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Anyone had any experience with this drug? Doctor prescribed it for my sleep problems but checking up its also used as an antidepressant and has a big amount of side affects like fast weight gain, and … Read More
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Anyone had any experience with this drug? Doctor prescribed it for my sleep problems but checking up its also used as an antidepressant and has a big amount of side affects like fast weight gain, and as im overweight as it is this may make matters worse.

Anyone know?

Also how long do I take it before bed as the leaflet doesnt say.
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Mother in law took it for ages but last year had some side effects, halucinations,voices......it may have been a combination as she was also on painkillers but the doctor took her off them and no more trouble. She was so bad they sent her for psychiatric tests.
#2
I had some once - to try to tackle migraines - they made me an insane wreck. One of the worst experiences of my life. Just be careful is all I'm saying - it'll prob be fine for you as the docs said it was prescribed loads for tots of things.:thumbsup:
banned#3
your gp has prescribed this as a sleeping aid?
#4
Yes as I said I have problems getting to bed at a good time and wake up a lot in night.
#5
30 minutes before bedtime I believe is the timeframe before they start to kick in, if I remember correctly you do become quite drowsy rather quickly.

My own experience on them was rather horrible. :oops:
#6
sassie;2464652
your gp has prescribed this as a sleeping aid?

Yes I take this too to help with pain management with fibromyalgia, it works as a muscle relaxant so means you dont get stiff during the night (calm down sassie), and end up keep waking up due to discomfort, I have noticed no side affects (dosage for me is 2x50mg at night and one in the morning) my weight has remained steady for the 2 years ive been on them.
They are rarely prescribed as a anti-depressant these days and more as a mild sleep aid.
#7
Give me some, i may get a full nights kip then instead of listening to the fella snoring!
banned#8
harlzter
Yes I take this too to help with pain management with fibromyalgia, it works as a muscle relaxant so means you dont get stiff during the night (calm down sassie), and end up keep waking up due to discomfort, I have noticed no side affects (dosage for me is 2x50mg at night and one in the morning) my weight has remained steady for the 2 years ive been on them.
They are rarely prescribed as a anti-depressant these days and more as a mild sleep aid.


exactly my point, i wasnt aware that sort of drug was prescribed purely as a sleeping aid:w00t:
#9
Also you still feel really drowsy in the morning (and some of the afternoon)....Well i was anyway!, be careful if you drive etc!
#10
I also have real trouble sleeping, I find Boots Sleepeaze, better than any other over the counter sleep aid.
#11
harlzter
Yes I take this too to help with pain management with fibromyalgia, it works as a muscle relaxant so means you dont get stiff during the night (calm down sassie), and end up keep waking up due to discomfort, I have noticed no side affects (dosage for me is 2x50mg at night and one in the morning) my weight has remained steady for the 2 years ive been on them.
They are rarely prescribed as a anti-depressant these days and more as a mild sleep aid.


Rosehip tablets have done my fibromyalgia the world of good I come off my prescription drugs after a couple of years of taking them and feel better than I have in years. Herbal is not for everyone but as changed my life and got me back to how I was before I was ill
#12
pimpMe;2464678
30 minutes before bedtime I believe is the timeframe before they start to kick in, if I remember correctly you do become quite drowsy rather quickly

Thats about right, not too long though because i find if you miss the window of sleep oppurtunity between 30 minutes and an hour afterwards if you dont start winding down I find it even harder to sleep.
#13
I know someone that was prescribed these as an anti depressant she couldn't take them though as they left her feeling knocked out for the day. I believe they are pretty strong. Since as your GP advised you to take them why don't you make another appointment to discuss them if your not happy? You could also pop into a pharmacy tomorrow and ask the pharmacist advice on when is best to take them.
#14
Took them about 45 minutes ago and feeling a bit sick and dizzy now so will go to bed in a few minutes.
#15
Lol Im tired now but too relaxed and wanting to watch tv.
#16
i have recenbtly been on these. the main reason i came off them was due to having a really dry mouth - yuk, it was terrrible! i had a bad bout of facial neuralgia, i did help with the pain tho! i aslo have fybromyalgia as well as having marfan syndrome and the pain from these 2 is terribe, these tablets didnt work at all for that, and didnt make me tired - but saying that, i do take alot of other medication, inc morphine, and that makes me tired - but i wouldnt reccomend it for a sleeping aid!!! my gp gave me temazapam, for some they are good, but again didnt work for me. before i became ill, if ever i couldnt sleep, i used to take a large spoonfull of original benylin for chesty coughs (NOT the non drousy one), it knocked me out in about 20 minutes if i took it with a hot cuppa! not reccomended to use all of the time, but great for those night when you are pulling yopu hair out not being able to sleep!!!!
hope this helps, luv clare x
#17
How did you get on, would like to know ??
#18
i also have really bad nights in bed,kicking and waking up with real bad sweats.talking in sleep and generally being nasty to my fiance,also get bags under my eyes.any suggestions what tablets or remedies would help me and my long time suffering fiance
#19
Amitripyline is a sedating drug and like most drugs as such may cause weight gain as one the side-effects.

Amitripyline is used to treat/help a variety of illnesses, for those that are prescribed Amitripyline or have previously this may be due to a number of factors and is not geared towards a specific/particular illness. However one should always read the enclosed literature that comes supplied with each drug before consumption of that medication, (it is a legal requirement that you are supplied with this information)!

Any side effects that you encounter with any prescribed medication and still remain unsatisfied with even after reading through the drug information leaflet, you should consult your Doctor/GP again. Drugs can cause differing and adverse reactions to different types of people and there are often alternatives available with medicines that do not agree with you.

Apologies for rambling on! I sincerely hope the above helps anyone in any way, click on the links below for read further about Amitripyline:
http://www.drugs.com/search.php?searchterm=amitriptyline&is_main_search=1
http://www.drugs.com/pro/amitriptyline.html

P.S. Amitriptyline is used as a muscle relaxant in cases of Muscular-Dystrophy.

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