Hi, my name is Bob and I'm a new member. I'm hoping somebody here can answer a question for me.

I have some anxiety issues and I've had problems sleeping for years. I've used amitriptyline on and off for it with good results. I have a new Doctor that prescribed 10 mg tablets for me several months ago, but the low dosage isn't working for me. I asked her for a higher dosage and she told me in order to prescribe amitriptyline, I would have to have a sleep study done to basically prove the need for it. I told her that due to my anxiety issues, I'm not having a sleep study done and she told me I can't have them without it.

She already prescribed them for me with no problems, so I don't understand what the issue is. I understand that they're cracking down on certain medicines due to abuse, is amitriptyline one of these drugs? If so, how was she able to prescribe them to me without a sleep study in the first place? I'm very confused and wondering if I should start looking for a new Doctor that would be more willing to help me. I can't go night after night without sleep. I live in New York State, if that makes any difference. Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.

Bob
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replied January 7th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Amitriptyline has no abuse potential. Its helpful in sleep disorder as well. Ideally it should not be prescribed for more than 2 months.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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