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Re: Amitriptyline

Posted by Sean on March 15, 1999, at 11:14:43

In reply to Re: Amitriptyline, posted by April on March 14, 1999, at 23:04:05

> I have been taking Amitriptyline for several years. I take it because I am very nervous and cannot sleep at night without it. I take 75mg every night. It helps me to sleep and control my anxeity (panic attacks) the next day. I don't think I could manage without it. Amitriptyline is safe to take. It is a good thing to have around.
> I know where you are coming from and believe me, your body will get used to the meds soon.


I do recall having an anxiety attack (panic) shortly
alfter starting amitriptyline. Then again I was
having lots of them at the time. When the med finally
started working, however, it definitely reduced my
need for xanax (although lithium was still nec.)

I recall reading somewhere that in the first week
of TCA therapy, people can have an anxiety reaction.
My advice would be to stick with the amitriptyline
for at least a month, using benzos when necessary,
but give it a good try at a minimum of 75mg before
calling it a complete failure. I also never had
the classic "poop-out" of the SSRI's while on

I currently can't take it because I have heart
problems. To be honest, I am still searching for a
replacement ad. My subjective feeling of "self" on
amitriptyline seemed more like my "self" compared
to other meds. Since I also have bad allergies, the
cholinergic side effects were in some ways good!

Good luck,





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