User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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|Hyperhidrosis||1 reviews||9 medications|
|Somatoform Pain Disorder||2 reviews||0 medications|
|Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome||15 reviews||0 medications|
|Chronic Myofascial Pain||0 reviews||42 medications|
|Neurotic Depression||0 reviews||3 medications|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||2 reviews||5 medications|
|Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome||1 reviews||2 medications|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||27 reviews||129 medications|
|Interstitial Cystitis||30 reviews||28 medications|
|Dysthymia||1 reviews||3 medications|
|Urinary Incontinence||1 reviews||49 medications|
|Anxiety and Stress||39 reviews||9 medications|
|Dysautonomia||1 reviews||53 medications|
|Migraine Prevention||158 reviews||32 medications|
|Depression||34 reviews||76 medications|
|Pain||92 reviews||906 medications|
|Insomnia||81 reviews||105 medications|
|Vulvodynia||8 reviews||9 medications|
|Burning Mouth Syndrome||3 reviews||12 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||46 reviews||19 medications|
|Pudendal Neuralgia||1 reviews||0 medications|
|Summary of Amitriptyline reviews||544 reviews||8.3|
Reviews for Amitriptyline
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: "I took Elavil 100 mg for migraine and sleep back in 90's wow solved my problems. Quit taking, and now I'm on 200 mg sleep and neuropathy from diabetes, sleep and stress. I take other medicines. I'm not healed just no more pain. Sometimes fall asleep and times just breeze through the day. Elavil helps for many medical problems. Don't like the new medicines. The old medicines work best for me."
pain and sleep and sleep and stress (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 19, 2014
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For Fibromyalgia: "I feel like a zombie if I don't get enough restorative sleep. I have been on 100 mg a day, but am on 75mg most of the time. I notice that most of the people that are not getting relief from the pain and insomnia are taking the smaller doses. I have been on it for probably 20 years. I can't tolerate most other medicines."
Vicki T (taken for 10 years or more) September 16, 2014
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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "I've had cyclical vomiting syndrome for about a year and a half and was diagnosed about two months ago, as soon as I was diagnosed I was put on amitriptyline. The only side effect I have noticed is a bit of sleepiness, but not enough to really affect my life. Amitriptyline has given me back my quality of life and I've started uni and am looking for part time work, this would never have been possible before being on amitriptyline."
happy healthy girl (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 13, 2014
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For Depression: "My husband has bi-polar disorder and suffers from chronic back / sciatic work-related pain. He'd only been (restlessly) sleeping 2-3 hours a night for past 10 years. This had increased his mood swings and cyclothymia to unmanageable proportions!! UK doctor prescribed 10mg amitriptyline, to be taken at night 2 hours before bed. After two weeks this was increased to 20mg per night. The effect has been nothing short of miraculous. He sleeps really well for 7-8 hours a night, wakes refreshed & cheerful. It's helped him cope differently with depression - staying calm & getting CBT therapy. (Something he'd never have volunteered for in his 'normal' bi-polar anger / depression cycling). Has also noticed lessening of pain. It's saved our marriage."
Dear Old Dad (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 10, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "Have had migraine since 15. Tried everything including this medication over the past 18 years and nothing ever helped. This is just one of the meds that made my migraines worse which sometimes I thought was impossible. Started Botox for chronic migraine in March and it's amazing!"
Gemma A September 4, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "I have chronic Lyme disease and one of the worst things I suffer with is pain, EVERY DAY for the last 6 years. I have tried many things to help, both homeopathic and medicines prescribed by a doctor. I found a new doctor months ago who prescribed me Elavil. I'm always a bit apprehensive about taking medicines even though I know I don't have much choice if I want my life back. So I agreed to try 10mg of Elavil at bedtime every night. I can't believe how much it has helped. After four days, I woke up pain free for the first time in 6 years and I actually had a good cry! It's been a miracle. I've been far more active lately and am even aiming to get back to work again. I hope that other people with Lyme/chronic headaches see this and try it too."
LindzO September 4, 2014
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For Insomnia: "I have taken this medication during certain times in my life due to events and change of time zones for long periods of time when my sleep pattern is broken. It is great. I have been able to stay at 25 mg without increase for more than a year and work myself off when fully recovered. Be prepared to wait for it to kick in up to 2 weeks after starting it. It needs to fully get into your system. Everyones body is different. Recently I tried zolpidem for a more immediate sleep and found I could only get 4 hours a night. I read about the addiction of it and possible rebound insomnia after weaning yourself off. I am going back to that old model medicine, Amitriiptyline. It is great and I get back to a 7-8 hour sleep pattern."
Anonymous September 1, 2014
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For Dysautonomia: "Improved neurological functions, less flare-ups of the autonomic system. Helps - body temperature regulation has become a little better, able to sweat a little now, able to swallow now with no problems, hand tremors a majority of the time, and about half the adrenaline rushes than before. Does not help - sleep, heart rate and blood pressure, GI problems (gastroparesis, stomach pains, or constipation), heat intolerance, brain fog (memory problems). Has had to increase medication a few times, but am still on it. I am still on this medication and would not want to go off this - I have seen improvement."
