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|
|Interstitial Cystitis||31 reviews||28 medications|
|Dysthymia||1 reviews||3 medications|
|Urinary Incontinence||1 reviews||49 medications|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||28 reviews||130 medications|
|Anxiety and Stress||40 reviews||9 medications|
|Migraine Prevention||166 reviews||32 medications|
|Dysautonomia||1 reviews||53 medications|
|Depression||35 reviews||77 medications|
|Pain||96 reviews||1012 medications|
|Insomnia||84 reviews||109 medications|
|Vulvodynia||8 reviews||9 medications|
|Burning Mouth Syndrome||3 reviews||12 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||48 reviews||19 medications|
|Pudendal Neuralgia||1 reviews||0 medications|
|Summary of Amitriptyline reviews||565 reviews||8.2|
Reviews for Amitriptyline
For Migraine Prevention: "Currently being 15, I've had migraines about everyday since I was 11 and I was prescribed this medication a few months ago. It worked okay for a few weeks, most days of the week I'd be migraine free. Now though, I get my daily migraines regardless of taking it and I believe I've been heavily hallucinating for the past month or two and I had a night terror. And because of these hallucinations, I haven't been able to sleep well. I get maybe 4-5 hours of sleep everyday. The only positive aspect I can think of is that its helped me socialize better, I'm not so nervous about speaking anymore."
iomsp November 29, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "My headaches are tension, rather than migraine. However, the pain was just intense and debilitating. I was missing work a couple times a month due to these headaches. Dr. started my on this med and since then I have had only 2 severe headaches. Dr. also told me that if I do still get one of them, this med would relieve the pain much faster and headache would go away faster."
xavalyss (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 25, 2014
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For Pain: "In my opinion, no & after squamous cell carcinoma, a spinal injury as well as taking morphine all this medicine does is dry my mouth out more than the morphine does. Ibuprofen is good unfortunately. It doesn't last long enough & isn't good on the stomach! Shame Really? Because in some respects It Was Slightly More Effective than morphine, albeit for only 3 to 4 Hours."
Aureilan 1 November 23, 2014
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For Pain: "I was on Lyrica for several years to manage chronic referral pain in my foot from several back surgeries. Lyrica efficacy was wearing off and I was fortunate enough to change pain doctors, with the new doctor putting me on 30mg of Amitriptyline. I've been on it for about 5 weeks now and my pain level has come down substantially....I'm now sleeping much better and it's cheap compared to Lyrica too. Only 5 weeks, but I'm loving Amitriptyline."
RWBBB November 13, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "I have been taking 25mg amitriptyline for over a year now. My migraines have almost disappeared which is very good as I was having 2 a month lasting up to 3 days each. I've had Migraines since I was 14 and had hoped that I would start to get better after the age of 60. But not so I'm 68 now and will continue the pills though I'm worried about long term use. I get it on the national health here."
andreabilly November 12, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "So far I am AMAZED. I have had chronic migriane for past 15 years at least twice a week on a good week, I am 45 now. Before it was occasional like once a month since a teenager. I work in a fairly high stress professional office environment. It has affected my work and mood negatively. I have absolutely tried everything before I recently tried amitriptyline from acupuncture, diet, meditation, homeopath, blood pressure pills, massage therapy and 3 neurologists. (Imitrex works but I was to reliant on it). I was very groggy the next day for 1 week on 25 ml of amitriptyline at night around dinner time. Which didn't go well with my career and thought I would have to stop it but I read here it does go away and it did! 3 Weeks in and no migraine."
Brock777 November 11, 2014
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For Fibromyalgia: "Had fibromyalgia due to chronic sleep deprivation which caused severe swelling in my hands giving me carpel tunnel pain every night also had swollen knees and severe stiffness. After months of trying alternative therapies with no improvement I finally gave in and started taking 20mg amitriptyline. Within 3 days this medicine changed my life and I felt like a different person. Went up to 50mg but now back to 25mg and only about 75% of the time. If your health problems are caused by lack of phase four sleep, give this medicine a try."
Minniehaha2 (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 7, 2014
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Depression: "I'm 16 years old and I started taking Zoloft for depression about a year ago. I started off at 25mg then 50mg and things still didn't seem to be "right." I was constantly sick and throwing up, and I just felt like it wasn't working. So they bumped me up to 75mg of Zoloft, and then to 100mg. For my body and age, 100mg was a lot for me to take but it finally made me feel better. I wasn't as down, but I had awful side affects. I couldn't sleep, eat, or do anything but lay in bed and I had awful migraines. I was so sick of changing meds but I couldn't deal with being this sick so on top of the Zoloft I was prescribed Elavil. It was like night and day. Helped me sleep and took all my side effects away!"
