I have been on amitriptyline for 10+ years now. I am 31. I have always struggled with severe migraines growing up so at 20 they put me on amitriptyline - 2 x tablets a night. Straight away, worked wonders.
I started putting on a lot of weight and very quickly, but the doctors advised that it wasn't because of amitriptyline.
Then started to get acid reflux so they put me on omeprazole which I have now been on for 6 years. Caused me to gain a lot more weight and quickly. I then started having issues with sleeping and excessive snoring and stopping breathing when sleeping and excessive daytime tiredness. Diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea and sleep apnoea syndrome 18 months ago.
I am now currently going through fertility treatment and possible hypothyroidism and high prolactin levels.
After being on these tablets for 10+ years, I have now put on 13+ stone and I've been on diets for the last 6 years trying all sorts of diets, food, shakes, exercise etc.
After doing some research I have found that these symptoms are all side affects of amitriptyline. I have requested medication reviews from doctors, but they have said that I need it etc. I want to try and come off it but have read some stories about it.
Has anyone done it? If so, how? Any ideas, tips? Has any one had any similar issues as I've had? Have you come off the tablets and the side affects subsided?