I was prescribed this drug for back pain by my physician. As I am reading the Drug Education Monograph I am finding out that Amitriptyline has too many side effects and it will take up to 4 weeks before I will see any results. Is this drug worth the wait? Also, should I get a second opinion?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. As I dislike taking prescription medications in the first place I just wanted something to get rid of my back pain.
I myself have never heard of anyone prescribing that for pain,only mental health issues,but I do know one person who takes M.S Contin & 5mg OxyContin for B.T pain for pain & also amatrip & he would give up all his meds except for his amatrip,so it does something for him but I think in his case it's helping mental health issues. Sorry this doesn't answer your question directly,but it does give you an example of a person who takes it & I noticed know one responded to you yet so I figure any info is better than nothing. Hope it helps some.
I take Amitriptyline for back pain, other wise i wouldnt get any sleep! I take one to two tables at bed time, usually 1 hour before iam due to go to sleep.
This drug has worked wonders for me! and doesnt take 4 weeks to work! it works straight away! The only down side is trying to wake up first thing in the morning, and some times get a bit dizzy, but nothing else that has a major effect. It's worth a go! if it doesnt work for you, then doctor will find some thing else! I didnt relise how much sleep i wasn't getting before! now iam feeling- at least i no longer get pain at night time, only the day time! it's worth a go.
It has been on the market for 60 years or so, but take it at night, it made us all tired but we all felt fine in the morning. My brother took amitriptyline for his bad back problem and it was a "life saver." He had no side effects and it worked better than pain killers. (Important! We all took the generic made by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals.) I took it for migraines years ago (50 mgs a day) for 15 years. Then I got pregnant so I had to stop taking it. My migraines never came back. Now, I take it for insomnia (10 to 20 mgs a night.) My 9 yr old takes 5 mgs a night for stomach aches that she had for years. Her stomach aches are gone. She has no side effects. I've been on amitriptyline for years with NO weight gain & NO side effects. I had been taking the generic made by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for years & never gained an ounce and had NO side effects for years.
Then the mail order pharmacy sent me a generic made by Sandoz Inc. I gained TONS of weight in less than 4 months and I had nearly every side effect on the list! But I didn't know they were side effects. I thought I was sick. I went to many Doctors because in addition to the weight gain, I felt very, very sick. I thought I must have had a stomach tumor as I was so swelled up and in so much pain (even had an ultrasound.) Then, I had to take meds for vertigo (severe unexplained dizziness,) and meds for severe reflux (heartburn.) I even went to the eye doctor for blurred vision and got steroid eye drops! I had tons of costly tests. Finally, I figured it out myself. All of my problems were identical to the side effects of amitriptyline. It was not a coincidence. Guess what? Nothing was wrong with me! Specifically, it was the amitriptyline MADE BY SANDOZ INC because the problems all began when I started taking the Sandoz Inc generic and they all went away when I switched back to the Qualitest Pharmaceuticals generic. About 2 wks ago, I stopped the Sandoz Inc. generic and went back to the Qualitest Pharmaceuticals generic. I've already lost 7 lbs and all of my problems have disappeared. I don't need any of the other medication (which was treating my side effects.) ALL GENERICS AREN'T THE SAME. If 1 company's generic doesn't work or causes side effects, try a generic made by a different company. The Qualitest Pharmaceuticals generic amitriptyline has worked the best for all of us! NO weight gain and NO side effects! We ALL feel great! All pharmacies carry generics made by different companies. If you try one made by one company and it doesn't work or you have side effects, try an amitriptyline generic made by a different company. The pharmacy will tell you who makes the generic that they carry - call all the pharmacies first! You won't believe the difference. I hear It's different for everyone though. The company's generic that works best for me/us may not be the same company's generic that works best for you. But I swear by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals! I was taking tons of meds (to treat SIDE EFFECTS from the Sandoz Inc amitriptyline!) I wasn't even sick! Read up on it! It's true! Best of luck! I am not a Doctor, but I've done a great deal of research on this drug, especially because they wanted our little 9 yr old to take it. She is doing very well, finally - thanks to Qualitest Pharmaceuticals amitriptyline.
i have also been prescribed Amitriptyline for back pain as well as a sleep aid. I'm not sure if this headache I'm getting is worth it thought... I have only read a few pages that have said anything about a headache, but the pharmacist did mention it to me. Does anyone else get headaches with use of this drug?
I took Amitryptaline as a sleep aid when I was on othter anti depressants that made sleeping difficult. I found it very effective and I didn't have any groggy feeling in the morning, however it raised my heart rate noticebly. I discontinued it for that reason. I will say every person is different thus medications effect every person differently. Have a good relationship with your doctor. I have found benefit from trying drugs over the years that have scary side effect warnings. You should always read the warnings about what could happen but try to keep in mind that it is what COULD happen not what WILL happen.
what one drug will do for one person then it can have a totally different effect on another man or woman, I was not given it for back pain, and I am sensitive to several medications so just because of what I say I don't want to give this drug a bad name, what might not work for me might do wonders for you, I had muscle twitching ( which I understand is not uncommon) then I suffered a seizure, the doctors did get it under control and I was not left with longstanding effects, I just told you this because you asked a question and it deserved an honest answer, sometimes it is necessary to take medications because we have symptoms that need to be treated and to write this drug off as being no good or ineffective would be unfair. I wish you the very best
I take 1 at nite and I was awake all nite with headache I will not take another pill of this type, Plus I had suicidal nightmares where I am driving and dive off the interstate into oblivion. My Dr. told me to take 1/2 instead of 1 and it still does not agree with me. as u posted it has too many dangerous side effects. Good luck. I already take Cymbalta and Amitrip is horrible, my opinion.
I am 50 years old, started using Amitriptyline in 1994 for depression, anxiety and sleeplessness. The worst side effect I have ever suffered with this medication, was dry mouth. The reason I am still on it... I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1999, and was diagnosed after I had began suffering diabetic neurapathy, and Amitriptyline is also used to help with symptoms of nerve pain. Although it doesnt really help me so much for nerve pain, but it does help me to sleep at night. It worked great for that for 10 years or so..Now not so much. It also has an effect on lowering high blood pressure. Hope this helps..
I have just been perscribed amitrptyline for my sciatica and tild to take one every night I have for the past 3days im not sure how long they rake to work but ive been told off liads of people that they have bad side effects but if they work well need rid of this pain constant everyday
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