Amitriptyline

Hiya.

Are you asking if anyone is on Amitriptyline for depression?

If so, I am. This is the second time I've been on Amitriptyline. I find it very good and I hardly get any side effects apart from the drowsy feeling in the morning on initiation of treatment. That seems to continue if I up my dose.

The usual dose for depression is 75-150mg per day, either is divided doses or a single dose at bedtime - although I take mine at about 7pm.

It is a useful medicine as it is used for many other things too, like migraine prevention, anxiety and chronic pain control.

Some GPS can be reluctant to prescribe as it is an 'older' type of antidepressant. But I made an informed decision and decided I wanted to try it as my sleeping was awful at the time when my twins were about 12 months old. I had severe exhaustion and post natal depression. GP listened to my reasons and somewhat reluctantly prescribed it. I am glad she did as I have tried 3 SSRIs and venlafaxine and I find Amitriptyline works for me.

It is not right for everyone, pre-existing health conditions esp to do with the heart is usually not recommended for Amitriptyline.

I have read a lot about it and it is as efficacious as other antidepressants and sometimes gets better results but like I said as it's 'old' and less favourable side effect profile it's not widely prescribed anymore.

But I love it, it works for me.

Much love ❤️

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  • Hi, Im on amitryptiline too. I take a small dose every day, around 10-20mg depending on how I feel. I dont get any side effects other than the 'groggy' feeling in the mornings. I take my tablet around 8pm and go to bed around 10.30pm. It helps me sleep and keeps me calm. I have fibromyalgia which gives me depression and anxiety. The meds. also are a mild pain relief as I have pains in my joints at times.

    Take care.

  • Hi there,

    Please add it to the list if you wish to, see example I original post, many thanks

    Chloe

  • Hi Chloe,

    I tried but not sure if it worked.

    Where is the button I have to press? Sorry for being stupid.

  • No problem Clazzy78

    Start a new post and add

    Amitriptyline - Depression

    Then scroll down the page and you'll see (just below the box you have typed in) add Pic and add Topic. Click Topic and you'll see Medication/Therapy, click on that and then post :-)

    Chloe

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