... OCD/Anxiety related stress. I recently flew on a redeye flight and forgot to take my medication. It wasn't until 4pm, maybe 5pm, that I remembered and took my daily 50mg dosage. I normally take my doses at night and so later that same day, before I went to bed, about 7 hours later, I took my dose for that day. Is that I wide enough gap in between the doses? Or should I just skip the missed dose next time? In between the doses, I took several naps, because the first dose made me very sleepy since it was the middle of the day
I have been taking Amitriptyline for several months now for a chronic headache problem and?
- 2 Jul 2012 by Em_ilyElizabeth
- 3 July 2014
- headache, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, amitriptyline, dosage, anxiety and stress, chronic, medication
The standard instructions on most meds state if you skip a dose, just pick up as usual at the next interval, otherwise things get all off track. I would say wherever you are, make the next dose at your regular time.
Better yet, don't take my advice on that, and take it on this; call your Dr. and get the official word. Hope this helps a bit.
The usual advice is to skip that dose and take your normal amount at the next time. I understand you don't want to miss as that may lead to another headache. The main side effect of Amitryptaline is sleepiness, and you have been on it for quite awhile. The only thing you needed to worry about is doing anything that would not be advised while sleepy - driving a car for instance. I imagine that you are fine now - and missing one day is not enough time to trigger a headache. If this should happen again - skip that dose and take the regular amount at the usual time. Regards - ElizaJane
I'm not a dr, but from my experience I stand by my side effects. If the sleepiness bothered you I would wait until next dose next time. If it wasn't a problem then taking it when you remember should be fine unless it is within 4 hours of your next dose. You should have enough of it in your system to curb your headaches until the next dose it due. I am the type of person that if the side effects bother me it effects how I take the medicine. So, this is the rule of thumb I go by.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
I hope this helps.
- Amitriptyline Information for Consumers
- Amitriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amitriptyline (detailed)
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