Hi LRDosier and welcome. I have been taking 100 mg of amitriptyline for over 12 yrs, it is in the same class of anti-depressants as nortriptyline, tricycle anti-depressants. I was on it when I was dxd with fibro for depression and anxiety. These meds can be used for several different things including sleep and pain along with depression and anxiety. I didn't think it was doing anything for me til I decided to cut back a little almost two years ago and went into a horrible burning flare for two weeks til the full amount got into my system again. I don't seem to have as much pain as many with fibro do but don't know if it is really the ami or I just don't have as much pain since we all vary. The only way to find out is trying to slowly cut back again and see what happens and not sure I want to risk that.
Tramadol didn't do anything for me but we are all different and what does or doesn't work for one doesn't mean it won't work for others. This really is trial and error to find what works.
I think I am the queen of medphobia on here so I totally understand wanting info on meds before you put them in your body. I do have vicodin on hand if I have pain that I can't stand but haven't had to take any for quite awhile. Found out it doesn't do anything for my terrible headaches and that is one of my biggest complaints.
I hope the nortriptyline helps with sleep and with the pain. I'm sure your doc started you out on a low dose.
luv and hugs
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