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Re: Amitriptyline

 Hi country_bumpkin

Thank you for your post.

Many people find it difficult to sleep following a diagnosis of breast cancer. This may be as a result of the emotional impact of a diagnosis or due to side effects from medication, including menopausal symptoms which can be made worse if you have had to stop taking HRT. Our booklet Menopausal symptoms and breast cancer might be helpful to read.

Your GP or treatment team would be best placed to advise you on any medication which may be helpful. Alongside this, these tips may be helpful. This Instagram Live with Dr Mike Scanlon, a mental health and wellbeing consultant, about sleep also has lots of useful information.

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Ive recently been diagnosed with ER positive, HER2 negative breast cancer. I am no longer on HRT and finding my sleep is getting worse. Can I take a half of Amitriptyline to help with this or does this medication have any hormones in which i need to totally avoid?