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I am a 53 yo female with lower back pain and insomnia. i have amitriptyline 10 mg. if it doesn't help me fall asleep can i take 5 mg ambien also? i a

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Dr. Galina Nikolskaya answered

Specializes in Neurology

Depends: These two medicines can be taken together but you may end up feeling more groggy/drowsy then you want in AM. 10 mg of amitriptyline is a starting dose,instead of combining the two drugs, increasing the dose of it may be a better option. But before you up that dosage, talk to you doctor about the best plan of action, especially if you have any other issues like kidney or heart disease.

Answered 3/19/2021



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