Taking Amitriptyline for Pain?

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by

Considering taking amitriptyline for pain or migraines? When pain in your head and body is beyond the help of normal over the counter medicines, it is natural to want to ease your pain so you can function and live a normal life. Pain that can cause you to miss time from work and having to seclude yourself from loved ones needs to be addressed.

However, before you consider taking any medication it is important to consider the affect that it may have on your body even though it may relieve pain. This article is written to help the reader understand amitriptyline and its affects on pain.


What is Amitriptyline?

Amitriptyline is an antidepressant and works on the brain by affecting the nerve cells to reduce the amount of pain to the body. Amitriptyline can be effective in easing pain and migraines because it prevents chemicals in the brain from being absorbed into the nerve cells that cause pain. This can help ease depression and pain in the body.

Amitriptyline Side Effects

Unfortunately, with all medications, there can be side affects. Taking amitriptyline for pain can cause many similar side affects when taking anti-depressants. These side effects can be minor and include feeling drowsy, having a dry mouth, stomach problems including nausea, vomiting, and constipation.

The more severe side effects of amitriptyline include symptoms affecting the skin (rash or hives, swelling in the face, jaundice), the mind (hallucinations, mood changes, and panic attacks). In extreme cases it can affect your mental state and for some, can increase suicidal thoughts.

In addition to the side effects, it could take several weeks for the effectiveness of the medicine to help much less make a difference.

Before taking amitriptyline for pain, consider alternative methods for treating pain including meditation, acupuncture, massage, and other methods that can limit or avoid the use of medications that can increase other physical problems. For more information on alternative methods of pain relief, sign up for our free report, “Winning Your War Against Pain.”

Amitriptyline for Pain


7 Responses to Taking Amitriptyline for Pain?

  1. Annie Orre had this to say about that:

    I suffer from pudendal nerve pain in the pelvis and volvadynia (spelling?) Low abdominal pain although have had many tests such as CT scan, and ultrasound. I have been on a low dose of Amatriptylene for a month but found it gave me a dry mouth and made me feel drowsy in the morning. I also felt a bit teary and with mood changes, and didn’t like that much. As it was only 5 mg per night it seems a bit strange. I stopped about 6 days ago and my mood feels better. I have this pain for about 4 months and drag myself each day. Am going to a pelvic physiotherapist tomorrow. Is there anything else I can do, though I have read about acupuncture, but am not too keen on the idea of that.
    Cheers, Annie

  2. penny charman had this to say about that:

    I was in a severe car accident that has left me with chronic pain in back and neck, including constant headaches some dizziness…. i have tried naproxen and that left me with severe abdominal pain and unable to take nsaids any longer, which has left me taking pantaloc daily now. i have been recently given nortriptyline which caused night terrors, inabilit to reach rem sleep and did nothing for my pain symptoms. now amitriptyline has been prescribed and i don’t understand how this medication can help with the pain symptoms. is it worth taking or should an alternative medication be tried. i am currently in physio, including accupunture, exercise, massage therapy and traction for the past 6 months.

  3. Christine berry had this to say about that:

    Would like more information re pain releif

  4. ken olsen had this to say about that:

    This information was a little bit late, as I needed medical help to pas a motion after taking amitriptyline and other like medication for pain all down my left leg. I no longer take this type of medication.
    Thankyou ken

    • admin had this to say about that:

      We are so glad you are no longer in pain and don’t have to take amitriptyline. Take Care!

  5. mary macquarie had this to say about that:

    i take amitriptyline 50mgs at night to help me go to sleep also for pain that i have from arthritus,but i find it hard to get up in the morning,would this drug be the cause of this

    • admin had this to say about that:

      We are so sorry that you’re in pain! All drugs have some type of side effects so definitely check the information that came with the medicine and if you continue to have problems see your doctor.

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