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Amytriptyline withdrawal

  • By lana2302

    I finally saw a Neurologist last week and was told I wasn’t a hemiplegic migraine sufferer(was told this 6yrs ago) and that I have Chronic migraine.

    I’ve been told to wean myself off amitriptyline to go onto an alternate medication but I’m finding this difficult. Has anyone else ever had to come off Amitriptyline and if so how long did it take for the side effects to disappear.

    I’ve gone from 20mg to 10mg in a week and I’m feeling emotional, drowsy, my head is cloudy, I’m in slight head pain and I don’t know how I’m going to get through work this week.

    I’m not sure whether to just stop taking the 10mg in a few days or half the tablets and go to 5mg or even miss a day in between doses.

    Has anyone else been in this situation? Is how I’m feeling normal?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi lana2302,

    I’m sorry you are having a difficult time coming off this medication. I took amitriptyline over 20 years ago, and can’t recall whether I had a hard time coming off it or not :(. You may want to give the doctor a call tomorrow and let him know how awful you are feeling. You may need a slower taper schedule.

    Please let me know how you make out,
    Nancy

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