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amitriptyline for Fibromyalgia: I just started this medication for my fibromyalgia about 3 days ago. I'm already sleeping better, getting relief from my chronic migraines AND it has helped my irritable bowel syndrome. I know it's still too soon to tell but I really didn't expect results this soon. Hopefully things stay on the up and up. I have suffered from fibro for over 16 years now and have tried numerous meds.
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Review by marleyeleanor1985 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: Elavil gave me a migraine every single time I used it and they lasted longer and was more painful and it also made me sluggish it was like taking 6 Benadryl.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: I really like this medicine because it calms my nerves right down. I am now entering week 3 of a rather bad episode of cyclic vomiting syndrome. (Started 5/3/12) but any how when I can keep them down these are the best for my nerves and reasonably priced as well.
amitriptyline for Cough: I have had a productive cough off and on for over 24 years (more on than off) have seen many ENTs, allergists, gastroenterologist and they say it is acid reflux. I am on three acid blockers a day with no relief. The Elavil has STOPPED THE COUGH. I feel free and happy and so grateful that I read about the off label use of this medicine. Thank you Elavil.
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Endep (amitriptyline) for Fibromyalgia: I had unrefreshing sleep, and needed a lot of it. Endep is awesome as can now get a good night sleep, feel refreshed for a few hours after waking, and decreases my body aches. No negative side effects for me luckily.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
amitriptyline for Depression: I started this medicine just last week and have already had a complete personality change for the better. I didn't even realize how bad my depression was until I got rid of it. I didn't think any medication would work, let alone so quickly. This medication has planted the seed of a thought in my head: there is always hope!
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I was very tired the first week, but after pushing through it I felt better. Headaches took about 2-3 weeks to go away, but they were gone. I had been having headaches almost daily and they were getting severe. I felt pain free, HOWEVER, I felt like my IQ had dropped about 20 points. I couldnt think of things quickly anymore and it was getting worse. My typing was getting worse and I was forgetting everyday things like family members names. I pulled backwards out of my driveway one day and with myself turned around looking out the rear window, I couldnt orient myself to figure out which side of the road to be on. I was on Elavil for almost 2 months. I took myself off 1 week ago. Headaches are coming back, but my memory is returning
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amitriptyline for Pain: This was a miracle initially. Been on it since around 1995, I am up to 100 mg at bedtime. I now find it very difficult to get moving in the morning. I have NOT had constant PAIN since starting this medicine. I recommend it.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I was previously on Cymbalta, 60mg daily, for migraine prevention. I liked it and had minimal side effects. I lost my job and am now only on Tricare so the doctor put me on Elavil, 10mg. He told me to increase the dose by 10mg every four days. I was drowsy on 10mg and a little less drowsy at 20mg. As soon as I increased to 30mg I couldn't sleep and felt shakey during the day. I tried it for four nights and, after about 4 or less hours of sleep each night, I reduced the dose to 20mg. I noticed my neck pain decreased at the 30mg but I can't function without any sleep. I have had two migraines while on the 10 and 20mg doses of this medication. SSRIs usually make me hyper and get insomnia so I wasn't surprised.
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I have had migraines for nearly 7 years (I'm 23) day in day out to some degree. I first started treatment on pain relief, which did very little for my migraines. Got eventually referred to a Neurologist, who couldn't work out why I was getting headaches and put me on various medications such as Mirtazepine, Topiramate, Sodium Valproate, Venlafaxine and various other antiepileptics and antidepressants, all to no effect.
Amitriptyline was prescribed to help my sleeping at 10mg a night, but alleviated my migraines slightly. Dose was increased to 50mg gradually and my headaches subsided massively. Amitriptyline only prevents migraines for me, it doesn't treat them. Quality stuff, God send!
amitriptyline for Insomnia: At first amitriptyline helped me sleep and for the first two nights I slept thoroughly. Now I'm having the opposite effect and it gives me insomnia as most SSRI's do. Now if I take even 10 mg it is almost impossible to sleep that night and difficult to sleep for the next 3 days. It's been 3 or 4 days since I've taken it and I still feel like it's interfering with my sleep. If you're sensitive to SSRI's do not take this for insomnia.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I just started taking it last Thursday and I am so happy that it is working, no headaches (except one today). I feel like I'm in a dream! No one around me understands how miraculous this is, suffered with them for 30 yrs now. I feel like a normal human.
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amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: After suffering migraines since I was 16 this medicine is a miracle for me. I just used to deal with them by writing the day off and sleeping of my migraines. I lose my sight for 3 hours with flashing lights and severe dizziness and numbness in my arms and lips tingle and go numb.
