I just wanted to share my experience coming off amitriptyline. It's been a bit of a revelation to me.
I was originally prescribed it to help with three things:
- Aches and joint pains.
I'd been on it since September last year, starting at 25 mg and working up to 100mg, when I decided I need a change. I went back to my doctor to ask for a change in medication because I was feeling very depressed and although I was sleeping, it was very hard to get to sleep and I hoped to try something else. He told me to wean myself off it slowly and gave me a new prescription to try at the end of month.
But then another health test complicated matters, I had to do a 24hr urine test which required that I be off anti-depressants for 3 days prior.
So I went cold turkey.
It's now been four days since my last anti-depressant and I feel great.
Turns out that they were depressing me in more ways than one. My brain fog has cleared and I can talk again (longer than 30mins). I'm back. I'm me again. I know I'll still be the same person this afternoon and won't be a complete mess if someone calls or stops by. I wake up and after 10mins I'm already really awake and myself again (it can be disappointing, just one day I'd like to wake up and be Jessica Alba or Scarlet Johansson).
It's such a relief and while my body is still pretty broken I finally feel awake and like I could actually do something with my mind. Which is why I'm writing this blog...
The only downside is that the sleeping hasn't really come back but I'm going to wait a bit and see if my natural body rhythm re-establishes itself after a bit longer off the amitriptyline.
Needless to say, I am keen to stay off anti-depressants.
Well I'm off to bed, I am hoping to get an early night. I have a psychologist appointment in the morning, I guess I might still need it. Seems a bit ironic, last week when I went to the appointment there was a mix up and she wasn't there. This week I feel really well and stable and have trouble remembering what I had trouble with last week.