amatryptaline question

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 2/10/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone
 
I currently take 100 mg of amatryptaline at night mainly to prevent migraines.  My husband and I are looking to start a family soon.  I know my Dr wants me off or at the lowest dose possible of this med.  I was wondering about how long it takes to cut down on this med?
 
thanks
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984. Ovarian cysts dx 1994, migraines dx 1996, allergies (including food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (sligtly different than true food allergies), Astham dx 1984, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia Sx 1987
 
Entocort 9mg, Pentasa 2.5 g, Remicade every 8 weeks, miralax, metamucil capsules, Elavil 100 mg, Zanaflex 4 mg, asmanex, singulair, foltix, probiotics
As needed: Albuterol inhaler, relpax, nebulizer (albuterol ), have an Epi-pen but hope I never have to use one.


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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi dragonfly, It has been a very long time since I was on Amitriptyline.  I was prescribed it by my neurologist for chronic headaches that were asscoiated with my MS.  According to Mosby's Drug Guide 2006 the smallest tablet form is 10mg and it goes up from there 25, 50, 75, 100 and 150.  After that it comes in injections.  So it should be pretty easy for your doctor to decrease your dosage for you and titrate it down in small amounts every other week or so.  With medication like this you dont want to go off of it quickly or just stop taking it.  But that is always up to your doctor and you to decide what is best in your situation.
But just so you do know....the onset of this med is 45 mins (meaning it starts to absorbe), it peaks in your body between 2-12 hours, and it has a half life of 10-46 hours. 

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you for the information I am thinking it may take about 20 weeks to get off of it especially since it also helps me sleep.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984. Ovarian cysts dx 1994, migraines dx 1996, allergies (including food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (sligtly different than true food allergies), Astham dx 1984, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia Sx 1987
 
Entocort 9mg, Pentasa 2.5 g, Remicade every 8 weeks, miralax, metamucil capsules, Elavil 100 mg, Zanaflex 4 mg, asmanex, singulair, foltix, probiotics
As needed: Albuterol inhaler, relpax, nebulizer (albuterol ), have an Epi-pen but hope I never have to use one.

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