I have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Don't want to take anything that would be habit forming/dependency. Have just been prescribed 25 mg. at bedtime.
Amitriptyline is a prescription drug that's used to treat depression. Besides depression, amitriptyline can be used "off-label" to treat post-herpetic neuralgia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, certain eating disorders, to prevent migraines and to help with sleep problems (insomnia). Amitriptyline is also used to treat pain associated with a wide array of medical conditions. Off-label drugs are not FDA approved for alternative uses.
Amitriptyline is generally considered safe with low risk for long term use in patients with insomnia. It is particularly effective if the patient is also suffering from pain. Amitriptyline has a long half life which makes it useful for patients have trouble remaining asleep and wake early.
It is not suitable for patients with certain heart problems (arrhythmia), drug interactions, the elderly (because of risk of falls) and patients who are at high risk of overdose.
Amitriptyline is not habit-forming so it does have the potential to be a long term option for the treatment of insomnia.
Amitriptyline works very well when used to treat insomnia. You may find the reviews in the link below useful.
I used to take amitriptyline for sleep way back before I had my kids. I am very hard to knock out. I can take most "sleeping" pills and stay wide awake. Even drugs like Seconal, Dalmane and Halcion didnt make me sleep. Amitriptyline worked quite well though. I would take it and within 30-45 minutes would be nodding off. The only down side is that it causes extreme dry mouth so be sure to keep sugarless gum, hard candy and/or sips of water available throughout the day because you will have "cottonmouth"
Hi jbonderud, I just want to add that what helps other people doesn't necessarily help you. Everybody has a different genetic make-up, and therefore we each react differently to medications. For example, you just had four people tell you that it works great, but amiltriptyline does absolutely nothing for me. You just have to find out on your own. Sorry to disappoint you.
I have Parkinsons Disease which often affects sleep. My neurologist prescribed amitriptylilne HCl 50 mg. I sleep like a log and do not wake up at night. Matter of fact I sleep too long and now cut the pill in half.
I don't notice any side effects and a 30 day supply is just $4.00 at WalMart and Kroger.
I've been taking amitriptyline (25mg) for migraines for about a three months now, and for about a two months I've been having a lot trouble sleeping. The doctor said that amitriptyline should've been helping me sleep (which it obviously wasn't), but she still decided to keep me on it even though it wasn't doing anything with my migraines. My doctor put me on Topamax (starting at 25mg and working my way up to 100mg) while keeping me on amitriptyline. She said that both of these together should help me sleep and help my migraines. I'm having even more trouble sleeping now and my migraines don't seem that much improved (but that may be from lack of sleep).
I was put on 10mg. of amitriptyline in March of 2016... didn't work at all; I just went to a new doctor this past Thursday... he named several sleep aids and I told him I had been on all of those. He was surprised that Amitriptyline did not work. He prescribed 25 mg. of it, per night, and he said the most important thing to do was to take it 3 hours prior to going to bed. I have done that for 2 nights and I have slept like a baby! AND... I wake up felling refreshed and not drowsy at all!!
I LOVE THIS MEDICATION, IT DEFINATELY WORKS!!!
Wow.. alot of people claim that Amitriptyline is only used for depression, in fact I just got into a heated disagreement with my fiancee' over this medication.
I am chronically ill with SLE, DLE, Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, raynauds, Hyponeutremia, a Pacemaker, and insomnia. THIS MEDICATION HAS HELPED ME TRMENDOUSLY WITH NOT ONLY MY INSOMNIA BUT TO HELP SO I DON'T WAKE UP WITH ANY HEADACHES. I myself, consider this to be one of my life saving medications. I take it approximately a hour to a hour and a half before bed and it helps a lot and not like Ambien which will make you very sleepy very quick. I would recomend Amitriptyline to others before anything else!!! So YES YES YES I find it to be very effective in treating insomnia
I have been taking 75mg of amitriptyline since 2000. I am on it because, I have RSD/CRPS and when I turn down my spinal cord stim off at night, I need it to make me sleep. It usually takes 45 minutes and then I will, be knocked out for the night without it I would be up all night long.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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