How Long Does Amitriptyline Drug Stay In Your System?
2 to 17 days
Amitriptyline breaks down to form a product called nortriptyline. This break down product or metabolite also has an effect in the body.
The half life of a medication is the time it takes for the amount of medication in the body to decrease by half. It takes 3 to 5 half lives for most of a medication to be eliminated from the body.
The half life of amitriptyline is approximately 10 to 28 hours but half life of its metabolite , nortriptyline (which also has an effect), is 16 to 80 hours.
This means it would take approximately 48 to 400 hours for amitriptyline and its metabolite to be mostly eliminated
This is 2 to 17 days.
I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
not typical but persons react differently to medication
There are withdrawal symptoms that can occur particularly if it is used for a long period of time. Your careful decrease in dose would have decreased the withdrawal symptoms.
Some persons experience dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting. Joint and muscle pain are not common withdrawal symptoms but persons react differently to medication so it may be your individual reaction.
Because however, it is not typical, you may want to consider visiting your doctor to rule out other possible causes