I have noticed that since starting amitriptyline for migraines that I am sometimes seeing things that are not there and it is making me very jumpy and a little anxious. Did anyone experience this when taking it? I have been on it for almost 2 weeks and it doesn't happen all the time, just every few days.
Hello NHM122. The side effect you are experiencing (seeing things) is considered (I am not a doctor) not to be a normal side effect. I suggest you contact your doctor. Regards pledge
Hi, i agree with Pledge, this is a 'normal' side effect. I have been taking Amitriptyline for several years, an even during the induction phase (first 4 weeks), i didn't experience this. I cam completely understand how this is causing anxiety. I take a combination of medications, and if i miss one out (due to running out of tablets), i suffer with hallucinations - mainly seeing fly's/bugs in front of me, not nice! You need to discuss this with your doctor. I hope you get on well!
As the other two posters have said hallucinations is a known side effect of this drug. However there are alternative medications. So if you are finding the hallucinations troublesome contact your Doctor.
I've been on it for 35 yrs. I've never had that experience. You need to tell the dr, this can be a sign of a serious complication. How much are you taking?
This med has a million side effects I personally won't take something with a list this long. I would call the doctor and have you had a migraine since starting it?
Thanks everyone! To answer some questions: I am only on 10 MG and have had NO migraines since starting, which is a HUGE relief, because I was getting them 3 or 4 times in a 7 day time frame from when they started and some of them lasted for almost 3 days at a time
After 3 years of headaches in my left temple, my doctor had an MRI taken and sent me to a Neurologist. Everything was norma, so they started me out on Amitriptyline at 5mg 1X a day.
Then they slowly upped t, to where m tasking 100mg per day. Within a week of taking this,
I woke up and reached over to my Water Bottle and saw a Tarantula on it.
I freaked and grabbed a flashlight and looked all over my bedroom, but nothing was found.
About 2 weeks later, it was the same scenario, only this time it was a Praying Mantis.
Fast forward to last night.
I had gone to bed but was awakened by some "light pollution".
It was a flashlight shining through the shutters.
I layed there and then it turned to red lasers, coming through those same shutters..
I jumped out of bed to see a kid about 14 yo, coming face to face with me at the bedroom window, like he was some kind of lookout.
The 2nd (older) kid, went towards our front porch.
I just KNEW, he was going to steal the light bulb from the front porch!
Heart racing, I grabbed a flashlight and went outside,
and everything was fine and the light bulb still there.
So to draw an honest solution, I review that last 15 minutes of our security camera footage.
There was NOONE there, although it did show me outside with the flashlight.
It wasn't like I was sleep walking, because the second I got out of my bed,
to investigate these lights, I was wide awake.
Weird crap huh...
I wasn't seeing things, but it made me have panic attacks, overly anxious, loss of appetite. I had to get off of it. I was on 10mg, for two days we upped it to 20mg, and that was a lot worse. This drug, evidently, was not for me. 3 of the worst weeks in my life.
I have been taking this medicine for exactly two weeks. I was started on 100mg at bedtime. Then last night the seeing things started. I was so into the vision that I woke my husband and I got more aggressive when he kept telling me that no one was there. I searched the house over and over trying to find my daughter and it happened again today when I got home from the store, I thought my daughter was in the house because I seen her car. I rushed into the house and I thought she was running away from me and her car was. I went as far as I could, I called her and left her a message wanting to know why she left with out telling me bye . She called me just a few minutes ago and she said she was not here at all since the 30th of January and today is the 12th of February.
Yes absolutely it does. I have been taking it at night for migraine prevention for 10 years. I am on 50mg at night. I see patterns and people and horrible witches in my bedroom. I am awake and they disappear seconds after I turn the light on. I don't have them during the day. I am used to it so don't get scared anymore. I have just started a weaning off programme to get back down to 25mg or under as I feel this drug is causing tinnitus and I am fed up with the morning drowsiness. It works very well i hardly get migraines anymore. I just hope this remains on the lower dose. I may even manage without it completely.
I started getting auditory hallucinations when I increased the dosage of amitriptyline to 75mg,
It usually happens at bedtime and on awakening. I get a male voice repeating the Lord's prayer over and over. Fortunately it is not very loud so I manage to get to sleep fairly easily, and I don't seem to hear it in the day time apart from first thing in the morning. Ocassionally I hear the voice but can't make out the words, but I know it is the same thing being repeated, and sometimes I hear nothing at all. It is very bizzare though, I noticed that other people have experienced hearing music, such as rap music that is quiet loud, I guess I'm lucky really in comparison. One other thing I noticed with taking amitriptyline. it has made my tinnitus a lot worse than what it was.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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