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Hey, this is probs a good one for medics lol.

Basically, i suffer with really bad migraines and i suffer quite a lot. Ive been to see my doctor today and hes prescribed me "Amitriptyline", it says on the leaflet inside that this is from a group of anti-depressants and is also a treatment mainly for depression. I don't have depression. SO... medics... is this medicine used for migraines as well?

Thanks for any help, i don't really want to start taking them before ive had confirmation that they're alright as ive heard anti-depressants can get addictive and i dont want to be addicted to them lol.

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Im not a medic but i was given this before by my pain specialist to help with pain at night so that i could sleep better. So i think its also used as a pain killer. Although i was in a lot of pain i got scared by the side effects.
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Im not a medic but i was given this before by my pain specialist to help with pain at night so that i could sleep better. So i think its also used as a pain killer. Although i was in a lot of pain i got scared by the side effects.
yeah some of the side effects are a bit worrying. Did you ever have any of the side effects?

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can't really help you with this aspect but i'm sure it'll be used for migraines as well, doctors tend to know their stuff

i was prescribed something for nausea (i can't remember the exact name) and when i read the leaflet it seemed mainly prescribed for schizophrenia...
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yeah some of the side effects are a bit worrying. Did you ever have any of the side effects?

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i was so scared i never took them.
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Amitriptyline is most commonly used for depression and also bed wetting, but yes, tricyclic anti-depressants like amitriptyline are sometimes prescribed as a treatment for migraine prophylaxis.
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yeah some of the side effects are a bit worrying. Did you ever have any of the side effects?

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The only thing I got was feeling faint and nauseous, but then I don't always react to medicine like other people do. They put me on the elderly dose!
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my mum is given it as a muscle relaxant.... allowing her to sleep better at night
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(Original post by x Kelly x)
Hey, this is probs a good one for medics lol.

Basically, i suffer with really bad migraines and i suffer quite a lot. Ive been to see my doctor today and hes prescribed me "Amitriptyline", it says on the leaflet inside that this is from a group of anti-depressants and is also a treatment mainly for depression. I don't have depression. SO... medics... is this medicine used for migraines as well?

Thanks for any help, i don't really want to start taking them before ive had confirmation that they're alright as ive heard anti-depressants can get addictive and i dont want to be addicted to them lol.

Thanks

x Kelly x
i think i might be able to help you on this one as i'm a med student and have actually taken these tablets before!

they are used for 'neuropathic' pain or pain relating to the nerves/brain etc as well as the other things they say they're used for

my own experience:
- they made a huge difference to me as i'd had a headache every day for about a year before i started taking them and by the end i had none at all
- side effects: dry mouth and that was all
- only other problem: i had a lot of trouble getting myself off of them, had bad withdrawal symptoms so had to take it very slowly
- my sister also took these but had no problems at all
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Yes. It's used to treat neuropathic pain as well as depression.

Beware, however: withdrawal from TCAs is a *****.
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I was on it for nerve pain, low dose, 10mg. Didn't work.
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It is perfectly fine What doseage are you on ?
I take it for insomnia, it can be used to treat a whole load of things
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(Original post by beckaboos.)
my mum is given it as a muscle relaxant.... allowing her to sleep better at night
:ditto: i was given them for the same reason.

My dad was also given them to ease nerve pain. they are a magical pill what can we say! apparently they are only a mild anti depressent.
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Yeah they are only mild. I was given them at 17 because I wasn't allowed a proper AD. I also took them for insomnia.
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They're a tricyclic antidepressant. Tricyclic antidepressants are supposed to be particularly good for neuropathic pain (aka nerve pain). There are a few other drugs that are used for a neuropathic pain, where the main purpose isn't a painkillers, some epilepsy drugs are very good for pain (e.g gabapentin or pregablin)

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I took it for about 2 months, it was hellish to get off.
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Oh my days lol... thank you sooo much for all your help guys! I think ill start taking them then, it just shocked me when i saw the Anti depressant, i thought he might have misheard me when i said i wasnt depressed haha.

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@ Hannah_X... im on a dosage of 10mg, which is the elderly dosage, but i am only 17 which could be why.

I was reading the leaflet and it said withdrawl symptoms can be quite high, it also said to follow the doctors advice when coming off them, ie coming off them slowly.

I really hope they do work, becuase my migraines are unbareable at the moment!!!

How long do you think it'll be before i see a difference if i start taking them tonight? I normally get a proper migraine( not a bad headache) 1-2 a week and normally they last at least 48 hours

Thank you so much guys
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(Original post by x Kelly x)
Oh my days lol... thank you sooo much for all your help guys! I think ill start taking them then, it just shocked me when i saw the Anti depressant, i thought he might have misheard me when i said i wasnt depressed haha.

Ill write a list of the names and rep you all

@ Hannah_X... im on a dosage of 10mg, which is the elderly dosage, but i am only 17 which could be why.

I was reading the leaflet and it said withdrawl symptoms can be quite high, it also said to follow the doctors advice when coming off them, ie coming off them slowly.

I really hope they do work, becuase my migraines are unbareable at the moment!!!

How long do you think it'll be before i see a difference if i start taking them tonight? I normally get a proper migraine( not a bad headache) 1-2 a week and normally they last at least 48 hours

Thank you so much guys
i was on the 50mg dosage before it made any difference (tried 25mg first), i seem to remember it taking a few weeks before it made much of a difference, but once it did!!!!!!! NB. i was 15 at the time

re: withdrawal: i did it without the doctors help apart from making sure i had a variety of strengths to work down with and it still took a couple of months to get off them. (was my first attempt that i got the withdrawal symptoms as i went too fast, slowly was no problem)
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Yep same dosage as I was on then. Shouldn't be too hard to come off it. As kate0904 said, it prob will be about 2 weeks to see any effect.
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(Original post by x Kelly x)
Hey, this is probs a good one for medics lol.

Basically, i suffer with really bad migraines and i suffer quite a lot. Ive been to see my doctor today and hes prescribed me "Amitriptyline", it says on the leaflet inside that this is from a group of anti-depressants and is also a treatment mainly for depression. I don't have depression. SO... medics... is this medicine used for migraines as well?

Thanks for any help, i don't really want to start taking them before ive had confirmation that they're alright as ive heard anti-depressants can get addictive and i dont want to be addicted to them lol.

Thanks

x Kelly x
Hey, I got prescribed it to try and help moderade sleep (I have ME), so yeah, it's used for things other than depression. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I was told, it's not as adictive in small quantities as something like Prozac for example.
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