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Antidepressants Amitriptyline Withdrawal

Antidepressants are often prescribed without any consideration of what amitriptyline withdrawal might look like. Also, very little attention generally is placed on lifestyle contributors or and underlying medical conditions.

Depression can be the manifestation of compromised hormonal levels, low Vit D, nutrient deficient diet, adrenal exhaustion, toxic body burden, lack of exercise, lack of purpose, and reasons other than a medication deficiency

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Some intensely uncomfortable symptoms of amitriptyline withdrawal arise when the drug is reduced or stopped. Users of this medication can face some of the most bothersome withdrawal effects of any medication when trying to quit amitriptyline without professional help. Alternative to Meds Center provides proven techniques of Amitriptyline withdrawal help that makes the process of stopping amitriptyline as safe and as comfortable as possible. We want our clients to enjoy lasting, sustainable success with natural mental health.

What is amitriptyline?

Amitriptyline is sold under various brand names and has been the most commonly prescribed of the Tricyclic class of antidepressants. Amitriptyline is prescribed in the treatment of many conditions and disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD ( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ), eating disorders, migraines, insomnia, neuralgia, and bipolar disorder. Amitriptyline is notorious for symptoms of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts and suicide. Amitriptyline is responsible of 2 out of every 5 deaths related to antidepressants.2 When stopping amitriptyline abruptly or without professional help, some severe reactions can begin, such as dizziness, restlessness, headaches, and nausea. Symptoms can emerge from amitriptyline cessation even when only one or two doses have been missed. Because of this, it is highly recommended that individuals have their dose gradually reduced to avoid significant health risks associated with getting off amitriptyline. Our  treatment center has developed effective, non-invasive amitriptyline alternatives that can gently and gradually, transition to amitriptyline cessation.

Symptoms when trying to quit amitriptyline

Amitriptyline blocks a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine within the peripheral and central nervous system, which can induce a variety of side effects. Adverse effects from stopping amitriptyline may include aggression, anxiousness, balance issues, brain zaps, crying spells, blurred vision, constipation, concentration impairment, diarrhea, dizziness, electric shock sensations, depersonalization, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, flatulence, hostility, highly sensitive emotions, impaired speech, hallucinations, irritability, insomnia, indigestion, jumpy nerves, lethargy, loss or lack of coordination, headaches, nervousness, migraines, nausea, over-reacting to things, paranoia, repetitive thought patterns, sleep and sensory disruptions, extreme restlessness internally, cramps, tremors, tinnitus ( ear ringing ), troubling thoughts, illusions, tingling sensations, vivid dreams, visual and speech changes, and worsened depression. By lessening amitriptyline withdrawal complications, and restoring natural mental health, you can focus on living a medication-free life.

How can amitriptyline discontinuation symptoms be minimized?

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Our amitriptyline tapering program guides a person through every step of getting off amitriptyline. We use natural substances and nutrients to minimize symptoms and stabilize the neurochemistry. We provide biochemical corrections that may be contributing to depressive or other symptoms. When administered correctly, nutrients and natural substances can completely restore a system that is depleted after using antidepressants and after being exposed to other chemicals and toxins. We aim to minimize withdrawal from amitriptyline and provide recommendations for dietary needs as well as items that should be eliminated to make withdrawal treatment more comfortable. Rather than adding other unnecessary medications as an attempt to decrease withdrawal symptoms, we use an approach that is natural and non-drug-based. With combined medical and natural approaches, you can become amitriptyline-free and experience natural mental health.

How can a person overcome depression?

The Alternative to Meds Center program focuses on discovering the root reasons which may have caused an individual to feel depressed and why they began using antidepressant drugs to begin with. We use cognitive behavioral therapy, which lets individuals comfortably analyze and decide better or different ways for people to get into alignment with their true desire or life’s purpose, something that, if missing, has often led to depression for some people. People are usually put on antidepressants before there was any adequate amount of investigation as to why they have become depressed. Our program uses lab testing to find medical reasons for depression. We also provide methods for stabilization of neurochemistry with nutrients, as well as amino acid therapies, colonics, targeted nutritional therapies, cleansing of accumulated environmental neurotoxins. Clients also enjoy nebulized glutathione treatments, bentonite clay packs, support from peers, massage, yoga, personal training, exercise, Equine-assisted therapy, and many other adjunctive therapies to significantly soften amitriptyline withdrawal treatment.


  1. FDA label information for amitriptyline PDF published online:  accessed October 18, 2019
  2. Article entitled, “Antidepressant Death Found Most Often With Amitriptyline”, author T. Haelle, MS, published February 24, 2017, accessed online October 18, 2019


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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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