I am in day 30 since stopping Elavil. I have had about 30 hours of sleep in that time. I am exhausted, depressed and anxious.
Hey Creneet. Im sorry to hear your having such a tough time. I wish my answer was gonna make you feel better but unfortunately its not. Amitriptyline usage should be weaned down slowly especially after prolonged use to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms. If you just suddenly quit without a weaning process then you can suffer from withdrawal then P.A.W.S (post acute withdrawal syndrome)for up to a year. You made it through the 1st 30 days which is the worst but you can expect a few months struggle to slowly recover a regular sleep pattern again. Just exactly how long depends on how long you took the elavil. If you used it daily for 1yr then relief is week or 2 away but if you used elavil for 10yrs well you've got months potentially before you can truly claim a normal sleep routine again. I suggested going to your local grocery stores cold/allergy section finding the store brand sleep aids then specifically look for the 1 that's 50mg diphenhydramine & buy them.
That nite about an hour before bed take 2-50mg sleep aids & then 30mins later take 1 more. As long as you are over 100pounds & dont have a chronic pulmonary disease &aren't taking other RX sleeping pills this dosing is safe per my Dr. When I was coming off dilaudid after a years use he told me to do this so I could sleep. Also the diphenhydramine is NON addictive so its ok to use them nightly til you can sleep on your own. Hope that helps you some.
Hi Creneet, You don't know how glad I was to see your post, as I have been experiencing the exact same symptoms that you are having because of the Amitriptyline. I have been on 50mg of Amitriptyline for 8 years and started having severe leg pain, and it used to make me sleep then suddenly it stopped. My doctor took me off of this medication as I was only on it for a bladder disease and not depression. The withdrawal symptoms have been horrible and I did come off of it slowly, still my sleep is so messed up I have no clue, same as you, some nights no sleep at all, gone 3 nights in a row no sleep, ended up in the emergency room with 107 heart rate and vomiting. I was dehydrated so I had to have fluids. Anyway went back to the doctor and was put on Buspar. The Buspar side effects are just as bad. I don't want to be on more meds, I just want to be able to sleep. I think if I could just sleep normally then I wouldn't be having the anxiety and be exhausted.
I can't take the over the counter sleep aids because I have thyroid issues, which at this time are not giving me any problems, knock on wood. I am just so thankful I found someone that I can relate too with these problems. It is like no one understands. I wish I had never got on Amitriptyline and I never want to go through this again... Hope you feel better soon and please let me know if you figure anything out and I will for you too if I figure it out as well.
Hi all, I was on amitriptyline 10mg for 3months then I stopped taking it given that it makes me not sleeping for 3nights. I went over anxiety, panic, itching, headaches, insomnia etc. Now 4weeks, I am not still able to sleep, Maxi 3hrs a night with the help of benadryl each day, and sometimes I will take lorazepam 0.5mg prescribed by my doctor. I am so afraid is this going to last for ever? Will I recover my normal sleep pattern? Please help, I am curious to know about given that not sleeping gives me irritation during the day, I cannot function. Please help.
I was on amitriptyline (25 mg at night) for four years. I stopped taking it a year ago and did it the right way, weaning slowly from 25 mg to 5 mg.
Still, even though weaning off from it, I started having extreme sleep disorder / insomnia right after stopping it (5 mg to 0 mg). I could "sleep" for 1 hour, then woke up suddenly and then "slept" again for another 1 hour. Some night no sleep at all. I use citation marks when I say sleep, because it felt like I hadn't slept, my sleep was very shallow and fragmentary.
Taking an antihistamine that makes you sleepy helped somewhat (I took an antihistamine called Atarax which is much the same as the product called Sleep Aid in the USA).
Over the months I noticed improvement in my sleep, but it was slow. It was, and still is, two or three steps forward and one step backwards every now and then. At this point I had started to get 4-5 hours of sleep most nights.
After 11 months I finally realised my sleep had become almost normal again! I didn't wake up in the middle of the night anymore most nights and I had started to have dreams again.
Now I sleep already 6-7 hours a night. Before this whole problem with amitriptyline I slept about 8 hours a night, so there still needs to be improvement, but I'm optimistic now – it will happen! I still occasionally have nights with disordered and too little sleep, but not often.
So I took amitriptyline for 4 years and it has taken me for about a year to get to this fairly good situation where I'm now. Be patient.
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