User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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Review by finally pain free (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Pain: After 10 years of chronic abdominal pain, a bunch of tests, multiple doctors telling me to take ompeprazole with no relief I am now 90% pain free. I started taking Endep 1 week ago and have increased to 20 mg. It makes me a little sleepy but I take it 2 hrs before bed anyway. My new doc narrowed it down to overactive nerves and she nailed it. I'm now getting better quality of life and am happy that I have found this med. For me it's really worked well.

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October 27, 2013 4:09 AM

Review by It Works (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Depression: I was one of those people who thought nothing would work for me - I was too far gone and beyond help. Restless, sleepless nights and all the anxiety and depression were killing me. And then I found Amitriptyline. At last.....Sleep. That's all that mattered to begin with. You simply cannot underestimate the power of sleep. During the day I felt far less agitated and less stressed. Of course life can still throw slings and arrows your way and there are side effects for sure but none as bad as the frazzled state I was in before I took them.

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October 26, 2013 9:22 AM

Review by DagonMom (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

For Insomnia: I have been on quite a few different sleep meds because of my head injury. I now have "Alpha Wave Intrusion", so my brain won't shut down. Been this way for 16 years now. Elival is the only Med that is able to get me to sleep and let me fall me back to sleep if I wake up. I'm on 200mg and right now it seems to be okak. In a few months I'll probably have to adjust, but that's okak, I can deal with that. This is definitely an excellent choice for me.

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October 25, 2013 10:36 PM

Review by susieoq:

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5.0

Endep (amitriptyline) for Pain: I have fibromyalgia and take Tramadol 150mg daily. Recently had a flare of trigeminal neuralgia and widespread neuropathic pain and Tramadol was not working for this. Doctor put me back onto Endep, which I had given up previously as the side effects were very strong. Am now on only 5mg at 7pm and find sleep and pain relief much better. Still feel hungover in the morning.

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October 18, 2013 9:35 AM

Review by uniquemikk:

For Anxiety and Stress: I started taking amitriptyline this year (2013) after having a medicine cabinet looking like a pharmaceutical company. I must say this is the only one that helps me. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks along with constant worry and stress that had me on rock bottom. I take 25mg which is fine, it does make you sleepy but it's so worth it. I'm 27, no kids just coping with life.

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October 18, 2013 12:57 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: I had my first episode of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome about 3.5 years ago. It was sometime until the doctors and I figured out what it actually was. Nonstop throwing up for 2-6 days about once a month. What made them severe I guess was the amount of vomiting. A few times I had double I.V's because they could not rehydrate me as fast as the vomiting was dehydrating me. If you have CVS and are reading this I just want to say I am truly sorry. It was a miserable and emotional ride for me and the people that care about me. I can truly say I feel your pain and I pray that you find peace. I fought the doctors about taking this but when I finally gave in, IT WORKED. Not one episode since then (about 1 year and 6 months). I was skeptical at first BUT IT WORKED! 25MG.

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October 14, 2013 1:21 AM

Review by Bendelep:

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8.0

For Migraine Prevention: I don't like taking medication, but my headaches were now in a state of chronic tension/migraine being triggered by anything excessive like exercising, too much cleaning, too much activity, too much light or stress. I was prescribed Elavil for headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep trouble, back, neck, and arm pain. I've taken it for a week, and after one dose, the first thing I noticed was an awesome night's sleep, and no neck or jaw pain, pain on rising. I feel completely relaxed in the morning, a little drowsy but am able to function and get my three kids to school. I have been taking it at 10pm and feel tired until noon, so I think I'm going to take it earlier in the evening. I haven't noticed any side effects at all. I am taking 10 mg.

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October 13, 2013 2:43 PM

Review by BBeeeeeeeeeeee:

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9.0

For Depression: My previous doctor put me on 10 mg to try and help me sleep but it stopped working. My new doctor increased it to 35mg( 25mg and 10mg). I don't fall asleep right away but I do sleep and have a good nights sleep. I feel better in general, not moody like I used to be. Along with anxiety I must have had mild depression. I had side effects of a dry mouth but that has gone away.

