If you suffer from migraines or tension headaches, then you are probably looking for any possible treatments. Any amount of research will suggest Amitriptyline for headaches. There are side effects so it should be taken with care and only under the advice of a doctor.
What Is Amitriptyline?
Amitriptyline was first discovered in the 1930s. It was created as a treatment for anxiety. In high doses, amitryptiline is an effective treatment for depression. In low doses, it is effective at treating some types of pain, including headaches and migraines. It comes as either a tablet or a liquid.
How Does It Work?
Amitriptyline affects the way the body uses serotonin and norepinephrine. These hormones affect both your mood and how you feel pain. By changing the way the body uses these chemicals, it can reduce sensations of pain.
The medicine does not begin to work immediately. It can take up to six weeks to feel the effects if you are taking Amitriptyline for headaches.
What Are The Side Effects?
The most common side effect of Amitriptyline is drowsiness. This means you should only take it in the evening and before bed. Other common side effects include constipation and dry mouth. Correctly managing your medication can minimise any side effects and prevent them entirely. So it is important to work with an experienced neurologist when taking this medicine. For many people, there are no side effects, and for most others, the effects fade over time.
How To Get Amitriptyline For Headaches
To take Amitriptyline, you need a prescription. It is best to work with a neurologist to find the correct dosage and treatment for your headaches.
If you are ready to try a new treatment for your headaches, make an appointment today with Dr Paviour to find out if Amitriptyline is a suitable treatment for your pain.