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change from amitriptyline to nortriptyline

Postby Wackers34 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:47 am

i have been on amitriptyline on and off over past year and a bit with my fibro or CFS - Still not sure which I actually have...Doc has now taken me off it due to lots of mouth and throat problems

I have just started on nortriptyline, I didnt have a break inbetween - i did cut down to 20mg amitriptyline and then did a straight swap onto 20mg nortriptyline - however I just can't sleep...with ami i could sleep a bit, but with nortriptyline i feel wired, i feel anxious, heart racing, all sorts...could this be withdrawl or perhaps side effects...I dont want to have to go to the doc yet again, she is starting to get a bit fed up with my several returns...

Has anyone else tried nortiptyline - has it helped sleep - what are your experiences

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Re: change from amitriptyline to nortriptyline

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:05 pm

When I swapped from amis to noris, my GP said I may feel worse initially until I get used to the noris being in my system. Even tho they are very similar to amis and you can swap straight over from one to the other, a little time is needed to get used to them. If in doubt tho, and you're reluctant to see your GP, asking your friendly~neighbourhood pharmacist (as Lisa has suggested) would be a sensible thing to do.


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Re: change from amitriptyline to nortriptyline

Postby Wackers34 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:09 pm

ok - thanks everyone - I might do that

With the noris did you still take them in the evening?

Its prob side effects then and something I just need to get through :)
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Re: change from amitriptyline to nortriptyline

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:18 pm

Yes, I took them at the same time as my last dose of meds each night. Same with the amis when I was on them too.

It may well be side effects, which should start to ease off after a while. If not, or things are making you feel more concerned, then consider going back to your GP, just to be sure about things.


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Re: change from amitriptyline to nortriptyline

Postby angejane » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:54 pm

I have been on amitriptyline before and went onto nortriptyine. After a few days I ended up with a red itchy face and red hot ears. I went to to the doctors a week later who told me to stop taking them straight away and to take antihistamines for 2 days. I am now trying pregablin. I had to wait a few weeks to go on this though to make sure the other tablets were out of my system.
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Re: change from amitriptyline to nortriptyline

Postby Strawberryswing » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:37 pm

I took Amitriptyline for a couple of years. I was changed onto Nortripyline when Amitripyline became ineffective. I take 75mg at night usually 2-3 hours before bed and I manage to get some sleep. The only side effect is a really dry mouth. I forgot to take it on Sat night and had an awful night. The side effects are different for everyone but if they are troublesome I would ask your pharmacist or GP.
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