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October 8, 2013 10:34 AM

Review by karajf:

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8.0

For Migraine Prevention: I've tried at least 10 different medications. I've been on Lyrica for 4 months, now on Elavil of 10 mgs. I try to take it at 9pm, it helps me sleep. I go to bed at 1am but not all the time. And it helps me a lot with my chronic migraines however when I wake up at 10am, go back to bed an hour later, then wake up at 3:30pm.

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October 8, 2013 12:44 AM

Review by luckysmom (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

For Migraine Prevention: I have been on this medicine for over ten years, plus a beta blocker for my migraines and blood pressure. I thought I could wean off of Amitripyline as my migraines were fairly under control. About a month off of it, my head was killing me several times a week. Now I take Amitripyline without question, and without pain.

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October 3, 2013 9:43 AM

Review by Migraine ughhh:

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6.0

For Migraine Prevention: As far as helping me with my migraines it helped out a lot. I had absolutely none after 3 weeks of taking the medication, however it made me feel like a zombie throughout the day and for some reason when I didn't take it exactly on time I wouldn't be unable to fall asleep at night. I also gained a great amount of weight.

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October 2, 2013 9:23 PM

Review by wendylo:

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10

For Anxiety and Stress: I've been on this med for a week for anxiety and depression following major operation for cancer. I just couldn't pick myself up, had a breakdown I guess. Started at 25mg, then up to 50mg. Sleep like a baby. No side effects apart from a healthy appetite. Which I need as I've lost weight, They have saved my life. I got so low I didn't want to be here.

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October 2, 2013 10:51 AM

Review by wa9mrn:

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9.0

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Insomnia: Helped me sleep through the night with no side effects.

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October 1, 2013 11:33 AM

Review by Thumper1127 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: Since taking this medication I am not reaching for the narcotic pain meds as much as I used to but am more constipated and tired. It's worth the trade off of some of the higher pain medicines for my condition.

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October 1, 2013 12:47 AM

Review by Yikes!:

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8.0

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Fibromyalgia: I have only been taking Elavil for two weeks but I've been in pain for twenty years, I also have big problems sleeping and staying asleep. Since I started Elavil I have less pain plus I sleep well. I actually had a no pain day which I have not had in a long time.

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September 30, 2013 2:33 PM

Review by Zaneygirl (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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5.0

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Fibromyalgia: I was diagnosed 14 yrs ago with Fibromyalgia. My doctor prescribed Elavil.10 mg. per day. It helped me sleep better but heart began beating to fast and was discontinued. Helped a little with pain.

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September 30, 2013 7:05 AM

Review by GTwinzMom (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

For Migraine Prevention: I had been taking propranolol for migraine prevention, but I was still taking Imitrex more often than I should have. I moved to a new town and met with a PA who suggested Amitriptyline. Wow! I went 2 weeks straight without a headache and have taken Imitrex only twice in the past 3.5 weeks. It has been like a miracle for me. The only side effect I've had was some afternoon sleepiness, but that passed after the first week. If you feel like you get headaches every day, ask your doctor about this medication.

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September 20, 2013 10:50 PM

Review by Gerbras:

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10

Endep (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: Started getting migraines at 18. I'm now 46. Vomiting so bad I used to go to hospital 1-2x per month to go on a drip to rehydrate. Made a professional career virtually impossible. Been on Sandomigran for 25 years. Had every possible treatment. Then 5 years ago a hospital locum prescribed Endep. That was the end of my migraines. I was suicidal for 2-3 weeks but then back to normal. I now take 1 x 50mg tab every second night. Endep is brilliant!

