Ive been on 10mg amitriptyline once a night for about 5 months for ibs symptoms while ive been on this medication ive found myself feeling very low very tired and started getting anxiety and panic attacks from bowhere which id never ever experienced before and I heard and read online that amitriptyline can cause this. So I had my last ami 4 days ago and I already feel better within myself and have my first panic free day without needing a propranolol tablet for the first time in absolutely ages . Has anyone else had experience with this? Tia :)
I take the amitrip for sleep 10mg. I am so gald you wrote in. I am trying to get off the amitrip because I kept thinking it may be causing me more anxiety, especially when I wake up. I am also fatigued.
Did you taper down or just quit? Did you have any withdrawal symptoms?
I am glad you are feeling better. I hope there are better meds for you IBS.
10 mg. is the lower dosis in this class of drug. Yes you will feel tire as side effects. I just tapered off of 10 mg. but my doc. recommended a different antidepressant. In week of your last pill you will be fine. As your doc. for a new one if you need it. Regards,
Hi! Just wondering how you got on after quitting the ami? I'm feeling much like you described and am pondering coming off :)
I was prescribed to take 10-30mg amitriptyline every night to help with post infectious ibs symptoms. It has helped so much but not without side effects. At first I had very vivid and disturbing dreams, I'm really drowsy until about midday and I have gained weight. If it forget to take one I get mood swings too. I reallllly want to come off this now as it has been over 9 months - any tips/advice/survival strategies?
So i think iv been on amitriptyline20mg about a year for chronic daily headache . I had awful sleep hangovers for months but i made it work as i worked evenings iv been sooo tired, i had chronic constipation. Would be 5 to 8 days delayed and I'd have to take strong laxatives to get relief and even then id have bad back pain the whole time from the pressure on my spine. This has finally wore off over about 9 months. And now im a constant emotional mess. I have panic attacks just about everyday I have constant bad thoughts when my mind isnt occupied. Im trying to be happy i have a wonderful life and its a lot better from the constant headaches id have for weeks at a time. Its a catch 22 really. I stop i go back to headaches i stay im a emotional mess. Has anyone got advice they can give me ?
Thanks everyone for these posts. I recently was put on amitriptyline 10mg for GI reasons. In the third week, I began to lose my appetite and became very anxious and experienced panic attacks like I never had before. In the 4th week, when I told my GI, she upped me to 20mg, but I was bouncing off the walls and extremely anxious. After 2 nights on 20mg, I came back down to 10mg. Seeking help, I called the GI and some psychiatrists; however, I have not had any return calls. I took myself down to 5mg for 2 nights, and then last night none. (I also checked with my pharmacist, who was helpful.) This morning, I am a little better, and will start back on 5mg of Lexapro tonight, possibly working up to 10mg. I never had problems on Lexapro.
I have taken amitriptyline 25mg for over 6 years ago every night at bedtime. For the last 2 weeks my heart rate has raced for no reason. My anxiety has been tenfold. I feel like the end of time is near. Now don't take it as suicidal feelings it's not that way. I'm not depressed or anything like that. I am on other antidepressants. I also have feelings about this medication for the past couple of weeks that I needed to do some research on it. It says do not stop it abruptly and it can cause a major heart attack. It also conflicts seriously with several of my other medications. Does any of you have any other medications that you find the amitriptyline messes with? I want to get off this medication as quick as I can but I want to do it safely
Yes. I had the worst anxiety ever, and actually thought I was going to lose my mind. To make it worse, the doctor who prescribed the medicine never got back to me. I took myself off slowly. Going down to 5mg for 2 nights, one night, etc. However, I had to go to another doctor to get anti-anxiety meds to "reset my clock." I went on ativan. One hit of that and I was finally able to eat. In one week, I lost about 10 pounds because the anxiety was so bad, I couldn't eat nor sleep. I wish you luck, and my advice is to have a psychiatrist overlook medicines like this. They know them so much better than GIs.
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