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It depends on what you're using the amitriptyline for. If it's for chronic pain, you could try nortriptyline which is used for similar uses, as it's a synthetic version of our body's own metabolite of amitriptyline. There's also duloxetine (Cymbalta), which is also good for chronic pain, but usually doesn't cause as much weight gain.
If you're using amitriptyline for depression, then there's a lot of options.
For depression and anxiety, a lot of people find escitalopram (Lexapro), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), fluoxetine (Lovan, Prozac), desvenflafaxine (Pristiq), bupropion (Zyban in Australia (off label), but I think Wellbutrin in the USA) and moclobemide (Aurorix) to be weight neutral, but it's a bit of a lucky draw. Very occasionally, people do experience weight gain or weight loss but most notice no change.
Zebracub; What you should do to cut out all the guess work is let your doctor know what the problem is And see what the doctor well give you that well work just as well, With less chance of weight gain. There are many that can swing both ways so you really have to try it and watch your weight as you are on it and see what is going to happen. Best of luck So try and see your doctor or give him or her a call and see what they tell you. Chuck1957
I was on 75 mg. You can take the dose you are on, multiply by two and that is how much weight you can gain! But you sleep well. I was a drastic case but here's what worked. I was put on a pain patch. I was a success story, thank you Duragesic! I was on the patch for about fifteen years. But I had a trick. I went off it for a couple weeks or month at least every two years to give my body a break. This was my doctors tip and it's a dandy! I used orals during that time, weaning those. It took almost a year and therapeutic swimming (underwater jogging has helped the pain beyond words). but I am off the patch and working full time plus! I give God the Glory above all, but the patch did enable me to move enough to swim. Now all those meds are history. I have pain (pelvic) from IC, but it's manageable now. Best wishes.
Hello, if you are taking the amitryptyline for sleep, doxepin is a medication in the same class that is also used for sleep. There are also a couple more that are possibilities in the same class as amitryptyline known as tricyclic antidepressants. If you are using it for chronic pain, nortriptyline (Pamelor) is a medication in the same class that is also used for that use. Because there are so many possibilities, I would let your physician know what your concerns are and see what medicine he or she thinks would be best for you. I hope you find something that fits your needs!
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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