I suffer from fibromyalgia and have recently changed doctors. My new doctor suggested taking 3 tablets of Amitriptyline (25mg). I am concerned because since have FM I have gained weight now I am worried that this will add to the problem rather than resolve it.
I've been diagnosed with fibro about 8 yrs. I've taken lots of meds. Never heard of that... I've gained too, How could we not?
Just about anything we take will make us gain. We already have a weight problem, we don't exercise lot and we love carbs. And every pill they give for fibro has the same side effect weight gain. I never heard of taking it 3 times a day and I've taken it for more than 40 yrs. I take 75 at bedtime. It helps sleep too. He may have said take 3 of the 25 mg at a time, so that if you need to increase it you can just add a pill until you find your dose.
I was prescribed this drug for muscle twitches and spasms. I have Fibro and Degenerative Disc Disease and ibs and on and on... anyway. I have twitches so bad I can't sleep. I have them anywhere at anytime throughout my body. I hate taking medication because I have side effects to almost everything. I even swell and get itchy on IBuprofen if I take as prescribed. The first day I took it which was just 25 mg It numbed my tongue and throat. I slept so heavy I just couldn't stay awake the next day. Also made me feel out of sorts so to speak or a little bit floaty. Then while reading the side effects I became scared and I decided not to take another pill. Suddenly and I know this may sound crazy but the next day the twitches stopped. It was like the nerves were reset. I was in heaven! Like my brain rested and reset itself. It was almost a week before they were back to driving me nuts again.
So now I only take it every now and then to "reset" I call it. I cut the pill into 4 pieces and when I take it I make sure I take it early that evening so it doesn't make me tired the next day and I take it a few days at a time. Of course it doesn't stop it as the whole pill but they almost disappear. Then I go without until I need them again. I figure if I don't take them everyday they will keep working at that strength and maybe the side effects will be worth the risk.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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