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Amitriptyline

Hi I have been taking amit for about eight months but I heard recently that it can make tinnitus worse and put on weight. Anyone have any thoughts on this please...

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I've been on amitriptyline for about 15 years and it's definitely been a factor in increasing severity of my T. I've had it so long that, perversely, it's almost an old "friend." Drives me nuts sometimes as well.

As for weight problem I had some but think that was more due to laziness than the drug. I keep to a particular diet and get plenty of exercise and I'm able to maintain a weight within my optimum body mass index zone.

All the best ...

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Thank you for reply. I did not take a amit for one night but had to go back on it the next because I was getting upset about T . So don't know what to do .take care

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I have found a book ototoxic drugs exposed by neil g bauman , this lists all drugs and gives a rating on their impact on hearing - under amitriptyline it is reported by Canadian and States based references as having T as a side effect .

It is likely that this would not be listed as side effect in UK but I do not have access to that .

I have found it worthwhile getting the publication , it needs to be used with caution but does provide some interesting information .

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Thank you I will look into this .

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Hi I looked this book up on Amazon but it was £90 pound . Is this the one .

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I'm one of those who read the lengthy info leaflets in boxes of pills. Listed as a possible side effect of taking amit is "ringing in the ears."

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My reply won't help at all .... as I have chickened out of the 10mg dose of Amitryptilene which the GP prescribed saying it would help my tinnitus. I think it does make it more intrusive, which is perverse as it is supposed to calm the brain. I wish tinnitus wasn't so demoralising.

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Thank you for reply. I know I have been taking it for a few months for pulsatile tinnitus but I now have ringing in both ears amitriptyline could be responsible but I need it to help me cope . Such a horrible thing take care .

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This question comes up often ... amitriptyline can aggravate tinnitus at the dose prescribed for depression/anxiety etc - which starts at 50mg and goes up to around 150mg.

HOWEVER amitriptyline has been shown to be HELPFUL for tinnitus at doses around 10-20mg, so it is something to consider. If you have any concerns, though, do talk them over with your doctor.

Warmest wishes

Nic (BTA Communications Manager and Forum Administrator)

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That's very interesting. My GP has prescribed this for me, but I'm holding fire at the moment. If a drug worsens tinnitus, do things return to normal after you stop taking them? I know a lot of medication lists t as a side effect, but only a small number of people reporting it means it has to be listed. The t starting could be a coincidence. I guess it's a bit trial and error and I know we sometimes look for something to blame when t becomes a problem.

Let's hope a drug is found to help us soon 😀

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Hi Buddie123 - yes, usually side effects stop when you stop taking the problematic medication, or shortly afterwards when the substance has worked its way through your system.

Nic

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Thank you Nic your post is very helpful I only take 10mg . It does help so I will continue to take it . Best wishes

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I was taking Amitriptyline 10mg as I was diagnosed with vestibular acephalic migraines by a Neurologist. It really helped with the migraines and I didn't noticed any effect on the tinnitus (loud and constant on one side), nor on weight. Just a bit lazier than usual.

Now I stopped taking it, migraines haven't come back and I hope it stays like this.

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Thank you for reply. Glad you are feeling better. I will continue with Amitriptyline as it does help me cope . I will have to stop eating crisps lol take care.

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I've been taking Amitrip for the last year, 10mg a time or sometimes 20mg if I've had a bad day. Haven't noticed any impact on my weight at all and it's difficult to gauge any impact on Mr T. It's a variable beast anyway, so sometimes it louder, sometimes it quieter, but there's no way of determining whether that's caused by the medication or not. Like lots of things with tinnitus, the medical community just seem to guess and then leave you to it.

Loads of medications list T as a possible side effect, but they have to list every possible side effect to cover their backs, even if it's a miniscule incidence of problems.

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Thank you for reply I know it's all hit and miss. Take care

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Hi . I have been taking a low does for many years and it helped in my habituation. Low does of 20 mg though a I believe it’s helping in the habituation of me lastest tinnitus.. slowly

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Thank you Dean pleased you are getting results ..I will persevere.

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I was on amitriptlyline for about 6 years, varying from 10mg to 50mg per day depending on where I was at with my tinnitus. I hated the side effects of the dry mouth and lethargy, particularly on a morning. A consultant put me on citalopram instead and I've never looked back. Worth a try. Hope this helps.

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Thank you for reply.

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