After hundreds of test and everything negative, doctors think I have chronic subjective dizziness or atypical migraine. He prescribed 25mg to take a night before bed. I am scared to take it with all the side effects. Anyone taken this for dizziness?
Amitriptyline is a head med, a tricyclic type and has many off label uses since it's been around so long. I personally haven't heard of it being used for dizziness, have for migraines, and if you take it at night, you shouldn't experience much in the way of s/e. It takes a while for your blood levels of this med to reach therapeutic one.
Hi Jonesy - At the 25mg level, you shouldn't have an issue with the more severe side effects or really much of an issue at all because you are taking it at night. My doctor told me that it can become troublesome with doses of 50mg and higher. Now, I for ONE can tell you that is so true!!! I was on it initially some 35 years ago when I was experiencing a terrible loss in my life and other life altering experiences. I was hallucinating unbelievably bad and seeing people who weren't there. Well, today, I am on it again but just at the 25mg dose and I haven't had any issues... not one issue. If anyone should be afraid of using this med again, it would be me. But my doctor assured me that at the dose being prescribed... it really would help me and it HAS! I don't want you to worry yourself into not taking something that potentially can help you because of all the side effects.
ALL MEDS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS! There isn't a single prescription medication on the market that doesn't have side effects. But rest assured, the way it is being prescribed to you... shouldn't even give you a hiccup. I really was afraid at first. But I was on a high dose and for different reasons. Back then it was also used as a mood stabilizer. I was on 100mg. Today, I am taking it for nerve damage and the "soothing" effect it also has. It is working for me and I am not experiencing any adverse side effects. The fact that you are taking this at night is also helpful. When you take it... it is helpful that within an hour or so that you don't watch TV or do computer stuff or read. That is what I have found to be helpful to me. If I take it too early and proceed through the night doing what I normally do... I get a headache and dizzy. That did happen once and only once when I went from 10mg - 20mg then up to 25mg. That first night at 25mg I took it took early because the other doses were already making me tired into the next day. (I am on sleep aids as well which have since been adjusted.) So, that was my only problem... take it just before bed and then let yourself relax and unwind. The "eye" movement bothered me that is why I am saying don't read or watch TV or do computer stuff where your "eyes" are busy moving... that can add to the dizziness.
I hope this works for you. I hope you will let us know how you are doing along the way, okay?
I am taking 10 mg of Amitriptyline for unexplained dizzy symptoms. I was referred to a balance specialist and after doing some rather unpleasant tests involving a spinning chair, a blindfold, and a blast of cold air in each ear my vestibular system was declared normal - apparently I had a strong reaction to the stimulation, in fact. So after ruling everything else out, it was determined that I suffer from something called "vestibular migraine".
From the age of 25 - 45 I had intermittent, mild (based upon how I know some folks suffer) aural migraines. My migraines were mostly visual disturbance followed by mild headache on the right side of my head.
Then the migraines just sort of stopped. No explanation. The balance doctor said that balance specialists are starting to diagnose former migraine sufferers who experience dizziness later in life (age 50 for me), with this disorder as a diagnosis of exclusion.
He did not really explain the mechanisms of the attack on my vestibular system (inner ear), nor could he explain the mechanism for how a tiny daily dose of amitriptyline corrects the symptoms. I am not sure medical professionals even understand it yet.
But I can say the amitriptyline sure did work for me. I take one 10mg tablet as I am getting into bed each night, and now I have virtually no symptoms. Amitriptyline also has the pleasant side effect of helping me sleep better (less waking during the night). Like all medicine, I am sure this won't work for everyone, and perhaps it will not always work for me, but it has been a magical pill for me so far. Best $8/month I have ever spent... I hope this helps someone, and good luck with your search.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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