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September 20, 2013 8:34 AM

Review by Much Happier (taken for less than 1 month):

For Insomnia: I've only been on Elavil for a couple weeks at 10mg but I have to say it has been a VERY positive experience thus far. I have been in a bad loop by not sleeping well and then my days were going downhill as well. Now if I do wake up in the middle of the night I seem to be able to just roll over and get back to sleep. This versus waking up in full panic mode and then laying there with my heart and mind racing. I'm optimistic it will continue to work. I'm a 51 year old male.

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September 18, 2013 9:21 AM

Review by Thankful for amitriptyline (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

For Migraine Prevention: I started having headaches about 2 and a half years ago. I had at least 3 per week. Then it got to the point where I had a headache literally EVERY SINGLE DAY. After 2 MRIs, countless blood tests, an eye exam, and seeing a neurologist, no one could tell me why I had a headache every day. It got to the point I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, and couldn't get anything done. My head hurt so bad I couldn't move some days. FINALLY a doctor prescribed me 25mg of amitriptyline once a day. I've been on it for 3 weeks now and have only had 2 light headaches since taking it. This medicine seriously saved my life. I got so depressed from constant pain. The first week I started taking amitriptyline I was drowsy but I'm fine now. I take it every night before bed.

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September 15, 2013 10:18 PM

Review by happycamper83:

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10

For Pain: I've been on this medicine for a week now, and its changed my life. I have been suffering with chronic nerve pain, severe depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder for a very long time. Now I am sleeping well, feeling cheery, no suicidal thoughts, anger, less pain, no anxiety, or obsessions. Its a miracle, to alleviate pretty much all of my issues and I'm only on 10-20mg at night. No side effects.

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September 13, 2013 10:58 PM

Review by Anonymous928:

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9.0

For Interstitial Cystitis: I've had Interstitial Cystitis for a little over 6 years. In the beginning, I tried all sorts of things - hydraulic distention of the bladder, Elmiron, all different kinds of prescriptions - nothing helped. Eventually I read about Elavil online and asked my doctor about it. He put me on it 4 years ago and I've been on it ever since. It is the ONLY medicine that has helped. I take 20mg a night. I also take Desert Harvest Aloe pills - 2 every morning - more when I flare up. I have occasional flares (like right now I am in one)), but for the most part, my Interstitial Cystitis has been under control for the past 2.5 years. Side effects - In the beginning, it made me very tired. Also caused me to gain about 30-35 lbs, but I'll take it over IC pain.

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September 12, 2013 11:57 AM

Review by Featherbullet:

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9.0

For Pain: I can't believe that after 3 years of severe widespread neuropathic pain of unknown origin, I am sleeping 8-10 hours and have had total pain reduction from about a 8 at worst to now a 1.5 I've only been on 10 mg at night for 3 days. I hope it's not coincidence or placebo affect. A bit drowsy and a dizzy spell today. But completely worth it. I'm falling asleep faster now. My mood seems to be more calm as well. I hope to get off of oxycodone now.

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September 8, 2013 1:19 AM

Review by feelgoodgal (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

For Pain: I have been on Amitriptyline for only 5 days for chronic low back and leg pain that has plagued me for years, to the point of sleep and work related disruptions. I've popped a zillion pain killers and anti-inflammatories. Now taking only 10 mg of this medicine at night, no other medicines, and I feel better than I have in years, am virtually pain free and feel very energetic. I'd say it's a miracle. I wish it had been prescribed years ago.

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September 5, 2013 5:33 PM

Review by PJAX (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Interstitial Cystitis: I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis about 10 years ago. At that time I was prescribed this at 25mg a day. I was going to the potty about 20 times a night. I took the meds for about 2 weeks but could not handle the side effects of confusion and listlessness. I quit taking it for a long time and suffered with the frequent urination. I was at my wits end (no sleep!) and found the old pill bottle of amitriptyline in my drawer. I am no longer working so I decided that I would give it another try since I didn't have a schedule to keep. Even though I'm a little groggy in the mornings I am sleeping at least 6 hours straight without having to go to the bathroom. I have gone from waking up approx. 20 times a night down to 2 times. It is a miracle.

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September 1, 2013 7:52 PM

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