anxiety, insomnia and had resigned myself to the fact that i would most likely have to take it for the rest of my life. As a matter of fact, i am afraid to go off of it. But after reading some of the info on this sight, i don't know if i want to continue this medication. I don't know what the long term effects are, if any, and i am afraid that if i stop, i will become depressed again. This med does not make me feel "drugged", but somewhat normal, i guess. Has anyone stopped taking this med after a bout with depression? Will the depression reoccur? And what are the side effects/withdrawal symptoms? Is it safe to just continue taking it? I too have gained quite a bit of weight. I don't want to continue it if i can stop. I have missed a dose or two at times, and if that happens, i cannot sleep at all.
Hi, peacefulone. I'm glad that the amitriptyline has been working well for you. If your depression was situational (a death, loss of job, etc.) you'd probably be okay without it, but as pledge suggested, tapering off gradually is best. If you get in trouble you can always start it again. Clinical depression is caused by an imbalance in your brain chemistry and this will most likely not just go away. Ami has been used for a long time now with few reports of long term problems.
As for the weight gain, you might ask your doctor about switching to one of the newer ADs - less chance of this side effect. Best wishes, WC
Hi peacefulone. I don't know what sort of depression you are dealing with,and as everyone has said that can be a lifetime thing. I can only tell you my experience with coming off of all all 8 meds that I was taking for bipolar depression,OCD, BPD,PTSD,and the list does go on. I still have to take anti anxiety meds,but in much lower doses. I too, like you,started wondering what the long term effects of all the meds I was taking were. I started looking for these effects,scoured the internet, picked Dr's brains,read a million articles and books and could find NOTHING. I finally decided that I did not want to be a walking talking guinea pig. So, I took matters into my own hands.
In January 2010,I started weaning myself off of these 8 meds. I did it one at a time,slowly,and with the knowledge and consent of my Dr.While I was doing all the research,I came across some incredibly valuable information,that no Dr had ever told me. And it was really quite simple.
I started addressing my eating disorder,that my Pdoc thought might settle itself after I had dealt with my issues.I started eating regularly,not skipping any meals,eating CLEAN. No fast food,no processed foods,all organic,small amounts of beef,pork,chicken,and lots of Fish. Tuna,salmon,the wild varities,not the farm raised.Fruits and dark green veggies.Whole wheat products,ground flax,and absolutely NO refined sugar.I found a website that I could use to track my food intake,a way to keep me feeling a responsibility to ME.It allowed me to track certain things,like folate and vitamins, minerals,fats both good and bad.Over 100 different things could be tracked on this site,and it was free. Soon I was eating 6 small meals a day.By March of 2010 I started an exercise program,that I felt really challenged by.Pushing myself to the limit,By May I was feeling good,but I wanted to feel even better, so I bought a pedometer and started walking too.Soon, the walking turned to running and I was putting 12,000 running steps on that pedometer everyday.The excerise,eating the right stuff, and sunlight,made me feel better than I had ever felt in my life.I was 50 years old and healthier,stronger,in both mind and body than I had ever been in my life.I had gained 65 LBS between 2005-2010, but by August of 2010,eating more in a single day than I had ever done before,I had lost that 65LBS.I was back to my normal 111 LBS and feeling fantastic. I have'nt stopped.I know that I still have all those disorders,and I might have to take meds again at some point,but,if you want to stop the meds... this is a darn great way to do it.No matter what your limitations or age, there ARE ways for us to help ourselves.It,at least for me,was the single best thing I have ever done for me,and for my family.Just a bit of encouragement.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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