Re: Withdrawal from Elvail/Amitriptyline...Chronic Insomnia
I was on Evavil for a few months (and Pamelor, which is a similar drug), and it actually made me sleep TOO much... This was one of the first drugs (besides topamax and a couple of others) that I tried for my migraines. At the time, I was being seen by the headache center at Thomas Jefferson, which is suppose to be the best of the best. I beg to differ, but anyway, I was quite young then, probably 18 or 19, and my Mom too me to my follow up and said, "You have to take her off of this medication, she's a zombie, she doesn't get out of bed, and this is worse than the pain that she's been in, you've actually made her worse! It doesn't help her pain AND she's a zombie!" And because the first fix that they threw at me didn't help a bit, Thomas Jefferson wiped their hands at me, telling me they couldn't help me, so that I didn't confuse their precious statistics. What a joke that place was.
For the record, every person that I've talked to that went to Thomas Jefferson and wasn't helped by the first treatment they offered, was asked to leave, and when I explained this to my PCP, she said she and a couple of the other doctors in her practice had come across the same thing, if they can help you the first time (even if it's a just a small amount) they are great, if their treatment doesn't work for you, they want to wash their hands of you!