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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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