Enough was enough then as I was having 4 every month, went to see a speicalist then reduced by 80% in 2 and half years.
At first you just want to sleep but after 4 weeks you feel better. I take mine at night 30mg and just cannot believe I didn't seek help many years ago. This 100% works for me.
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: I have been on Elavil for 7 months now. I take 20mg every night for severe pain in my shoulders, arms and neck and also for depression. It's the best thing I have taken and I have tried loads of medicine but none have worked. I also couldnt sleep, but now I don't have pain. I am a lot calmer and I have never slept as good. I haven't put weight on either. It's the best tablet that I have been on.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Insomnia: Worked wonders for sleep but I'm constantly hungry. I exercise 3 times per week to help keep the weight off. If weight is an issue this might not be the medicine for you.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I take Elavil for migraines and have not had a single headache since starting it. Elavil also makes me sleep wonderfully. I (and everyone in my family) have always had trouble sleeping, and I didn't think there was a medicine out there that would make me sleep on a reliable schedule. This is amazing.
Negatives: Miss a dose and you'll have a bad migraine. It makes you extremely drowsy for the first week, but that will pass. I keep a bottle of water by my bed because of the dry mouth. Cravings is a side effect so if you get them you should monitor your diet to avoid weight gain. Also I drank half a beer after taking it and felt like I'd drank 15. Approach alcohol use VERY carefully.
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amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I am 16 years old and have had migraines off and on since I can remember. They get to the point where I can't function, can't eat, sleep, think of anything and they last for days some times even weeks. I have been on amitriptyline for just over a month and it has helped so much! I can already notice that I'm in much less pain, and not getting migraine's half as much. This is an amazing thing and is very very helpful.
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: I use Elavil for fibromyalgia...it has worked wonders for my sleep issues. My overall quality of life has dramatically increased simply because I am able to get the sleep I so needed and its helping with depression/anxiety. It works better than Ambien. My dose now is only 50 mg...so glad I tried this medicine. I am very scared of antidepressants due to a horrible reaction from Cymbalta but Elavil is an older medication and its chemical makeup is different than most of the newer SSRIs. I went from sleeping on average of 4 to 5 hours a night...now I can sleep 10 without ever waking up..literally something I haven't been able to do in 5 years. This medicine is the best medicine for me, and I've tried everything out there as I have had Fibro for 8 years.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Somatoform Pain Disorder: I've been using Elavil for almost 4 years now and can't live without it! If I run out before I can get to the pharmacy my symptoms return with a vengeance and I feel awful again! I would recommend this medicine to ANYONE dealing with pain, insomnia or depression to consider this medicine! I started off on a low does (25mgs) per night now only on 50mgs and I have NEVER done so well in my life emotionally or physically! One of the negatives for me has been weight gain and now b=high blood pressure because of the weight BUT I tell everyone I'd rather be fat and happy then skinny and miserable!
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amitriptyline for Interstitial Cystitis: I don't know if this is the only thing that works, because in addition, I take valium for spasms. Now, I have a problem, I cannot wake up, am groggy all day, feel tired all the time, worried while driving (80 miles each day), but I should also say that I have been tired prior to starting this. I take 1/2 of a 25 mg for over a month now, feel 300%, but then again for interstitial cystitis I'm also on Valium.
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amitriptyline for Fibromyalgia: This medicine made me so exhausted I would sleep at least 12 hours every night and I'd feel so tired all day I couldn't get anything done. And the two nights I couldn't take it when I was on it, I stayed up for over 24 hours with insomnia. It freaked me out that it would prevent me from sleeping if I didn't take it, so I got off of it quickly. It DID help some of the pain, but it wasn't worth it.
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: Been taking Amitriptyline for 16 days now (10 mg at night), still VERY drowsy and lethargic during the day, and worse, a huge appetite increase especially for sweets and carbs. The pounds are piling on, but zero migraines/headaches and that after suffering badly for 35 years. I'm not ready to give up on the medicine yet despite side effects - I think it's too early and I plan to give it another month.
amitriptyline for Pain: I was prescribed this for breakthrough pain, but it did not help it at all. I also got severely depressed the first day I started taking it, and it did not let up. However, the one thing it did help with was my MAV (migraine associated vertigo)! Immediately after taking it, I was no longer dizzy! Every day I took this, I wasn't dizzy and could actually function normally. I would have stayed on it for this reason but the depression was too much. My sleep specialist also almost prescribed this for my insomnia but I was already on other antidepressants at the time. I'm no longer on any of those (It was PMDD the entire time) but still this wouldn't have helped anyway (like every other sleep medicine I've tried).
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