23 Jul 2010
I've been on amitriptyline for years with NO weight gain & NO side effects. I had been taking the generic made by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for years & never gained an ounce and had NO side effects for years. Then the mail order pharmacy sent me a generic made by Sandoz Inc. I gained TONS of weight in less than 4 months and I had nearly every side effect on the list! But I didn't know they were side effects. I thought I was sick. I went to many Doctors because in addition to the weight gain, I felt very, very sick. I thought I must have had a stomach tumor as I was so swelled up and in so much pain (even had an ultrasound.) Then, I had to take meds for vertigo (severe unexplained dizziness,) and meds for severe reflux (heartburn.) I even went to the eye doctor for blurred vision and got steroid eye drops! I had tons of costly tests. Finally, I figured it out myself. All of my problems were identical to the side effects of amitriptyline. It was not a coincidence.
Guess what? Nothing was wrong with me! Specifically, it was the amitriptyline made by Sandoz Inc because the problems all began when I started taking the Sandoz Inc generic and they all went away when I switched back to the Qualitest Pharmaceuticals generic. About 2 wks ago, I stopped the Sandoz Inc. generic and went back to the Qualitest Pharmaceuticals generic. I've already lost 7 lbs and all of my problems have disappeared. I don't need any of the other medication (which was treating my side effects.) ALL GENERICS AREN'T THE SAME. Try a generic made by a different company. The Qualitest Pharmaceuticals generic works the best for me! NO weight gain and NO side effects! I feel great again! All pharmacies carry generics made by different companies. Try a different generic. The pharmacy will tell you who makes the generic that they carry - call all the pharmacies first! You won't believe the difference. I hear It's different for everyone though. The generic that works best for me may not be the same as the generic that works best for you. But I swear by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals! I was taking tons of meds (to treat SIDE EFFECTS.) I wasn't even sick! Ask your doctor! Read up on it! It's true! Best of luck!
22 Feb 2010
I take another version of that drug called Nortriptyline for prevention of migraines. Yes, I have noticed weight gain also. It's one of those things you just have to weigh the side effects against the the good it will do you. Although I am going to stop taking this drug as soon as I can.
19 May 2010
I never realized that it could make you gain weight until I read some of these answers. WOW what an eye opener for me. I was wondering why I was gaining weight when I don't do anything but throw up alot due to cancer issues right now. I am on 50mg at bedtime and have actually gained some weight back I really didn't want to but I did and this seems to explain why. I will mention it to the doctor because they couldn't figure out why I was gaining now. Thanks guys you have helped in a way you may not know.
30 Nov 2012
I have been on a high dose of amitriptyline (150 mg) for over a yeah and I have gained a huge amount of weight.I have always weighed between 53-55kgs except when pregnant.I now weigh 82 kgs.I have very strong cravings for sweets.its a real struggle not to eat them.I had to go to my doctor to try and get off it.I'm on it because of bad post natal depression and even worse anxiety.I can't stay on endep because I'm becoming more and more depressed about my weight.I near kill myself with yoga and the treadmill only to lose 2kgs... from what I've learnt low doses of this Med doesn't case weight gain.I am also really tired all the time...
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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