ok so i just got a prescription for amitriptyline for my bad insomnia and they took me off ambien so how is amitrip for insomnia like how well does it work and is it better than ambien
My dad takes this medicine for pain from his pain management doctor along with his pain meds. He's up a couple times a night so not sure how it's for insomnia. Everyone says so much negative stuff about ambien but I've had more trouble on stuff they said is safe than everything they said that wasn't safe.
Amitriptyline works really well for sleep. I'm not easy to knock out. I have taken Halcion as a sleeping pill and stayed awake. Once in the hospital I was given two doses of Seconal at once and never slept a wink. I have also tried Dalmane and Restoril with varying success. I had a bad bout of anxiety and depression in my 20's and was given amitriptyline for sleep and it did work. Sometimes it would work as quick as 30 minutes and sometimes it would take an hour or two. The worst side effect is dry mouth. It gives you horrible dry mouth.
Hello Roman and thank you for sharing your question and concerns about Elavil (brand name for Amitriptyline). Personally, I find the benefits of it to be really good at not only helping with nerve pain I experience but sleep inducing is a major plus, too. I am like Kaismama in that I take it about 2 hours before bed and I am more than ready for sleep when my head hits the pillow. I am an insomniac so along with that... I have learned all the tips and tricks to ensure a good night's sleep. I also take 1 mg of Ativan (brand name of Lorazepam) at the same time.
To help yourself before going to bed, here are a few tips to help get you ready for sleep:
1) Don't go to bed mad. If you have an unresolved issue... give yourself permission to let it go, temporarily. It will always be there the next day but the energy on it may have lessened enough for you to see it in a different light.
2) Don't drink alcohol (especially at night) if you are taking this or other prescription medication because alcohol disrupts sleep patterns.
3) Don't do bills or discuss financial issues before bedtime. The cut-off time is about 2 hours before bed because the energy associated with that is negative.
4) Don't watch TV in bed. If you have a TV in there... move it out, if space allows. When I went to a sleep specialist, I got a list of do's and don'ts... things about the TV were at the top including but not limited to NOT watching news before bed.
5) Don't drink sugary drinks or caffeinated drinks after 12 noon, especially those monster drinks, energy drinks, 5-hour but no power drinks and the like. Do drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated and to lessen the chance of muscle cramps or charlie horses in bed.
6) Take a relaxing bath or shower just before bedtime to further aid the body and mind get ready for sleep.
7) Meditation is under utilized but so easy to use and enjoy. For me, it is one of the few proven methods where I can control the information I choose to meditate on and get the results I seek... stress free, uninterrupted space and time within myself and still block-out external noise.
8) If you are sensitive to sound and a light sleeper any way, using ear plugs or some noise canceling system can be beneficial.
9) Use room darkening shades, if light is an issue.
10) For me, I had to try several different mattresses because of back surgery, damaged nerves, hip and leg problems where I couldn't find relief from pain... not even in bed. I did find that perfect sleeper for me. Mattress sets aren't cheap and I can appreciate that expense. It was an expense that I chose to take on and the 5th set was the magic charmed set.
10) Most importantly, when you go to bed... stay in bed... if you have small children do not let them sleep with you.
Bed should be a place of rest, peace, sleep where your bedroom is your retreat... not a playground for kids, or a place where you eat, or work or workout. I am just sharing info I got from that doctor... believe me it was a lot more than I can share in this space.
We actually didn't talk much about meds for sleep at all. My psychiatrist actually got me on the best plan of treatment for a regular sleep pattern.
I have my regrets and resentments under control, self-loathing and self-injury under control and many other things that I took for granted. The biggest thing I did was leave an abusive husband. I am a survivor of domestic abuse and no longer live in the shadow of shame either.
There is always a story behind the question. I shared all of this with you and others because sometimes an opening has to be created for the rest of the story to unfold. The question you asked, for me, didn't have a simple answer like, "yes, it is that great for sleep" or "gosh, it was the worst drug ever". Meds by themselves don't work and shouldn't be relied on as the sole means of helping fix anything. Environment can play a big role in how one adapts to it. Change is the only thing that is constant. I hope the changes you need... you will make and take to heart. Some of those changes are simple and easily implemented. Some of the others might take a little more time but not impossible.
The long and the short of it... Amitriptyline is good for sleep and if you have to get up in the middle of the night... it is fairly easy to fall back to sleep. I have been on it for two years now. Ativan I have been taking for many, many years at 1mg which helps with both anxiety and ultimately sleep. Ambien is the worse drug I ever tried... led to night time amnesia and doing things at night that I have no memory of but "evidence" of in the morning. For instance, I found a Dunkin Donuts bag and a coffee I had obviously gone out to get somewhere in the middle of the night. I don't know what I was wearing or how I got there. The thought sends shudders up my spine when I think about it.
Good luck on your journey and I hope it is a smooth one.
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