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Updated on October 11, 2014


**Please not that I am NOT a trained professional, nor do I pretend to be one. I am; however, the mother of two children who have been put on Amitriptyline to aid them in their sleeping, and to repress the nightmares that they each suffer from. Any information given in this article is strictly informational in nature; therefore, should not be considered as a viable substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of your own healthcare provider.**

My Beautiful Babies

Then and Now
Then and Now

Oh the joys of rearing children!

To know me is to know how truly enjoyable I find being a mother. To me, there is just no other accomplishment that can give the greatest blessings. I struggled early on, though, being a mother. My first child was born in 1990 when I was just 19. I knew I wanted to be a mom; I just didn't fully realize how hard it would be to, not only love a child; but, to rear a child in a good, proper, Biblical way. My last child was born 17 years later, in 2007, and with my baby being Autistic, I had to learn more about patience than ever before. At my age now (43), I still cannot state with 100% certainty that I get everything right. Over the years, I have learned more about myself as I am in my role as mother. I've learned how to sacrifice my time and my sleep, and have learned that a two-minute shower is quite possible. I've learned that during most of the day my children are quite dependent and are able to entertain themselves to a great extent...until I have to use the that moment, when I need just a moment, suddenly my children have regressed to their most independent stages of their lives. Being a mom has it's own daily learning curve; but, I'm getting there, and I'm getting better at my job as I'm getting there.

Amitriptyline (40 mg)
Amitriptyline (40 mg)

Those that must do, do...

I have two young children that take Amitriptyline on a nightly basis.

Michaela has been on Amitriptyline for nearly four months now, and it has helped her greatly with sleep and the repression of nightmares that she was having with too much regularity. The frequency of Michaela's nightmares has decreased to almost nothing, which lets her get a more restful night's sleep without interruption. There have been; however, a dream or two, here or there, that has woken her up, and subsequently she came to wake me up for some comfort.

Jackson has only been on the Amitriptyline for four days, and as such, he is still adjusting to being on something other than Trazodone. Jackson did not necessarily have an issue with nightmares; although, he does wake up about 3-4 times a month due to a horrific dream.

Both Michaela and Jackson have been put on a 40 mg dose, which is still considered a lower dose; just enough to let their bodies and mind relax enough to induce sleep and then let them maintain a steady sleep rhythm throughout the night

An Amitriptyline molecule
An Amitriptyline molecule

On to the science of...

Amitriptyline is known as a tricyclic antidepressant, which consists of chemical compounds used primarily as antidepressants for the treatment of mood disorders such as Anxiety Disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Personality Disorders, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and insomnia, among many others. In addition, Amitriptyline is the most widely used tricyclic antidepressant used in the United States, approved by the FDA on April 7, 1961.

Amitriptyline works as a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, meaning that it selectively inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine equally. Serotonin, remember is responsible for feelings of a good mood and a sense of well being while its counterpart, norepinephrine, is responsible in the role of cognition.

Side Effects (Common and Serious)

Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • weight gain
  • constipation
  • dizziness

Some serious side effects (those requiring immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
  • palpitations
  • seizures

For More Information

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      Thank you very much for the compliment, and the encouragement.

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