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Nervous about taking Amitriptyline for the first time

Jobod01
Jobod01

I’ve been prescribed Amitriptyline 10mg for severe nerve pain I’m really worried about taking them as I get very anxious taking new medication naproxen and co-codomol aren’t touching the pain any advise welcome

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It is a very common drug in a low dose ..what causes your severe pain ?

Jobod01
Jobod01
in reply to Sgoodwin70

I had a rotary cuff repair in November and in the current climate I’m working from home on a laptop for 10 hours a day pain is in my neck shoulder and radiating down my arm had a phone consultation with my GP Thursday and they prescribed me Amitriptyline 10 mg just concerned about taking it

Sgoodwin70
Sgoodwin70
in reply to Jobod01

It will work well just try it

Hi I was prescribed 10mg amitriptyline Nocte for extreme abdominal pain. I didn’t find helpful at all and I found gave chest pain but everyone is different. Have you been prescribed for nerve pain?

Jobod01
Jobod01
in reply to Jrp90

Yes for nerve pain

My son was prescribed amytriptlyne for nerve pain. He takes it in the evening before bed. It has worked very well for him. He did feel zoned out for a week, but after that he went back to normal, and he really does feel it if he misses a dose.

But everyone reacts differently to drugs. For every four people who take it only one person will benefit, so if it doesn't work for you, tell your GP. And give it a week to 10 days to work, it isn't like a painkiller that works within 20 minutes, it has to build up.

Thank you for your reply i get really worked up when I have to take something I’ve never had before

Coralpink
Coralpink
in reply to Jobod01

Tbh 10mg is a low dose so you may not feel much benefit.

I was given amytriptylene 10mg a while back, didn't get on with it at all, gave me a good night's sleep, but terrible chest pains in the morning, so bad I felt I might die. I am on 250mg naproxen twice a day now but rarely take the second one. My nerve pain comes from a cervical spine stenosis around C6-C7

I was prescribed it at the start of all my “fun” but it made my nerve pain worse and was switched to dihydrocodeine as naproxen and cocodamol did not help. After my first op I was switched to gabapentin and then to pregabalin which does help. After my 4th and hopefully last op in January dihydrocodeine was added again. (nerve pain is from damaged nerve down my leg). It’s usually hit and miss finding the right meds for nerve pain but hope you are fine with the amitriptyline.

Thanks for the reply I got a grip of myself last night and took it I did sleep but woken up today really groggy and I’m more pain I think I’m going to have to call the GP again tomorrow as it’s driving me mad

Coralpink
Coralpink
in reply to Jobod01

Ask if you can take 2x10mg during the evening.

Hi

I think you may need to give it a few days to work before deciding it is not for you. To stop the groggy feeling take it a couple of hours or so before bedtime. It may give you a dry mouth too so be aware of that. You are on a low dose so should not suffer serious side effects. Your GP may say it is too early to give up on just one experience, perhaps see how you get on first.

It has worked wonders for me and it has definitely improved my sleep and waking up in pain in the early morning.

Everyone is different and it often takes trial and error to find the right medication.

I wish you luck in whatever you decide.

Thanks so much for your response I took it at 7 last night and fell asleep about 10 but didn’t wake up till 9.30 which is really unusual for me I have a really fast passed high pressured job so just really concerned about tomorrow especially how I felt this morning may need to take a bit of time of work to try and get this sorted

I was takin 300 mg and really didn’t effect me in any bad way 10 mg should be fine

Thanks for your comment

I too has been taking amitriptyline for a long time, and I would not be with out these tablets. They make you sleep so well. And especially for nerve pain , I have never looked back.hope you find some relief from pain.

10mg is a lower dose, you most likely won’t feel anything too negative. If it makes you very tired + that doesn’t subside after a few weeks you could try nortriptyline w. is often experience to be less tiring. Good luck!

You could try cutting one in half with some small scissors or a pill cutter , tricky but take the bigger half and try that at your preferred time.

Hi. Amitriptyline is something that I found amazing with my pain and relaxed me a lot. It is also an anti deppresant but only at 75 mg or higher. I am on the max dose of 200mg at night.

Now my body is used to them they help now with other meds to help my bipolar too.

I hope you can try this because of this I can moving as best you can.

See how it goes, just make sure you can empty diary (which most people are doing anyway) and see how it goes.

Try and go into it a fair try and think positively otherwise you may talk yourself out.of using it.

Wish you well. X

Jobod01
Jobod01
in reply to Fenric71

Thanks for the response I think I need some time off work I’m an area manger for a private health care company so my diary is more manic than ever in this current climate I’ve spoke to the GP today and they have advised 10 mg twice a day but again I’m worried of the effects I’m sure I will get there

Fenric71
Fenric71
in reply to Jobod01

Don't panic... perhaps ask the doctor for a night one to see as it goes. It can make you sleepy so not sure why a GP would say one in the morning.... ask for a night time one and go from there?

Did a psych Dr give it too you or GP?

Jobod01
Jobod01
in reply to Queeniz

GP for nerve pain

Please don't worry about it. I have taken amitriptyline most of my life and not only helps with nerve pain but it's good for your sleep too. I used to take 100 mg and I'm now on 75 mg. Good luck with it.

Nortriptyline is a good alternative. I find it works better for me. Take care and good luck.

Yea, I think Amitriptyline in a small dose isn't brilliant to quell your pain even when mixed with the other two you take. For pain on the severer side is when a more stronger analgesic comes into play; but again, it's totally up to your doctor. There is a step system they go thru' dictated by 'their' bosses, so if this pill does not work, lets try a stronger one. I have reached the limit, so now, I'm nearly pain free, and, I'm only 75.

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