amitriptyline 25 mg. ! ! ! ???
Is that a normal dose for a cat, much less a young one ?
I have attempted many times to adjust to amitriptyline , as it is used for chronic pain, though it is an antidepressant. Seems there is some additional affect in the pain pathways in the brain that this meds seems to block for may people. They don't know why .
I can adjust to 5 mg. but can't get up to 10 mg. Most patients end up at 100 mg. , but then so many of them are over weight due to lack of movement ability... the averages seem skewed to me. And even 5mg. just drags me down.
Normal procedure in people...adults...is to start at 10mg. , take that for the three weeks it takes to have full affect, and then move slowly up in dose. The first three days the patient is VERY sleepy and that's normal.
For me, it does ease pain a bit, once I get up to 10mg. ...but by then I'm stupid and fat. Zombie almost.
It causes me normal side effects dry mouth, lack of uninating often enough and difficulty starting. Constipation, weight gain, feeling a bit puffy, and it is extremely difficult to keep things straight...things like following a conversation. The first three weeks on each dose I am also very nauseous.
So....Yeah, if I was a cat I would whine a lot and not want to be touched. And I sure wouldn't want to bother with toys. One needs more complex thinking abilities to play with a toy.
Anyway... two years off and on of these failed attempts and my doctor has finally agreed with me, sometimes it's just not worth it. Though to avoid more serious drugs, I really wanted it to work. It does work for lots of folks. But we are each different.
Not knowing how long your cat has been on this med, you might want to play it safe and wean him slowly off of the med, ... maybe a much smaller dose would work ? You would see as you are weaning down too. ???? When I wean off mine, I have reduced 5mg. at a time and for three days holding before I drop down further. The highest I ever got... and that was a horrible month... was 30 mg. I had time off and made one big try. Bad idea.
My pills are probably the same as yours ? Sort of a tannish color with a white interior. I can cut mine in pieces, confirmed by the pharmacy. You would need to check if yours can be cut... the human pharmacy would be the best bet on that.
I agree with Hissy... something else may well be the problem, and I would be very concerned it's being over looked.
Type Amitriptyline in Google and look at a couple of the better medical sites...you will find lists of possible side effects that may be much more specific to your poor kitty. If you choose to use the med, remember it takes three weeks to work...and with a cat, I would think regular blood work for basic functions would be a major requirement, due to the lack of uninating problem most of we human beans get with this med. Not as bad as being a fat zombie, but it's part of the drill. Acceptable if it got rid of more pain than it did too. There's always trade offs.
Gosh... I really hope someone tells us what a normal dose is for a kitty. That amount freaks me out... and you did not mention the normal working up to the higher mg.
Again... that info you will find on all the medical sites.
Let us know how this works out...PLEASE.