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    I am new, please for give me if this shows up 9 times, I had trouble getting logged on...

    Ok here is my question - Is it better to go cold turkey or take one less pill at a time, tapering off? I am on a very low dose to begin with and have been through nicotine withdrawl - not pretty but I survived and now want to kick this one but not sure how to approach it. I cant afford see my dr as I no longer have health insurance. should I just recognize not matter what, after the last pill there will be withdrawl? part of me thinks so, so why prolong the pain - just get it over with...any thoughts about it???
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    Hey PFITZ..welcome aboard....the ..well, THE BOARD!!
    I am not familiar with this drug, just googled it. THis drug is an anti depressant as I am sure you know. I did not see anything pertaining to a physical addiction/ or any withdrawal commentary???
    Have you tried to put his down before and ran into trouble with physical symptoms?
    Generally speaking,,IF NOT NOW, WHEN? So I believe just running out and not getting more sounds like a stellar plan!!
    What else can ya tell me about this ?
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    Hi PFITZMAL. Can I suggest to you that you may want to try to post over at BDR as well, (sister benzo site above) since they are very familiar with AD and Anti-Anxiety meds. If you go to the top of this screen where it says in RED "NEW DETOX RECOVERY FORUMS", to the right of that is the blue BENZO link. You'll have to reregister again, but can use your same name/password. Jana is the admin there and if you set up a thread there too and post the same question, hopefully you can get some answers from both forums! I can tell you though that it is not recommended to CT any anti depressants or anti anxiety meds. A slow taper/titration is best. If there is anything you can add to the above post as Para suggested, it will be helpful to our members who may be familiar with the drug. Is Amitriptyne like Prozac? Good luck to you. Lisa

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    quote:Originally posted by pfitzmal

    Hi,

    I am new, please for give me if this shows up 9 times, I had trouble getting logged on...

    Ok here is my question - Is it better to go cold turkey or take one less pill at a time, tapering off? I am on a very low dose to begin with and have been through nicotine withdrawl - not pretty but I survived and now want to kick this one but not sure how to approach it. I cant afford see my dr as I no longer have health insurance. should I just recognize not matter what, after the last pill there will be withdrawl? part of me thinks so, so why prolong the pain - just get it over with...any thoughts about it???
    thanks
    Pfitzy
    Hi & welcome to ODR:)

    Amitriptyline...aka Elavil...is an old AD; a tricyclic. Its uses more recently have been more on the order for aid in sleep and as a nerve pain blocker as well as use in children who suffer from nighttime enuresis.

    I'm not very familiar with WD symptoms except for sleep disturbance. Can you tell us what dose you're on (75mg?) and for how long? What was the Elavil originally prescribed for?

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    Hi Pfitz...I was using Amitriptyline h.c 25 mgs 3 x a day together with Tramadol but I didnt like the Amy so just stopped but then it was for pain...and not anxiety....I think you should just go on a taper...all the best Jim

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    Arlene is right it's old school Elavil. Some people love it, others don't tolerate it well. Mainly prescribe for depression. I would NOT cold turkey!! I do recommend you try to see your doctor if you can. If it's been working for you in regards to depression you probably need to stay on it unless you're having problems with it now.

    To answer your question...my opinion is cold turkey is NOT a good option.

    Good Luck,

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    quote:Originally posted by Nomadic

    Arlene is right it's old school Elavil. Some people love it, others don't tolerate it well. Mainly prescribe for depression. I would NOT cold turkey!! I do recommend you try to see your doctor if you can. If it's been working for you in regards to depression you probably need to stay on it unless you're having problems with it now.

    To answer your question...my opinion is cold turkey is NOT a good option.

    Good Luck,

    nomadic
    I agree with nomadic 100%, if you are determined and feel able to cope without the a/d's then I would consult a doctor first though. It also really depends on what they were prescribed for and for what duration you have been taking them for.

    CT is a bad idea, Normally (brit) doc's recommend a weekly reduction for a/d's, the only a/d that my doc let me ct from, was fluoxetine (prozac) presumably because of it's long half life??(or he couldn't be asse* to taper my shedule)

    I am sure if you dig deep enough on the net you will find the answers you are looking for, try searching 'wikipedia' for Amitriptyline.

    IMO CT is a BAD idea.

    Good luck

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    Thanks for all the input!

    I was originally put on this drug for several reasons, long term pain, sleeplessness and slight depression and anxiety. Originally, I was on 25 mg and after feeling like a zombie for a few months I asked to take it down. I have been on 10 mg for over 15 years. Recently I seem to be having negative effects that other people in my life say are being caused by the drug. The first time I tried to quit I was in tears from day 2 and 3 and just gave up and went back on the meds. This was like 5 years ago.

    This time though, I made it cold turkey to day 4 and was going through that "I need something" feeling of withdrawl but no sadness or other symptoms. My mate however, was scared by all the web talk of bad things happening if you dont step down off the drug (ha has no adictions and doesn't understand a lot of what I go through to get through a day), which made me seek a group like this out.

    So now I've started talking half doses until I can research this more and learn what I need to to "step down" off this stuff. Thanks so much for everyone's input. I know when I quite smoking the boards like this kept me going, just knowing that what I was going through was the norm and that it wasn't going last forever. That's what I am trying to find out now.

    Has anyone here gotten off this drug? What are the side effects and how long did they last? Am I going to have sleep issues forever or just a short period while coming off this drug? Will I experience problems with my weight? I know I put it on rapidly when I started the pill. Will this be a reverse or am I going to struggle with the chemical imbalance with this like I did with nicotine?
    Just a few of the many questions rolling around in my head
    thanks again for the input
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    My Doctor said that the efficacy of certain a/d's plateau and sometime's become pretty ineffective over time.

    10mg is from what I have read a very low dose that if you did decide to come off should not (in my mind) be too difficult, again I would urge you not to CT but to taper over a few weeks to a month or so.

    Good luck

    Mark

    Im really not sure how effective that 10mg dose after 15 years would be to tell you the truth, but hey I'm no Doctor. The removal of the routine of taking the pill every day is probably your greatest fear.

    If you begin feeling depressed and anxious again after this time without the a/d then ask your doc to maybe prescribe a different a/d, imo low dose i.e. 10 mg citalopram might help.

    This is just my opinion and many may not agree

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    quote:Originally posted by rewobkram


    If you begin feeling depressed and anxious again after this time without the a/d then ask your doc to maybe prescribe a different a/d, imo low dose i.e. 10 mg citalopram might help.

    This is just my opinion and many may not agree
    generally info..Citalopram is Celexa generic. My mother has been on a few things. She had the best results with this for a long time but everybody is different.

    take care,

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    I'm currently on 150 mg venlafaxine (effexor), and I have made an appointment with my Doctor for Monday afternoon and I am going to ask to go back on to citalopram (celexa).

    After trying a few a/d's I have found that citalopram has greatest effect and far less side effect's (which I am finding out the hard way on effexor).

    Like you said Paul, everyone is different, and they all have different problems for which each anti-depressant has a purpose.

    I have found that a number of Doctor's in the U.K. have used Citalopram as their first course of action at treating depression and anxiety.


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