12/17/07 #5 - Severe anger - from amitriptyline for Migraine or from bipolar or ADD?

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    I have a 16 year old daughter who has been taking 75mg of amitriptyline for her migraines for about a year now. I have noticed severe anger in her personality as well as complete silence. She has lashed out at me physically and I landed in the hospital. She also cannot concentrate in school. Is this one of the side effects of this medication, or could this be something else, like ADD or Bipolar? Thank you for your time, Diane.





    Dear Diane;


    Certainly teenagers are prone to behavioral changes, often said. I doubt that the amitriptyline per se is the culprit. However, there are many behavioral changes, mood swings, and volatility in temperament that can be associated with Migraines. On the other hand, she may have comorbid problems such as bipolar disease or anxiety disorder, which are common in Migraineurs. My suggestion would be to touch base with a headache expert and/or consider a consultation with a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

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    Last updated December 17, 2007.

Published On: December 17, 2007