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no Deep Sleep: alternatives to Amitriptyline?

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  • Posted By: tohorizon
  • June 13, 2011
  • 07:07 PM

Does anybody have experiences with alternatives to Amitriptyline? Apparently a part of fibromyaligia I suffer from near inability to get into deep sleep, i.e. part of my brain/mind doesn't ever shut down (my specialist calls it "alpha- EEG anomaly", I haven't heard many people using this term). Yoga, meditation, diet changes, supplements, etc. have helped a bit but the only thing that has truly made a difference is Amitriptyline (Elavil, Tryptizol, Laroxyl, Sarotex, Lentizol; a tricyclic antidepressant), which I've taken for 4 years (50mg at 8pm). No herbal remedies or supplements have ever worked.

The Amitriptyline stopped working six months ago, with side-effects getting terribly strong (feeling hungover, depressed). I'm back to a life as cursed zombie! So far I've tried being off medication, Mirtazapine (Remeron, Avanza, Zispin; a tetracyclic antidepressant) and 5-HTP as alternatives to the Amitriptyline, no bearable changes so far. Any ideas?

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  • Hi. i read your posting about sleep problemes. I used to have sleep disturbance. My rheumy sent me to a sleep clinic and they put me on CPAP machine . For the first time in my life I had a full night sleep. Since I have what I considere as good night sleep. my machine register about 6 hours of good sleep. It did not help my fibro that much but my mood a lot and I have more energy. Can tolorate a bit more pain without rescue meds.I could lower the elavil by half. My experience with it is more than good Google CPAP Been there
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