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Date Joined Nov 2003
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   Posted 2/21/2004 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I was recently put on amitriptyline by my rheum doc for sleeping. i was wondering if anyone knows much about it and weather is good or bad. Im right now bounceing between fibromyalgia and lupus still haveing tests done and i also have multiple sclerosis. just wondering if anyone has some comments about this med. thanks in advance.

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 2/22/2004 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ChevyGurl,
Welcome to the CFS board. I moderate here also!

Amitryptaline (sp?) is an antidepressant, and a type known as "tri-cyclics". Tri-cyclic refers to something about the chemistry of the drug. Sleepiness is a side effect of all tri-cyclics, and amitryp. is considered to be stronger than others, in regard to sleepiness. So it's NOT technically a sleep aid. (I really HATE it when Drs pull tricks like this--but I'll try to restrain myself and finish answering your ?) Often antidepressants ease the symptoms of FMS, but Drs often prescribe them for patients who make any report of achiness, whether they diagnose FMS or not. So from the Dr's point of view.... You know...I'm just going to leave it at that. I can't finish without getting on my soapbox about this. Just know that it's not technically a sleep aid, and that, as an antidepressant, it MIGHT ease some achiness and other FMS symptoms, including depression. Also, personally, I can't tolerate it (My body doesn't tolerate it, as a medication. Not tolerating some Drs' behavior is another matter!!).  :-) Take care.

brynn,  Moderator for Chronic Pain forums
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Last Edited : 2/22/2004 12:24:32 PM GMT

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Date Joined Nov 2003
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   Posted 2/22/2004 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks brynn for your information, well im kinda in a trial and error for my dieases it really sucks just wanted to make sure of what im takeing cause like u said docs leave things out.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 2/29/2004 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i take that. but it hasnt been working lately so my doc is switching me... it did work for a long time though...

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Date Joined Mar 2004
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   Posted 3/26/2004 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to take it, it didn't help the pain or the depression for me.  Now I am on Aropax and Risperdal, and that helps depression.


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