User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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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

Review by Brooklynchase:

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10

For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: I have been sick for over 4 years now and been on this for the past 2 weeks and its been a miracle. I haven't been sick or in pain once. I don't mean I just vomit, I start and I can't stop for 19 of 30 days. So far the minute I took one, that night I have been more relaxed and less sick have been able to cut down my oxycodone and Zofran so I am thankful. I will let you know how it continues to go but so far its my miracle.

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August 30, 2013 12:29 AM

Review by silverbearx:

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1.0

For Migraine Prevention: I suffer from a migraine almost every day of the week. I missed 3 months of school from January to March and failed all my exams because of them. I started on 10mg of amitriptyline and had no effect. Over a period of about 5 months I had reached a 40mg dosage everyday and still had no effect. Still suffering from migraines almost every day. On my 4th tablet now so hopefully this one might work! Glad it worked for some people though.

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August 28, 2013 1:23 PM

Review by Bry122 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Migraine Prevention: I was on Elavil 10mg previously for a few years and had only a handful of migraines in all that time. I decided to stop it for a year to see how I would feel, eventually I went back to 4-5 migraine days a week. I've been on it for two weeks again, most of the initial side effects have subsided (dizziness, fatigue and dry mouth - nothing unbearable) and I have not had a single migraine since I took the first pill. I'm now on 20mg - I take it to also help with arthritic pain and symptoms of Crohn's disease. I feel better than I have in a long time. I sleep amazing and wake up feeling good and energized. I have never experienced weight gain on this medication - however I do eat very healthy and exercise regularly.

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August 26, 2013 6:56 AM

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

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10

For Migraine Prevention: I've been getting moderate migraines and missing school because of them and they were causing a lot of stress and my grades were dropping. Now I take amitriptyline 10mg morning and night and if I didn't have much sleep or other problems I get these pseudo migraines which feel similar without being miserable and having a lot of pain and symptoms. I used to get migraines from too little fluids so I don't know if the medicines are causing the dry mouth or if I have it anyway. I don't get sleepiness during the day, but I do get 9 1/2 hrs to sleep (I'm a teenager and I need that much sleep). It also helped me with social anxiety which I've dealt with all my life. Only problem is if I skip a night dose, I wake up feeling stressed and headachy.

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August 18, 2013 9:13 AM

Review by barsha55 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

Endep (amitriptyline) for Pain: I am taking Endep 100mgs at night for nerve pain in my lower left leg & the outer side of my right leg. The nerve pain was intolerable and I seriously was suicidal. I have been on Endep as well as Baclofen and Epilim, for 7 years & can now enjoy my life so much more. The down side is loss of libido and dry mouth, but without Endep I could not enjoy my life at all.

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August 8, 2013 11:03 PM

Review by TN in TX (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: This medicine is AMAZING for pain. I have trigeminal neuralgia and I take it at night. It gives you a calm feeling and makes you not care about the pain. I just had my dose doubled and it takes a few days to get used to the medicine and/or new levels and the higher dose knocked me out for literally two days, just like when it was first prescribed. But I can't rave about it enough.

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August 7, 2013 7:58 PM

Review by Megatron14:

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8.0

Endep (amitriptyline) for Pain: Started taking 10mg then up to 25 for severe long term migraines/ headaches. Meds work well, am considering lowering dosages and getting off medicines all together to start family now though.

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July 29, 2013 10:25 AM

Review by pawsmad:

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9.0

For Pain: I have been taking Amitriptyline for Fibromyalgia and have found it has worked well up until recently when I was put on Mirtazapine for depression. Since then I have noticed the joint pain has increased markedly.

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July 29, 2013 12:59 AM

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

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10

For Pain: I have had chronic upper back pain for almost 15 years and have tried diazepam, ibuprofen, tramadol and finally codeine. The codeine were the main ones which worked but I noticed I began taking them when I had no pain and realized I had become dependent very quickly with awful withdrawals when stopping them. My doctor had also prescribed me with Prozac for PMDD which gave me an irregular heartbeat. She decided to take me off codeine and Prozac and give me a low 10mg nightly dose of amitriptyline instead. What difference they have made. I've believed for a year that only codeine would work for pain and they helped with my mood too. How wrong I was! Amitriptyline keeps me pain free and I sleep like a baby and wake up feeling so refreshed!

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July 26, 2013 2:57 AM

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