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   Posted 3/13/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone take this med? If so, how many do you take, what is your dosage, and how often do you take them? What do they do for you, how do they help? Any side effects? Thank you!
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   Posted 3/14/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter who is 16, takes this at bedtime to help her sleep. She takes 10 mg and we have not had any side effects. She was just put back on it 2 days ago. She decided that she didnt have fibro and didnt need any meds a couple of months ago. I sure wish you could just decide not to have fibro, dont you? Doesnt seem to work though.

She will probably have to up the dose as time goes on, she had to last time.

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   Posted 3/14/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I take it and it has made a huge improvement in my health. I started a year ago. Up until I began taking it I spent most nights since the 70's waking up in the middle of the night. I would be up for hours and only fall back to sleep at dawn. Many of the those nights I was soaking in a bath tub of hot water to help ease the pain and stiffness. My prescription is only 10 mg, but I had to cut it in half because I would feel groggy in the a.m. I know that this amount is very small but it has worked for me. Maybe I will have to take the whole dose eventually but for now I am sleeping through the nights almost every night.

The only negative for me has been a 5lb weight gain which happened quickly but I am trying to cut out some snacking and it seems to be working. I feel so much better now that I am sleeping more that the positive out weighs the negative for me.

Hope this helps!
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   Posted 3/14/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on 100 mg of ami for 12 or 13 yrs. I was on it for depression and anxiety when I was dxd with fibro. I credit it for me not having as pain as many do. Lowered my dose a little two years ago and went into the worst flare I've ever had for two weeks til the full dose got into my system.
If you google amitriptyline in the 'google custom search' right under 'Join HealingWell' at the top of the page it will bring up all the old threads on it. I know there was one recently about it.
Side effects for me have been even dryer mouth than normal and craving sweets but I have been fortunate in not gaining weight from it. I do know it is really hard to get off of when you have anxiety cause it causes rebound anxiety, found that out long before I had fibro and pain was an issue too. The smaller the dose you are on the easier it is to go off of. I was on 25 mg off and on over many years and going off when I didn't feel like I needed it anymore was easier but I didn't have fibro then.
I would like to get off of it so I could try some of the newer meds that are out but don't know if I will ever be able to do that.
Kirsten's mom, maybe it was helping your daughter with the pain is why she decided she didn't have fibro any longer.
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   Posted 3/14/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kristen'smom,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. You have come to a wonderful site with many kind and compassionate members. We are like a family here, have some good times together, I am glad that you have joined us. Feel free to start an introductory thread if you would like. We would all like to get to know you better.

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   Posted 3/14/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried amitriptyline half the smallest pill and had great results as far as helping me sleep, but this is a med that stays in the system for many hours, and I had thought of suicide the next day. I called my doc in a panic and he said to stop it immediately and never take any type of antidepressant again.

I wish I could take something. Being able to sleep really helps with the fibro pain.

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