How much amitriptyline should I take to prevent migraines? The recommended starting dose of amitriptyline for migraine is 10 milligrams (mg) per day. If you aren’t getting adequate migraine prevention and aren’t having intolerable side effects, your doctor might increase your dose by up to 25 mg per week.
What kind of headaches does amitriptyline help? Amitriptyline influences the body’s use of serotonin and norephinephrine thus leading to improvement in depression and several types of chronic pain. It is used to treat chronic tension-type headache as well as migraine headache.
What is the most prescribed drug for migraines? The most commonly prescribed class of drugs for migraine are the triptans. These are all meant to be taken on an as-needed basis, at the first sign of headache, and they include Sumatriptan (Imitrex); Zolmitriptan (Zomig); Rizatriptan (Maxalt); and Eletriptan (Relpax).
How long does it take amitriptyline to work for migraines? It can take between 4 and 6 weeks before you feel the full benefits of amitriptyline as a painkiller. Do not stop taking amitriptyline after 1 to 2 weeks just because you feel it’s not helping your symptoms. Give it at least 6 weeks to work.