A IS FOR AMITRIPTYLINE
So last night I was pondering about what to tell you next and spent some time writing a plan for the rest of the month. When I woke up this morning all fuzzy headed from the meds but after a GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP I thought hang on! I have a better idea. An A to Z of Lupus would probably cover most bases (highly original I know!) and since the cause of my sleep and fuzzy head were down to something beginning with A… here we go
AMITRIPTYLINE is an old school anti-depressant drug that is rarely used for that any more but has been found to be effective for pain relief and a sleep aid in diseases such as Lupus. My understanding is that the dosage is much lower. When I googled it I found that it is used for bed wetting, migraine, peripheral neuropathy and cervical spondylosis! I have only found reference to use for Lupus if my search includes Lupus AND amitriptyline (which is not easy to write!) As for many drugs used to treat Lupus, this is also not Lupus specific ( I will cover the others as they come along) and opens up the conundrum of why it is so difficult to diagnose Lupus, to get the correct balance of drugs for the individual and perhaps why it remains incurable since there is so much as yet unexplained! Research is ongoing to develop a drug with a specific use and I will talk more on this tomorrow.
What I do know is that-
- it reduces night time pain
- it helps me sleep
- I wake up with a fuzzy head and dry mouth (I am happy to trade these side effects for a good night’s sleep)
- it works for me!
Lots of links to read more on this but here is one to get you started (should you feel moved!) and explains pretty well why it is effective in pain relief.
See you tomorrow!