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My wife took amitriptiline last night and she now has had…

My wife took amitriptiline...

My wife took amitriptiline last night and she now has had Myoclonic jerks for 7 hrs. what can she do?

Doctor's Assistant: Do you have frequent headaches? Any issues with coordination or balance?

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She is taking Ativan for anxiety and this is the first time she has taken this medication from an old prescription in over a year.

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Hi,

Welcome to JA and thanks for this question. I'm sorry to hear about your wife's symptoms. Myoclonic jerks can be a side effect of using amitriptyline or these could be involuntary movements which have occurred because of using the drug. The good news here is that these effects are transient in nature and do NOT last for long, they should usually fade away within 24-48 hours in most cases. HOWEVER, that being said if she is experiencing these side effects it is IMPORTANT to have them evaluated in the ER to rule out other causes for the problem. This would include electrolyte imbalances, neurological conditions, autoimmune conditions among others.

I would STRONGLY recommend that you take her to the ER or to the urgent care center to have her evaluated however if these effects are due to the drug then they should fade away within 1-2 days.

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