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Old 04-17-2002, 06:57 PM   #1
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Post Has anyone tried Amitriptyline for the prevention of migraines?

Hi there! I'm new to these boards and looking for some fellow migraine sufferers to share ideas with. I am 28 and have been suffering from severe migraines for four years. They have become so frequent that my doctor has prescribed 10 mg of amitriptyline every night to try to prevent the migraine attacks. I am wondering if anyone else has tried this protocol, and if so, what kind of results did you have?

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Old 04-17-2002, 10:17 PM   #2
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Some meds work well for some people but not well for others. I think the best advice is to give it time to see what it does for you. If it is not doing the job after about 4 weeks then the doctor should try something else as there are many things that can be used for preventative medicine. I would assume you have been thoroughly examined by a Neurologist to rule out any problems that may be causing your migraines. Good Luck.

 
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Old 04-18-2002, 03:00 AM   #3
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10mg of amatriptline has been a life saver for me, it took 4 years of experiementing with differnet drugs but i was having short migrane attacks every few seconds, they were so intense i couldn't breath during them but now since i have taken them i on;y get one or two a day

 
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Well, I have been on the amitriptyline for two weeks now and haven't noticed anything different yet as far as migraines go, although I do seem to be sleeping better. Thanks for the input and I will post again in a couple of weeks.

 
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I didn't see a difference with it until I was give 20 mg. The 10 mg just wasn't enough for me. Talk to your doc, maybe he will increase your dose for a while to see if it helps.

 
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I was on 25mg of 'Tryp for my migraines and it worked a charm...only problem was it made me WAY too tired the next day and I was unable to cope with raising my son. I tried going a lower dosage, but it didn't work at all...the 25mg seemed to do the trick, but I can't be on it or I'm a complete zombie the next day, so I'm now back to square one. Good luck to you though! I hope it works out ok.

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Hi Amy,

Thanks for your reply. My doctor told me I could take 10, 20, or 30 mg (I have the 10 mg tablets) so I started taking two a week ago. A few days this week I was totally in a fog and work - really fatigued! - so I am trying to now take the pills right after dinner instead of a couple of hours before bed time. I am definitely sleep a lot better, which is a great side effect because I am a very light sleeper. Thanks for the good wishes :-)

 
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Trish3

How is it going with the Amitriptyline. I am thinking of giving it a try. I am real sensitive to meds and was wondering if the 10mg. dose at bedtime worked for you. I can't be sleepy at work.

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Hi Joyceanne,

I am happy with the amitryptiline. I am taking 20 mg after dinner and am sleeping better. I now wake up feeling refreshed rather than groggy. As far as migraine prevention, one trigger for me is hormones and I expected to get a migraine Monday or Tuesday. I got one on Tuesday, but it was quite mild. The pain was in the same spot and was annoying, but not nearly as sharp and pounding. I took one dose of Zomig and it went away in half an hour. Anyway, my doctor said the amitryptiline works in about 60% of patients. I think it's worth a try!!!

 
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I have been taking amitriptyline for a little over 2 weeks now and I have noted feeling a little better but nothing signficant yet. I was not diagnosed with migraines. In fact, the doctors I've seen can't seem to come up with a bonafide diagnosis. My primary care doctor needed a CT scan to diagnose sinusitis. His meds didn't work for me so on I went to an ENT specialist who looked at my CT films and showed me my sinus abnormalities and suggested surgery. She couldn't guarantee the my sinus problem was causing the headaches nor that surgery would cure the headaches. Instead she said the headaches could either get better or I would experience a different type of headache - whatever that means! I wanted a 2nd opinion before going into something as drastic as surgery so I went to a neurologist who prescribed Elavil (amitriptyline). He thinks I either have atypical migraine or a cranial neuralgia. I just don't know what to do. Should I have the sinus surgery? I think I'm going to give the amitriptyline a month or so to work and if I don't feel it has made a significant difference than I will probably go ahead with the surgery to see if my sinuses are doing this to me. It doesn't seem possible since this pain is sharp, jab-like pain in my temples and sinus headaches tend to be dull and aching. Anyone out there know about ethmoid sinusitis (what I have) and if it can cause sharp, intermittent, jab pains in the temples?

 
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I have never used amitriptyline, but I have heard good things about it. I believe it is an antideppresant that is good for migraines and tension- type headaches.
It's pupose is to treat not only the headache but the undelying cause. I would give it some time and if it doesn't work, your dr. will probably increase your dose. Good luck!!

 
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amatripyline has been a godsend for me, i have had a constant migrane for 6 years, but i was getting these other attacks when i would get a stabbing pain lasting afew seconds and being so intense i couldn't breath, i would get about 5 or 6 of them a minite, spent 4 years trying different drugs then went onto amatrip, 25mg (but made me tachycardic so now on 10), i still have a constant migrane but those stabbing attacks, i get maybe one or two a week if that. I couldn't live with out amatriptyline, i know we are all different and different things work for different people but i recomend people try it

 
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I have been on Amitriptyline for a few months now for other reasons. It doesn't do anythign for my migranes, just makes me tired. I have a pill called Butalbital for migranes, its amazing, a life saver

 
Old 09-02-2002, 02:46 PM   #14
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Hi,

I have never taken Amitryptyline for migraines, but my doc prescribed it for me to help me sleep and also for my stomach problems. I take 75mg at night to help me sleep and it has seemed to help my stomach quite a lot. I do get migraines as well, so next time I get one, I'll take some and see what happens.

 
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I am on amitryptyline to prevent migraines. The protocol as outlined by my neurologist is that you begin with a low dose (say 10mg) and then increase it until you find some relief. The amount you need depends on the individual. It does not work at all for some people. Because I have asthma it is the safest thing for me to take, but my neurologist did mention that there are other families of meds that are more useful for the majority of people... propanolol is one he mentioned.
Note to SuperSarah: amitryptyline will not work to stop a migraine once it starts, it is only meant to help prevent them from starting. Once it starts, you need to use a different med that is specifically for stopping an attack.
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