At the moment I am going through the transition period for changing the medication I take for my Fibromyalgia. It had been quite a journey reaching the dosage of Gabapentin that my GP, Dr. Azeer, had prescribed and, once I got there, the nine capsules a day weren’t doing a good enough job to justify the upheaval involved in taking them every day. Consequently, Dr. Azeer and I discussed other treatment options and agreed that I would cease taking Gabapentin and change to Amitriptyline.
It has been a complicated process changing from Gabapentin to Amitriptyline. I have had to reduce the dose by one capsule every three days. Now that I am almost down to nil Gabapentin, I have had to cut by half, the amount of antidepressants that I take, then stop taking it completely. After three days without the antidepressant, I am set to start taking Amitriptyline. At that point, I can stop taking the medication that protects me from the interaction of my current antidepressant with the aspirin that I take. Then, when I start on the Amitriptyline, I have to increase the dose every four or five days until I reach the prescribed dose. I don’t know why, but I didn’t feel confident remembering all of the timings and dosages! So, I jotted down the information whilst I was still with Dr. Azeer. He was impressed that I had noted it all down. He said that often patients haven’t written down what he has told them and, consequently, they become confused about what they should take and when. It’s not really surprising, is it?