User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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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

Review by Brando.24:

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10

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Depression: I suffer an array of chronic pain / low back and leg issues - My doctor, after many failed attempts of finding the right medication for me, used this in conjunction with the muscle relaxant Robaxin and in the first three days there was notable significant relief of virtually all pain. I continue to take 75mg twice a day and I feel like I have my life back again. This medicine has been a blessing.

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July 17, 2013 2:49 AM

Review by Bob Mcculey (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

For Depression: I was really depressed.... This helped

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July 13, 2013 11:51 PM

Review by Chewy 1:

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9.0

Endep (amitriptyline) for Pain: Was prescribed Endep 10 for the pain associated with an attack of Shingles. The effect was very good as I had very little pain from the rash or the nerves affected by shingles.

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July 12, 2013 2:46 AM

Review by Eliora:

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8.0

For Pain: This is an update to my previous post, about 4 months ago. Now, through close monitoring and guidance by my doctor, I am taking 40 mg of the amitriptyline around 10am and 20 mg around 10pm. Side effects at this dosage are insignificant (dry mouth, bitter taste, sometimes sleepy 3 hours after morning dose) considering I am getting much relief from the constant pushing/pulling. I rated 8 this time because this amount seems the most I can take. I'm so grateful for having about 15 days and evenings where I can sit normally to watch T.V or read, not having to have to be lying down. So I encourage any people with transformed migraines to ask your doctor about trying it. I forgot to mention that I can finally get REM sleep now. No more Ambien.

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July 11, 2013 6:12 PM

Review by DEMM:

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8.0

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I have been taking 12.5 mg a night for a couple years and this has helped me live a near normal life. It took a couple weeks for me to really feel the difference. I continue to have flare ups now and again, along with symptoms similar to prostatitis, but I can take a very low dose of Valium (2.5 mg) and the 12.5mg of Amitriptiline for 1 night and am back to normal the next day. I have found that regular exercise is also very helpful. I am 56 and just completed a 1/2 marathon, that would have been impossible before I started the Amitriptiline. Still have to watch what I eat to some degree, but nothing like before.

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July 10, 2013 2:50 PM

Review by Cat cat (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Depression: I have been on Elavil for depression for 20 years. I did have some problem with not remembering that I had told someone something already. This has gotten better as I made a conscious effort to remember things. I still have some problems with memory in forgetting where I put things. The best thing that happened is I have not had a headache in 20 years. I used to have bad headaches 2-3 times a week so this has been well worth putting up with side-effects.

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July 8, 2013 11:03 AM

Review by Oldhat86 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Insomnia: I take 10mg 11 hours before I want to wake up. It helps me sleep through the night. I've always been a light sleeper. I do not have problems falling to sleep, but in the last five or six years I wake up about every hour or so, once I've been asleep more than 2-3 hours. I was tired throughout the day. This really helps me stay asleep through the night. Not always, but so much better than before. I'm much more alert during the day. I'm taking a very low dose, and it is not very expensive. My doctor noticed my symptoms and recommended I try this, as it is non-narcotic, non-addicting and relatively inexpensive. I'm in my mid 50s, and I thought I was just going to have to live with sleepless nights.

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June 29, 2013 9:26 PM

Review by KAT2603 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Insomnia: I have really, really bad insomnia. I'm up for 3 -4 days straight and after my doctor prescribed me a combination of zopiclone and amitriptyline I'm able to sleep 4-5 hours but your body can become tolerant after a while meaning you may have to increase your dosage. I've had to do this but what I've started to do is try to keep really busy throughout the day and IF needed at night I'll take a smaller dose than prescribed to me or try to go a few days without it then take my regular dose.

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June 28, 2013 3:37 PM

Review by Mag08 (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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8.0

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferer for years. Amitriptyline works really well for me. There are still certain foods I avoid and I very occasionally get a flare up (normally because I have either over eaten or eaten something I would normally avoid). I take 20mg at night time, I did try to reduce this down to 10mg but after a couple of weeks all my symptoms were back, pain, bloating, constipation, etc. I'd advice anyone suffering to give it a go. It took several weeks of taking it before I experienced significant relief of symptom. Although I read that for some people it works straight away. Hope this helps.

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June 28, 2013 5:34 AM

Review by sleepless74:

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4.0

For Insomnia: I've started on 25mg and steadily increased. Now I'm taking 200mg every night! It does nothing for my pain, or anxiety and barely touches my insomnia. I wake up 3-4 times every night with night terrors. I think next Drs. appointment she will increase my dosage even more. I have extreme post traumatic stress disorder and have several fractures in my spine. All I know is my dosage is already higher than most of the comments I've read. And my wife is on an even higher dose than me.

