If you are someone who finds amitripyline helpful and are happy to stay on it indefinitely please do not be alarmed by this post but I just wanted people to know that - despite what doctors say - it can be extremely difficult to come off it.
I have been taking it for about 20 years for various things including IBS and have spent the last few months trying to stop. I cut down the dose very slowly but withdrawal triggered constant headaches and severe insomnia. I got down to 2.5mg but have now had to go back to 20 mg and am also having to take sleeping tablets to try to re-establish a normal sleeping pattern.
I have now discovered that 2 of my friends had the same problems. Doctors will tell you it is not addictive and you can easily stop - but not everybody can.
I don`t know where I go from here. I don`t want to be on it for the rest of my life but cannot face going through this again.