I suffer from severe anxiety,ocd and some depression. I was maybe thinking about asking for amitriptyline mainly to help the severe anxiety. I have tried a lot of anti depressants, anti anxiety drugs and none of them have really helped and the side effects have been quite hard to handle. I was just wondering if Amitriptyline is a good medication for anxiety?
Hi, andy! Amitriptyline is one of the older tricyclic antidepressants that was used fairly effectively for depression and anxiety disorders before the newer classes of AD's hit the market. It's certainly worth a try.
It worked quite well for me, but like kaismama, I had dry mouth and it left me a bit groggy. Here's a link:
Best wishes, WCV
Hi Andy! Wow Amitriptyline is ancient and the generic for Elavil. I took it myself for years before the newer SSRI drugs. Actually I think it is a great drug for helping you SLEEP. It does help with anxiety but it doesn't start working for approximately 3-6 weeks. Keeping this in mind, along with the fact that it causes dry mouth, you might give it a try. It certainly is one of the safer medications and one of the very inexpensive ones. Good luck!
Hi. I have had a sudden attacks of anxiety ..it got so bad couldnt gobto work... long story short my doc put me on amitriyptile .imbtaking 25mg at night..its been 3 months..my doc wants me to increase to 75mg..it has worked somewhat but weight gain is bad..plus recently I been having twitching of arms and legs..but I dont want to give up on this med..I know it has made a dif just at 25mg so maybe 5o or 75mg it will really help im just nervous about increasing it..I try to take zoloft omg the side effects got so bad I went to ER..and thats afterv2 pill so I am so scared of trying new meds..good luck!
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