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Amitriptyline Tapering

The Alternative to Meds Center has helped many who needed help with amitriptyline tapering, and have provided great relief for those who have had difficulty finding a facility that can correctly administer amitriptyline tapering. The Alternative to Meds Center inpatient programs are designed to allow the client the opportunity of getting off amitriptyline (and similar drugs) safely and gently, in a nurturing social setting.

When amitriptyline came onto the market in the 1960s, it was hailed with a wave of enthusiasm, in stark contrast to medical opinion today. Shockingly, amitriptyline was named “the gold standard of antidepressants” in 2001 ( issue #278) of the British Journal of Psychiatry. Today, amitriptyline is more known for the documented number of fatalities by suicide connected to this drug. Amitriptyline is ranked #1 for deaths by suicide, as well as quite a host of other problems. Amitriptyline is one of the antidepressants known as TCAs, or tricyclic antidepressants, and is believed to be so toxic by many in the healthcare field today that it is often considered an antidepressant of last resort, rather than the aforementioned gold standard. (1)

Gradual Amitriptyline Cessation

Stopping amitriptyline can be extremely stressful and even dangerous when done too quickly. Too often, a person looking for help with getting off amitriptyline is offered substitute pills instead of an avenue that supports amitriptyline tapering so that their medication could be reduced and even eliminated altogether. Indeed, without proper preparation and comprehensive care, withdrawal from amitriptyline could be considered intolerable. After all, it could be considered inhumane just to take a person off medication and leave them to suffer. And suffering can include not only the amitriptyline withdrawal symptoms, but additionally suffer as their old symptoms return.

How to Get Off Amitriptyline Properly

How to get off amitriptyline properly must include a gradual taper to mitigate harsh withdrawals, but it would be ideal to also provide therapies and corrective protocols that reduce a person’s original symptoms as well.

There are few truly helpful resources for those who were once hopeful about amitriptyline treatment, but who now find themselves in despair over the burden of chemical dependence. Getting off amitriptyline does not have to be torturous if one can find the right kind of help. Trying to quit amitriptyline by oneself without competent assistance is sometimes too difficult for success. Amitriptyline cessation can be arduous and near to impossible without understanding how to lessen and avoid the physical and mental stress that can accompany the process.

In the main, physicians have not received training on how to help a person get off amitriptyline. In an effort to help, a physician may simply prescribe some substitute medications, or even advise their patients to continue taking medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms from stopping amitriptyline. Doctors are trying their best. But they are simply not generally trained in this field. Thankfully, some institutions are beginning to add this type of training for medical students and previously trained and licensed doctors who may have had this omitted from their education. (3)

The Alternative to Meds Center Offers Safe Amitriptyline Tapering Treatment

However, there is no need to despair any longer, because the best of help is available today in our luxurious, world-class inpatient facility. The staff at the center are dedicated to helping every one of our clients toward their goals of improved natural mental health, which means not only a reduction or elimination of medication, but overall improvements to health without relying on prescription drugs. Our clients can enjoy the benefits of reducing or stopping amitriptyline safely and comfortably, and can also begin to enjoy the healthy changes that occur with correction and rebuilding of natural neurochemistry, routinely done for each client in the program.

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Toxic Drug Treatment vs Natural Mental Health Goals

According to clinical studies that have been done over the last 6 decades, amitriptyline is among a handful of antidepressant drugs that are believed to be extremely toxic to human neurochemistry. (2) Even so, amitriptyline has been marketed over the last 60 years for many purposes apart from depression and anxiety. Dogs and cats now are prescribed amitriptyline as a pain killer after surgery or if a pet is exhibiting “separation anxiety” when their owner leaves for work in the morning. Humans are also prescribed amitriptyline “off-label” for an ever-lengthening list of conditions including for treating insomnia, back pain, preventing migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and one of the more disturbing ones, to treat bedwetting in very young children, and this despite the FDA black box warning that states amitriptyline hydrochloride is not approved for pediatric patients. (4)

Those trying to quit amitriptyline deserve deft and careful management for their safety and comfort. The programs for amitriptyline tapering at the Alternative to Meds Center use an extensive array of protocols that have clearly shown they can significantly ease what might otherwise be a difficult process of withdrawal from amitriptyline and other medications. Each client has their program uniquely designed for their individual needs, choosing the best blend of these protocols to ensure that every client receives maximum benefits from round-the-clock care, plus the highest possible level of comfort and safety. Some of these protocols include:

  • testing for neurotoxicity followed by gentle effective removal of neurotoxins
  • nutritional testing, monitoring, clean diet and supplementation to provide the correct balance of vitamins and minerals for optimum CNS and brain health
  • highest quality licensed physician care and 24/7 clinical oversight throughout the amitriptyline tapering process
  • many holistic adjunct therapies during the program for physical comfort and healing, i.e. therapeutic massage, Reiki, acupressure, mineral baths, etc.
  • educational components to provide an excellent grasp of how to get off amitriptyline safely, in the context of learning the basics of creating healthy neurochemistry
  • counseling and life coaching of a mild nature designed to help gently restore order and balance to life, plus enhance the ability to move forward with optimism

Find Out More About the Alternative to Meds Amitriptyline Tapering Programs

Please contact us for more details on the very comprehensive treatment plans available to anyone wishing to experience a surprisingly comfortable and gentle amitriptyline tapering program in a nurturing and welcoming world-class inpatient facility designed to help our clients attain natural mental health.

  1. From the book, “Principles and Practices of Sleep Medicine, 5th ed. “,, by authors Christian Guilleminault and Michelle T. Cao, published in 2011, accessed Sept 27, 2019.
  2. Article “Acute Amitriptyline Withdrawal and Hyponatraemia, A Case Report”,, published Jan 1993, accessed Sept 27, 2019.
  3. New Alcohol Withdrawal Training for Doctors published 29 Aug 2018,, accessed Sept 28, 2019.
  4. FDA Black Box Label Amitriptyline published by manufacturer Sandoz,085969s084,085968s096,085971s075,085967s076,085970s072lbl.pdf, accessed Sept 28, 2019.

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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