.

    When I was working, I really did not remember much of what I did on the job but I do know a few days later my supervisors were coming back to me letting me know of AAAAALLLLL the mistakes I made. So unfortunately that one did not work for me.

    I am hoping that I will be able to try the Klonopin, if I can find a doctor to prescribe it to me.

    [This Message was Edited on 05/21/2006]
  17. valleyann

    valleyann New Member


    Thank you all for your responses! I really appreciate it. If gives me a general idea of how it has or has not worked for people.

    I'm going to start taking it tonight or tomorrow. Luckily I'm still on my holidays so it wont affect work or school if I have a bad reaction to it.

    Thanks again!

  18. lucy1953

    lucy1953 New Member

    When I was first diagnosed with FMS 10 years ago the Dr. prescribed this but I only took it for a few days. It was very scary for me waking up in the morning still out of it after 12 hours of sleeping. My legs twitched and I felt like I was groggy for hours after. I still work so this is not really the drug for me. Ask your Dr. about Zopiclone. I take 7.5 mg. at bedtime and have a good 8 hours sleep with no after effects. Also, if you smoke you could be waking up for a nicotine jolt. I have quit for 15 months and have never slept better.
  19. Jordane

    Jordane New Member

    Have been taking it since last summer.

    It was given to me to boost my pain pills.Works for that.

    But it is sure a weight gainer..Still trying to rid the extra lbs.

    Good luck!!
  20. browneyelady48

    browneyelady48 New Member

    I have to say when I tried it, it did seem to help some with the pain and sleeping.

    But the drawback was the really bad weight gain. And it came on fast and big time, so I had to stop.

    I wish I could take it. Good luck


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