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Medications & Prescription Treatment

Change from Amitryplitine to Nortryptiline?

  • By nicolajane

    I’ve just had a medication review from a new doctor as mine is currently off. He’s changed my 50mg Amitrypiline which was holding my migraines at bay but making me drowsy, for Nortryptiline.
    I’m really worried I end up back to 3 days of agonising pain where I can’t even drink water or get out of bed.
    Anyone changed from one to the other and would like to share their experiences?

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi nicolajane,

    I’m so sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you. Thank you for your patience. Let’s what information I can give you that may be helpful.

    I took amitriptyline many, many years ago but didn’t get much migraine relief, although I slept like a log! I don’t have any experience with nortryptiline but can tell you these medications are similar.

    What time were you taking amitryptiline? Maybe moving it closer to bedtime would be helpful.

    Let me know how you make out,