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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I have been taking amitriptyline (10 mg) at nighttime for ic pain and help with sleep the last 31 days. Will missing one night's dose be a problem?

I have been taking amitriptyline (10 mg) at nighttime for ic pain and help with sleep the last 31 days.  Will missing one night's dose be a problem?

Probably not: But why are you missing a dose? Did you run out of your prescription? Hoping you can get this refilled tomorrow, especially if it's been helping you. ...Read more

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I cut my amitriptyline dose back from 75 to 50mg a week ago because of side effects. It's for migraines and sleep. When could I cut it back further?

I cut my amitriptyline dose back from 75 to 50mg a week ago because of side effects. It's for migraines and sleep. When could I cut it back further?

Taper amitriptyline?: It's always best to review any changes in your med regimen with your doc. You may want to discuss alternative medication for headaches and insomnia -- or you and your doc may feel these conditions have resolved. Either way, it's important to make sure you only change your meds under the docs supervision. ...Read more

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What's the range of elavil (amitriptyline) dose for sleep ? How does it affect sleep ?

What's the range of elavil (amitriptyline) dose for sleep ? How does it affect sleep ?

10-150 mg. For sleep: Suppress rem to varying degrees slight increase in stage n3 sleep ( used to be stages 3+4, increase total sleep time, decrease wake after sleep onset, decrease, # awakenings, decrease sleep onset latency ( how long it takes to fall asleep). Great website below for this info:473 drug effects on sleep - california state university ... Psych.Fullerton.Edu/mwhite/473pdf/473%20drug%20effects... ...Read more

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Is amitriptyline used to help sleep?

Is amitriptyline used to help sleep?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take amitriptyline to get outta your system if i was only taking 50mg once a day for sleep?

About 4 to 5 days: The half-life of Amitriptyline is from 9 to 27 hours. Assuming the higher number, after one day, there's about 50% left, after two days 25%, after three 12.5% and so on. By the fourth or fifth day, levels would be negligible. ...Read more

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I am taking 12.5 mg of amitriptyline as needed for sleep. average twice a week. is this drug okay to use occasionally?

I am taking 12.5 mg of amitriptyline as needed for sleep.  average twice a week.  is this drug okay to use occasionally?

No real problem: Amitriptyline is often used "off label" due to side effect of drowsiness. You are on a very low dose, and certainly at no risk. Would inform your doctor and discuss, but I would not worry about the anti-cholinergic side effects from such a low dose. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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