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June 18, 2013 9:46 PM

Review by ShirMason:

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9.0

For Anxiety and Stress: I have never been able to take any kind of antidepressant comfortably. I was put on Elavil to start, at 50mg after three months was raised to 100mg always taken at night of course. I was pretty depressed about several issues in my life, not the least of which was the fact my father was dying/died. I also take meds for anxiety/panic disorder, as well as pain, I was disabled before 1994, when I was hit by two cars; already disabled, this made the pain from fibromyalgia worse as well as messed up my spine and neck, etc. Now when I run out of the small amount of the anti-anxiety medicines, I don't have a meltdown like before. I do get sleepy, miss the tail end of movies I want to see, I have the dry mouth yes, however the trade off is worth it.

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June 17, 2013 10:49 PM

Review by 41rice (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

Elavil (amitriptyline) for Interstitial Cystitis: Actually I started taking it for severe nerve pain in my neck and I have Interstitial Cystitis as well since taking it I have had great success with the management of pain. I have gained 35 lbs while being on the medication, but sometimes you have no choice. Hands down give me a life without pain and suffering with 35 extra lbs. I will gladly take poundage over pain any day.

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June 11, 2013 10:22 PM

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

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10

For Anxiety and Stress: Had panic and anxiety every day - was non-functional. Started taking this medicine 2 years ago and it saved me, gave me my life back. Now my doctor wants me to try to wean off to see how I do. I'm taking only 10 mg per day before bed, but even trying to cut it back slightly makes me feel jittery and slightly anxious. Am going to try to stay the course and see what happens. Perhaps it would be easier to just stay on the med, but I know long-term it's not good. So, we will see what happens.

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June 10, 2013 2:14 PM

Review by Lady Caution:

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7.0

For Interstitial Cystitis: I began on Amitriptyline about three years ago I think? Started at 25 mgs with the option of increasing to 50 mgs for bladder Interstitial Cystitis. Because of weight gain I stayed mostly at 25 mgs nightly rather than increase the dose. But recently I have increased my dose back up to 50mgs. It is helping with the pelvic and bladder pain associated with Interstitial Cystitis at about 65 percent. It is not though helping with the frequency of urination around the clock as for so many years. But the relief with my abdominal and bladder discomfort is improving at present. For me that is a God send. My other medical and health challenges I am plugging away at.

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June 7, 2013 8:46 PM

Review by TheyReallyWorked:

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10

For Insomnia: I have to say this medicine was a lifesaver for me, and I do not use the term lightly. Before I took these tablets I had got to the point where I thought NOTHING could help me and every sleepless night was a living hell. These tablets finally allowed me to sleep but also had a true restorative effect on my depleted brain which carried over to the next day. I know there are side effects, especially on a higher dose, but these side effects were worth it for the benefits they gave me. I know it's hard but amitriptyline can give you a crutch to lean on and please don't dismiss them. If they can help me, and I was really at the end of the line, they can help somebody else.

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June 1, 2013 5:39 PM

Review by megustamex:

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10

For Migraine Prevention: Amazing medicine. I had migraines for 20 years and they had worsened to twice a week with no relief from Axert, which had worked relatively well in the past. I tried Topamax and experienced horrible mood swings, anger and hyperactivity. Went on Amitriptyline and gradually moved up to 50mg as it wasn't fully effective at lower doses. Once I reached 50mg my migraines went down to twice a month. Even better, the Axert works much more effectively when I do have a migraine. I had dry mouth early on but this went away. The only other side effect is occasional dizziness when I stand up (but this only happens about once a week and clears after a few seconds), which is common on this medicine. It has totally changed my life.

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May 31, 2013 12:59 AM

Review by Jake v (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Migraine Prevention: When I was a child I suffered severe migraines almost every day. I would have to lay in a dark room and most times they would be so bad I would vomit. After running extensive tests doctors decided to put me on amitriptyline. I can't recall the exact dosage but I was on it for a couple years. It worked like a charm and I get probably 1 or 2 migraines a month. Wonderful medicine!

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May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

Review by Jody108:

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10

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I am not much of a prescriptions type person but I tried this medicine and at 50mg each night. WOW! I am feeling normal for the first time in 20 years. My insane thirst and aches are gone (most days). The side effects are severe constipation and all my old injuries are flaring up. I don't mind though. I'd rather not have bowel movements and a bad ankle than Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

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