JumpJump (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 31, 2014
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: "This was prescribe to me years ago in the late 1980's for pain, insomnia and stress. It was a blessing for me being able to sleep, no more pain and stress diminished. I slowly stopped taking it after being on it for three years with no problems after that. I was going through a lot of stress in my life, deaths, empty nest, break ups, job changes, etc."
Frugalone (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 30, 2014
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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "This medicine is amazing. After 10 years of chronic diarrhea, fecal urgency and other Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, I went to see the gastro as I was doubled over in colic-type pain up to 3 times a month. He gave me 25mg to take at night and I haven't looked back."
looksharp (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 28, 2014
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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "My daughter was diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome at age 10, she lost 13 lb on a few week time frame. She had a EGD and other test. The doctor then prescribed Amitriptyline 25 mg at bedtime if helped. She stayed on it the entire school year, we then took her off of it for the summer. Things were going great until this week and she has had to episodes we will be starting her back on it today. We also use Zofran as needed."
Child suffering (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 25, 2014
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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "I was diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome almost 2 years ago. I have been on Amitriptyline for about a year and a half. I recently went off because I ran out of refills and my insurance changed making a specialist visit expensive. Within a week I was extremely nauseous. The doctor called me in more and I started talking it again. Within a few days it went away. I am so thankful for this medication."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 19, 2014
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For Interstitial Cystitis: "Amitriptyline is very effective in my Interstitial Cystitis treatment. I took half of 25mg at dinner time. Both frequency and urgency went away."
Jordan, San Jose (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 14, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "Had migraines since I was 6. The past 1.5 year's I've had migraine every single day. I'm now 33 years old and have this medicine since February this year. The first 3 months I had 25 mg, now 10mg. Headaches were completely gone. Since I have the lower dosage, it's coming back a bit so I will go back to 20 -25mg. This is the first medicine that's actually working so I am very happy with it !"
Tessa2211 August 12, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "Stopped my migraines. Hard to get over the side effects. Hard to get out of bed in the morning but well worth it. Side effects go away after a month or so."
bulldog2222 (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 8, 2014
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For Pain: "For the past 4 years this medication has been great to me. I was prescribed this because I have had horrible TMJ. At night this would ease my pain. It would also relax my jaw enough to sleep and not have clenching and grinding. I've only had 2 problems taking it. It has gave me nightmares and it makes me so sleepy that I rarely get out of bed on time the next day. But all in all it has helped me."
Beepleboop (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 5, 2014
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Insomnia: "Amitriptyline has helped my insomnia by a ten fold. I have issues staying asleep due to my fibromyalgia and anxiety. I sleep all night for once. Unfortunately it has side effects: - No Appetite - Impotence - Daytime Drowsiness - Constipation"
ManicCatAli (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 2, 2014
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For Insomnia: "I have tried numerous sleep aids, from natural, over the counter, to prescribed, and this one by far works the best for me. I was prescribed 25mg to take at bed. It does help me fall asleep a little faster, because it helps my brain "shut off", and it definitely helps me sleep better. I still wake up through out the night, but not as much, and falling back asleep is a lot easier. It does make me feel slightly groggy in the morning, and I am having slight dry mouth. The benefit outweighs the side effects for sure. I've tried Trazodone, and that didn't help at all, and experienced the rare side effect of painful erection...that was awful."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) August 2, 2014
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For Anxiety and Stress: "I was having an anxiety disorder (shaking hands, blushing, obsessions) I was put on sertraline but had a terrible side effect to this and was put on 20mg amitriptyline to counteract this. From moment I took it my hands stopped shaking and intrusive thoughts reduced. I was upped to 50mg and I am back to my old self. Hardly any worries at all, no shaking, feel happy. No dry mouth but I have put probably a stone of weight on and gone up 1-2 dress sizes. This side effect is worth it for the benefits it has given me."
JLS80 (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 1, 2014
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For Anxiety and Stress: "Initially on citalopram 20mg and felt horrible and more panicky so doctor moved me on to Sertraline 50mg and propranolol to stop the fast heart rate. Eventually built upto 100mg but still didn't solve the anxiety and restlessness that I had. Now I'm taking Amitryptyline 25mg twice a day and feel so much better. I don't feel as anxious during the day and at night when my anxiety gets worse, amitryptyline helps me get a good nights sleep. I've noticed a big difference since being on amitryptyline and with less side effects that citalopram and sertraline."
John2986 July 29, 2014
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For Depression: "I'm taking this more as a mood stabilizer. The medicine has caused my tongue to be sore, excessive dry lips, mouth and throat. It has help with my mood though. I can't take this medicine anymore. I'm contacting my doctor for some other medication."
camsgram (taken for less than 1 month) July 26, 2014
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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea at least 3 times a day. I have now been on the medication for over two months and I cried with happiness at my follow-up! I have had diarrhea TWICE since I started taking the medication. This medication has genuinely saved my life."
Lou95 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 25, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "I'm 27 years old, I was diagnosed with Acute Migraines and my family Dr. prescribed me Amitriptyline HCL 25MG right before Bed. I have had no headaches since then never told I would feel better. But my sensitivity to light has become very bad and I spend the morning hours very sleepy."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 23, 2014
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