Amitriptyline, immediate side effects?

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   Posted 7/29/2015 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw a nurse practioner the other day for my migraines. (She wasn't horrible, but it was typical listen, talk about water, caffeine, sugar, here are pills.) They've been bad enough I had to quit my job. I asked about magnesium, and she was clueless. Offered me amitriptyline or topamax, and asked me to choose. I probed for information, and she did ask if i had depression, anxiety. I said severe pms, and that I've had bad times on antidpressants. She said it's only 10 mg so shouldn't have side effects. First dose was Monday night. Yesterday I was argumentive with my boyfirned, and exhausted. Couldn't think straight. Was up last night until 230, and woke up feeling anxious and on edge. I feel like I'm going to jump out of my skin, and that I'm in a fog.

Is this a side effect that lasts? I hate meds because I tend to always have side effects. My twice a year migraines became more active along with tension headaches, so I don't have a choice. My insurance causes caregivers to not give me the best treatment (first thing she said was I'm not getting disability. I wasn't even asking!), and doesn't always cover alternative choices. I have no clue if I should give it a few more days or go for the Topamax. I read that causes hair loss. Not even sure if she'd write a new script or force me to give it a few more days (Said something like 6 months and follow up isn't for 3 months. No blood work, no nothing. Just here are these meds, have fun, "long boat to China" see you in 3 months)

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   Posted 8/4/2015 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different. If you do not want to call the doc office.

Call the pharmacy and ask.

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   Posted 8/14/2015 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking amitriptyline 30mg per night. Have been on this for 4 years, it took me probably a month to get over the fullness feeling. My doctor suggested weaning off 2 years ago, when I got to 10mg I had severe MAV episode. I am now going through another episode that has now lasted 6 days. Going back to the doctor on Monday. I got out my list for items I should not eat and found I had been eating things not good for me. I just hope by changing my diet again I can find a normal plateau. I am looking for people with similar symptoms so I can get some ideas on how to self heal. Even though I go to a balance specialist no one seems to really understand MAV.

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   Posted 8/31/2015 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking amitriptyline on and off for 3 years. I take 25 mg a night now. Initially I didn't like the side effects and I thought it was causing me to gain weight. That was my least favorite effect. One of my doctors told me amitriptyline makes you want to eat all the time so I stopped taking it for a year and did lose weight. But I started having too many pain issues again and decided it was worth to go back on about a month ago. It does help me sleep too. Um yes it does tend to make you foggy in the morning as well. I think tthat should improve after a few weeks, the 10mg dose definitely causes less side effects than 25mg.

What kind of migraines are you having? Occular or are tthey caused by neck pain? Tmj (jaw pain) tension, do you have auras with yours? Depending on the type I can give you some tips. Also absolutely take magnesium! I take elemental magnesium everyday it also helps relax your muscles. And studies show not getting enough magnesium predisposes you to migraines. And most people in the U.S. typically don't get enough.
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