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doofddoof Posts: 131
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Sleep Problems
I can get to sleep really quickly but usually wake up about 3 or 4 hours later and toss and turn for the rest of the night.

My doctor has prescribed me Amitriptaline, I've taken it for the last couple of nights and it works a treat. I do wake up but manage to get straight back to sleep. I do feel pretty smashed for the first part of the following day but I think that might be down to catching up on weeks of sleepless nights.

I've also finally taken notice of what everyone has been telling me 'take some time off work'!

Is anyone else taking this? It also doubles up to help with the nerve pain, the first half of my day is pretty pain free but I don't think I'm brave enough to take it during the day .......... I'd be in a heap on the floor of the supermarket (again)!



  • I took it for migraines and had to stop. Honestly, it made me suicidal. I couldn't be like that. I had little kids back then. My daughter's doctor prescribed it for her and I refused to even let her get it filled. I'm glad that you are only taking it at night and for sleep only.
  • Is this the same as Endep (Amitriptyline)?

    If so I'm taking this also only as a 25mg before sleep. It is working for me mostly but I still feel the haziness the next morning after 3 weeks of it. Also I don't know if it's due to having low tolerance but for the first few nights it would really knock me around for 20 minutes before putting me to sleep. It gave me a very floaty feeling in my limbs and strange hearing etc. The TRIP part in the name was taking on a literal meaning. That has since eased and doesn't really happen now but it still puts me out in about 20 minutes.
    One bad thing I've found is if I wake up 2 or 3 hours later and can't actually continue sleeping due to pain. I end up feeling really weighed down, really drowsy but not enough to actually continue sleep which is sort of stressful on my body (for lack of a better description). That's only happened a couple of times though and I've mostly been getting at least 6 hours of slumber out of it, often a bit more.
    I couldn't even imagine taking it during the day, I don't think I could function. It's strange because from what I've read when prescribed as an anti-depressant the dosage is 4 times as high and I imagine you'd need to be taking that 24/7. I'd be a walking (probably more like crawling) zombie doing that I think.

    Can I ask do you eat directly prior to taking this? My sleep pattern at the moment has me going to sleep fairly late and I'm finding it difficult to eat at that time, lack of appetite.
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  • Becoming suicidal was only one side effect that I experienced and that was after taking it 3 times a day for about a month. I found that it like many other drugs you just get used to. The knocking me out at night lasted about a week. After that if I got through the first 30 minutes without falling asleep I would lay there and stare at the ceiling. And I quit eating almost completely. It just totally zapped my appetite which wasn't good considering I already weigh less than 100 pounds.
  • Sandra, good seeing you around here still, but sorry it is because you are still having problems.

    I have taken amitryptaline for years. It was first prescribed to help with bladder issues, strangely enough. I was taking 25 mg per night, and realy didn't have any side effects whatsoever with it. Eventually we moved on to other medications for the bladder and stopped the amitryptaline, but what I found was that amitryptaline helped spasming, even if it didn't do much for the bladder issues. when the hard spasms increased I started the amitryptaline up again. They bumped me up to 50 mg because it is supposed to help with nerve pain too. Oh how I wish it would make me sleep, but must work different on everyone. Wonder what other symptoms this med is prescribed for?

    Let's catch up in chat sometime. I miss you.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • This med (elavil-brand name) was originally prescribed for depression and then other uses were later discovered i.e. nerve pain and sleep help. I take 100 mg per day, taking it only at night. Doesn't really help with sleep but for me it helps with the sciatica and other nerve pain. I am also diabetic so nerve pain is a big issue with me. Give it a month. If it doesn't help talk to your doctor. The are alot of other sleep meds out there that may work better and won't have the negative side effects, like suicidal thoughts.Good Luck.
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  • I had no idea that some people felt suicidal on this, strange as it was prescribed in the 'olden' days for depression!!

    I'm only on a low dose at the moment which I take in the evening. I must admit that I do feel a bit spaced out the next morning. I'm due to go back to work tomorrow - that will be intersting because I haven't been able to get out of bed before 9am on this stuff and I have to be up about 6am to get to work!!!! Yes, yes Mrs P I know, I know, take some more time off ........

    Cindy, I will be back in chat before you know it - see you soon, hope you are well


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