I've been on 100mg of amitriptyline for 11 yrs (that's why I can finally spell it, hehe). I also take 1 1/2 mg xanax at bedtime. I take them both about a half hour before I go to bed and usually I'm asleep within an hour. If I'm over stimulated in the evenings it takes me longer to go to sleep so I try to have a relaxing evening, doesn't always work with my family. I don't have children at home so it's easier for me to relax. If I had gotten fibro when I had a house full of kids to get ready for bed I probably would have never slept.
But I do wake in the early morning hours around 3 or 4 and it takes me a little while to go back to sleep, sometimes I take another half xanax to get back to sleep. Xanax only works for about 6 hrs for me. I can't remember the last time I slept for 12 hrs, it sounds like heaven to me but I probably would be groggy all day if I slept that long. I get about 6 or 7 hrs of sleep a night. Sometimes I remember dreaming.
I wouldn't up the ami without your doc's approval. I do believe it helps my pain.
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