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A 20-year-old male asked:

Is amitriptyline used to help sleep?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes, but...: Yes, it may be prescribed just as a sleep aid, but there are many better choices. Melatonin, Trazodone, Benadryl are safe alternatives. Restoril, Ambien, and Sonata (zaleplon) are alternatives as well but are riskier given potential for abuse, withdrawal, dependence, and daytime sedation the following day.
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Sometimes: It can definitely aid in sleeping as it has significant drowsy side effects, but is usually prescribed to help with another condition like chronic fibromyalgia pain or other neurological pain like migraines sometimes with the added benefit of also helping you sleep. I'm sure there are some doctors out there who may prescribe it for the sole purpose of being a sleep aid.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: In this situation, it's side effect of sedation is used to aid sleep.

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Last updated Feb 27, 2018


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