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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.
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Vulvodynia: Use of Elavil has not lessened the pain associated with vulvodynia (or nerve ending pain), but it seems I can tolerate it more. But I notice that my throat gets very dry and my voice is hoarse. Also I have been diagnosed with dry eye, and I do feel that is caused by the Elavil (along with dry mouth and throat).
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Insomnia: I was put on Elavil to treat sleep deprivation and for pain relief. Took it for four days. It did not help with the pain and it kept me up instead of putting me to sleep. For the first two days I slept for maybe 3 hours total (slept for one hour, woke up for about an hour, fell asleep for an hour, up again, etc.) then the last two days I went for two days straight with no sleep. Very frustrating.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: After 12 years of dealing with EVERY DAY a tugging and pulling feeling in my brain, causing me to be determined disabled. I have a new doctor who yesterday started me on 10mg Elavil. I came to this website to read the comments to see if I dared believe that I could be feeling like I was finally given a miracle that might cure my diagnosed "transformed migraine" condition! TODAY, for the FIRST time in 12 years, there is no debilitating tugging and pulling, although I feel sleepy and I do feel a slight steady "pull".
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: I have been on a 75mg of Elavil for over a year now for degenerative disc decease and 2 bad knees, it helps me sleep but the pain is still bad even with a morphine patch and oxycodone, but maybe my case is a rare one.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Dysthymia: I was taking an SSRI antidepressant and other depression medicines but they didn't work. I started taking this and felt way better than I did before. I've been taking it for a while and got used to the sedating side effects and it's helped me from the first time I took it.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Anxiety and Stress: I have been taking Elavil for over 5 years now and I must say it has changed my whole outlook completely. I was diagnosed as bi-polar, depressed and an insomniac. This medication has improved all three of my conditions.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I suffered with Migraines since I was about 12. I am now 36. My migraine attacks went from moderate to severe after the birth of my daughter. I would get attacks which would last for 10 days and would mimic symptoms of a stroke. I tried Sandomigran which I gained 8 kg in 3 weeks. Topamax was far worse which felt like my whole body was burning. I'm now on a combination of Zoloft 100 mg and Elavil starting at 10 mg. Generally you're not supposed to mix the 2 because it can cause "serotonin syndrome" which can be life threatening. However my neurologist and psychiatrist are keeping a close eye on me. So far Elavil has had the least side effects. I started on 10 mg and will double dose in 2 weeks. I did notice less neck and head pain.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: I'm on 200 mg at night. I know it's more than most people. I have chronic pain from degenerative bone disease plus I'm bipolar. This med is old school but it has helped me more than any of the newer meds. It is worth trying if other meds haven't helped.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: Helped my migraines a lot! However had severe constipation, gained 45lbs in 6 months, gave me night terrors and caused me to have slight depression. For migraines though it was great but due to all the side effects I was having, I have since switched. I would recommend Elavil to migraine sufferers it worked for me!
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: Elavil is great. I take 50 mg at night. It has helped with migraines, anxiety and depression. It is very cheap and very effective. I take it with Pristiq and Klonopin (as needed).
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I took it for 6 weeks. First week 25mg increased to 50mg second week. After 10 days I didn't have a single headache. I loved that! After months of headaches 70% of the day and 2-4 migraines a week it seemed heaven sent. Only thing is it put me into a deep depression. So now I can't take Elavil. Trying Topamax 75mg and its not cutting it. Back to frequent headaches 70% of the day!
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: I had daily migraines for several years. I have been prescribed many different preventatives but was taking 50mg of Imitrex and 4 Tylenol #3 a day for pain relief.
Since my neurologist started me on Elavil at 25 mg and finally building up to 50 mg a night (2 months ago) I have only used 2 Imitrex and no more Tylenol with Codeine. This is truly miraculous! The only down side is a 10 lb weight gain. I eat a pretty restricted diet to begin with (no butter or fats, lean meats/fish and no sweets or snack foods). I am trying to further reduce my caloric intake to stop the weight gain. Anyway, I would rather be a little chubby and almost pain free.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Migraine Prevention: Did a decent job of preventing migraines and shortening their duration. Couldn't take full dose as it made me zombie like for a full 24 hours. Also made my heart rate 20-30bpm faster than normal.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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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