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Re: Elavil (Amitriptyline) Experiences bigcat

Posted by ed_uk on November 17, 2005, at 13:02:49

In reply to Elavil (Amitriptyline) Experiences, posted by bigcat on November 17, 2005, at 7:58:15

Hi Matt

I take amitriptyline myself, but only at a low dose (10-25mg) as a sleep aid. I don't have any noticeable side effects apart from increased appetite.

I can't tolerate high doses at all. 25mg is fine but I can't take any more, high doses make me feel ill, very fatigued during the day. I also get a dry mouth on high doses.

>In the past, tricyclics have often thrown me into outer space. I become insanely paranoid, unable to speak, very confused, not able to finish sentences etc.

Which tricyclics did this?

>However, perhaps you need to raise the dose VERY gradually on the Elavil so you won't get so spacey and "drugged-out".

I took 5mg initially, then 10mg, then 12.5mg, then 20mg, then 25mg. The dose of amitriptyline certainly need to be titrated gradually, and in very small steps.

25mg doesn't make me dumb at all. More than 25mg definitely make me dumb. Most people need more than 25mg to get an antidepressant effect though. I don't take it as an AD, I take it as a sleep aid.

>be good

LOL, I'll try ;-)

Kind regards

Ed


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