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Done with amitriptyline, scared and in need of help.

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#1 Samuel Abaza

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:27 AM

I have been taking 50mg of amitriptyline at night to help me sleep and to sort of lessen my anxiety for 6 months. It worked for sleep up until a few days ago, and it stopped working for anxiety months ago. The side effects became horrendous: severe weight gain, lethargy, more recently high HR, mood swings, and general weakness + nasty anticholinergic effects (namely notable memory issues). So at this point, I am done with it, and I genuinely want to start a very healthy life-style. Things are getting better for me in terms of career, family and so on. I am ready to stop it. I want exercise, good habits, healthy eating to be my saving grace.



I am extremely terrified though-- borderline panic attack sort of thing. Will the withdrawal be nightmarish? Will I have extreme anxiety, become dysfunctional? I consulted a few friends who took from 50 to 100mg for more time than I did. All they experienced was insomnia, and they told me that SSRI/SNRI withdrawals were MUCH MUCH worse, and that amitriptyline is 'benign' in comparison. 


The national health system here guarantees that I can see a doctor, but not before a 4 month wait. Also, amitriptyline is OTC here, so I took it on my own. 


Any advice on how to taper? Should I expect a living nightmare? Is amitriptyline worse to withdraw from than SSRIs/SNRIs?


I am really terrified so much that I can't sleep, and I can't get an appointment with a private doctor. It is way out of financial budget.

#2 Samuel Abaza

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 07:30 PM

65 views and nothing? :( 

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#3 jaiho

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Posted Today, 12:42 AM

It's very individual, both withdrawals & response to meds.

If you're getting too many side effects, try something else. Have you tried all the SSRIS or SNRIs?

Withdrawal can be managed, dont worry about that for now. If you immediately swap to another medication most of the withdrawals will be minimal, depending on what you're switching to.



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