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 4, 2014
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For Interstitial Cystitis: "I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis in March of this year. The first few weeks were some of the worst of my life. I changed my diet, was put on Elmiron, Zyrtec and Vesicare with zero relief in any symptoms. Was at the end of my rope when my PCP suggested Elavil. In 3 days my symptoms were nearly gone. Pain was gone. Urgency/frequency cut in half. But I immediately started gaining weight. A lot of weight, and fast. And I am diabetic and any weight gain is very bad for me. So I've had to choose to not take it and live with the pain and constant peeing because I cannot afford to gain any weight due the diabetes. I'm basically distraught. Diabetes will kill me, but the Interstitial Cystitis pain is causing major depression. I am at a loss as nothing else has worked."
SweetMimi November 4, 2014
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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "My doctor prescribed me Elavil 10mg for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Migraines. It helped tremendously with the IBS symptoms, the migraines are still there though, not with the associated symptoms such as the vomiting etc, but still severe head pain. Major disadvantage I found was it ruined my sleep completely. I have to actually take it in the morning or I can't sleep. Doesn't make me tired or groggy at all when taken in the morning although my doctor finds it strange that it ruins my sleep...therefore that maybe isn't such a common occurrence."
$hay October 30, 2014
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For Insomnia: "I have been on 10 mg. Amitriptyline... for a month and am really getting a good night sleep. I must say the first weeks, I was really tired and and exhausted . After 3 weeks my body adjusted quite well. I have a low tolerance to medication so 10 mg. Is good for now."
Colleendo October 26, 2014
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For Anxiety and Stress: "I suffered with anxiety for years and have tried many many SSRIs as well as benzos. Nothing really helped. I was put on this med for migraines and within a couple of weeks my anxiety began to melt away. My friends and family noticed a huge difference. I feel like a different person. Like I am living the life I always wanted to live, I was just always too afraid and anxious to before."
Anx no more (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 24, 2014
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For Depression: "I take this for Bipolar disoder 2, with severe depressive episodes. Helps tremendously for my depression symptoms, as well as aiding in controlling mood swings along with a mood stabilizer. Helps with insomnia tremendously. Sometimes the daytime sedation can last a long time at higher doses, and you'll probably get dry mouth, constipation, or blurry vision/dizziness, at least at first. This medication works great for a lot of people when other things fail, just be aware that the trade off is that some annoying side effects are fairly common. Myself, the benefits far outweigh the negatives."
BUTT SACK (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 22, 2014
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For Pain: "I have had severe pain in my stomach for the last 5-6 years. Sometimes the pain was so bad I could not even move in my own bed. I started this medication after I was told that I have a nerve disorder. I am so pleased to say I have not felt any pain in over 7 days! Not only am I not in pain but I am sleeping so much better! I can also wake up easier and I feel less stressed. This medicine is amazing and it has saved me from more years of pain!"
Sissybell October 19, 2014
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For Interstitial Cystitis: "I could barely function after 2pm until I went on this medicine. I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis in August-it was devastating. My quality of life was horrible--pain through the roof and urgency. I could barely get my kids to school every day. After 1 day of 25 mg Amytriptiline at bedtime, my pain virtually disappeared. It saved my life."
Schmea (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 16, 2014
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For Pain: "For two years I was experiencing nagging pains all over my body. Then it got worse, accompanied by disgusting headaches. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong. Nothing I took would help the pain, as they got more and more. Then recently I was diagnosed with M.E. I got to see a specialist and she told me to ask my doc about Amitriptyline. I have only just started taking it, and have noticed a big change. I feel more comfortable and have finally managed to sleep better. Two yrs ago, my doc had told me that my pains were due to me sufferng depression, and prescribed citalopram. Now I am weening away from that, as I know that all I will need is amitriptyline - it works!"
wiggler (taken for less than 1 month) October 16, 2014
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Anxiety and Stress: "This medication has been very effective for my anxiety. I've taken 75mg for the past 9yrs. No more heart palpitations or tightness in my chest. I have tried others prior to the Elavil, but found I woke up with a hangover and a out of body feeling. If Ii forget to order refill before I run out it takes a 3 days to feel the effects. "
anonymous1224365 September 23, 2014
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For Pain: "First I would like to thank each of you for your comments. After reading the side effects of this medication, I was very leery about starting it. I took my first one last night. 25 mg. Nothing on the ppr work stated it would help head aches. I've had a constant head ache since June 28th. Sometimes a little better, but most times it stops me in my track. I will follow up the longer I take it. Thank you again."
Te Jay September 22, 2014
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For Migraine Prevention: "I have suffered from migraine on and off since my teens always visual patterns then wham! the headache. A few years ago I just had the patterns and no pain then it changed to tension neck pain which which then turned into headache as soon as I woke up more or less daily. Imigran helped but was popping them like smarties. I tried giving up all the known triggers but nothing helped then a couple of months ago Dr prescribed Amitriptyline 25mgs every night I have had maybe 2 or 3 slight headaches since. First week I was a little woozy but that passed. Now I wake up with a dry mouth and food tastes different but no headache. It used to be unusual to wake up with no headache now its unusual to wake up with one. I recommend anyone to give it a try."
Bobbywill (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 19, 2014
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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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