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Chronic Insomnia
Amitriptyline & Alcohol
by Dakota Pink
Citation:   Dakota Pink. "Chronic Insomnia: An Experience with Amitriptyline & Alcohol (exp48124)". Erowid.org. Feb 8, 2008. erowid.org/exp/48124

150 mg oral Pharms - Amitriptyline (daily)
    oral Alcohol (daily)


I had chronic insomnia for years and nothing was working, infact it was ruining my life because I had to drop out of school and had to find a job that didn't require a set schedual. Well I started stripping to pay the bills because I can stay up all night and I am reasonably attractive and even used to model. I started taking Elavil at 50mg then 100mg and finally at 150mg. I was able to sleep everyday and wake up feeling great.

Well because of this drug I gained 25lbs and lost my job, but I had begun Real Estate so I didn't care and I was back in school. The highest dose began to stop working, gave me mood swings, constipation, a weaker eye perscription and began to make me be constantly depressed, not to mention turned my skin and nails yellow. I started drinking with my pill because if I could still sleep every night I could deal with the side effects. Alcohol did work for a short time, but eventually I needed more and more to go to sleep. The thing with Elavil though was I got a different type of drunk when I mixed this pill with booze.

This drunk consisted of irrational and unhealthy behavior which I had never had. This new kind of drunk gave me a feeling of euphoria and invincibility and because of this I got arrested. My designated driver was more drunk than I was and normally I would have called a cab, but instead I wanted to have fun. I got in my car to drive my friend home and thought screw the speed limit, I can drive fine, which I could. Well I got pulled doing 60 in a 35 and didn't care or even worry. When the cop came up to my car he asked how much I had to drink and I said too much. I passed all of the field tests with flying colors but the cop still wanted to breathalize me and I blew a .19. He was shocked because my physical reactions were perfect, but my attitude was so happy and care free that the cop felt bad for arresting me.

I was never put into handcuffs, the cop took a 30 min walk with me to try to sober me up and we even began to talk about our personal lives and I got him to give me very private information of his life because I was so laid back. He never put me in jail because I was so nice and he even drove me home after the arrest to ensure that I would be safe. Well I'm charged with a .17 and a speeding ticket but I'm waiting for my court date. The cop will testify in my behalf, but I still have to get a breathalizer on my car for a year, go to counciling, pay a fine, lose my license, do community service and hopefully not be givin any jail time (possible for me up to 3 years).

I cheeted on my boyfriend but don't remember a single thing the whole night, I tried to jog around my city at 1:30 in the morning in a bad neighborhood because I could and even lost $900 at work stripping because I drank champange and let the man walk out with out paying me because I didn't know what was going on. For some people the pill may work under a doctors supervision and with out alcohol.

Exp Year: 2005ExpID: 48124
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: Feb 8, 2008Views: 27,203
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Pharms - Amitriptyline (165), Alcohol (61) : Combinations (3), Multi-Day Experience (13), Retrospective / Summary (11), Not Applicable (38)

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