User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Fibromyalgia
"I just took the first dose of 10MG last night for Fibro (which I've had for 20 years). It's now 10am and I can't get out of bed (I usually get up before 6am). I have a 6 year old and struggled to get up to get her ready this morning. There's no way I can make it to work this morning. I'm so out of it and I feel horrible. Hope the groggy sleepiness wears off soon! I cannot see me continuing to take this. I cannot speak to whether it would work for Fibro BUT my experience with fibromyalgia is anything that lets you get sleep will help. This used as a sleep medication is not a good option in my opinion, it lasts much to long."
TKN (taken for less than 1 month) November 6, 2015
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"I also have Fibromyalgia and Stenosis, and for five years my doctors prescribed many different medications.....finally I have a combination that puts me to sleep, KEEPS me asleep (before I'd wake up a dozen times a night) and I have NO side effects. I'm taking 90mg of Cymbalta once a day, 7.5 Norco three times a day, 10mg Valium three times a day and Elavil 25mg at bed time. I still have pain and stiffness but I can sleep thru the night. My mood has improved and I'm better able to deal with my health issues and life situations. It took a long time to get to this point but it was well worth the wait as I am sleeping 8-10 hours a night now, my dark circles are nearly gone and I'm happier because I feel rested."
It Works November 5, 2015
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"After reading some of the reviews I just want to say that amitriptyline is not prescribed to help with the daily pain of fibromyalgia. It is used to help ease the other symptoms it can cause. If you are taking it in hopes that your daily aches and pains are going to go away then I suggest you see a different doctor and try something else. I take Savella also and that has helped me a great deal. But I am using amitriptyline because I suffer from tension headaches and migraines. Out of the month, I can go every day with a headache. I have not been on it long enough to give you a full review but since I have been on it I can say that I am sleeping much better and my headaches are getting better. I have been on it for a little more than a week."
malloryb September 29, 2015
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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I haven't started this drug yet, but am suppose to today, I'm scared to take it from reading everyone's reviews cause I'm a tired person and have IBS so any change can make me really sleepy or feel sick, I'm really sleepy. I'm 31 with 2 kids. I don't want to be more tired or feel like a zombie cause half the time I do anyways. I'm crying cause I'm so scared to take this drug cause the side effects seem so much and those side effects always affect me. I will try it so my doctor can't hound me about taking it. I really don't wanna lose my thoughts cause I have a bad memory as is. But what can you do when you have to be a lab rat for your doctor, not happy!"
Jennypaigeandfam September 11, 2015
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"Doctors could not figure out why I had pain and sleepless nights. I finally told the docs lets pretend its fibromyalgia and treat it. Doctor prescribed amitriptyline and I am 90% better. I still have occasional difficult nights but my life is much better."
hoggywood August 23, 2015
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"Used it for a month started at 10 mg-20 mg. One of the worst drugs I have used. It left me so sedated that I couldn't wake up in the morning and wanted to sleep all day. It helped with head aches but I couldn't concentrate, felt overly emotional, crying and angry. I found it hard to drive from lack of focus 18 hours after taking pill. I had a deep sleep, but not a restful one, the dreams were bizarre. Dry mouth and irritable too. Not worth not having a headache to have all of these problems. I am very sensitive to medication as I don't drink so it was not for me. Oh and I gained three pounds in first two weeks using it."
JJ85 (taken for less than 1 month) May 25, 2015
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Endep (amitriptyline): "I have been on Endep for 35 years. I have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and plenty more. In the last six months I have been getting very odd symptoms such as the ones provided within this article!( sudden weight gain, inability to eat properly, tiredness, rounded face,weakness, sore mouth and tongue, to slight more depression, At the moment I am on a doctor treadmill ...everyone from my endocrinologist to a neurologist, GP and many more have put their hands up saying I don't know!! The medicines work really well for fibromyalgia but after some time they can work against you! Please look at the list of side effects. I have a lot of them. Good luck!"
Rhondiga (taken for 10 years or more) December 3, 2014
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"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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"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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"I was prescribed this medication to help with the pain of fibromyalgia at night. I was started on 10mg and gradually upped to 30mg. I find I am sleeping better as the pain is not waking me during the night. I have had no side effects and a bonus is it has also helped ease my severe anxiety disorder a little. Thinking about asking if my dose can be upped to help with the anxiety."
GloomyEeyore April 24, 2014
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Elavil (amitriptyline): "While it doesn't take away all the pain it has helped with the tiredness and the feeling that I was wearing a lead suit. I still have bad days but so far I am pleased with this medication. It has helped me more than any other medication that I have tried."
Shelle518 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 26, 2014
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"Just started on 10mg at night to help me sleep I have degenerative disk same symptoms as fibromyalgia. Sleeping better now, feel a bit better . Only my first week no side effects my GP told me to drink hot water everyday. "
Guidebridge December 12, 2013
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Endep (amitriptyline): "I have been on Endep for Fibromyalgia for 10 years. At first the affect was awesome, for the first time in many years I slept properly and had hardly any pain. Over the years though, this has changed. I started off on 50mg per day and over the years had to have it increased to the maximum does of 150mg. Recently I have been having heart palpatations and an increased heart rate. My doctor has put it down to the extended time I have been on Endep at such a high rate. So now I am on a drug to lower my heart rate, which works well, but my doctor is getting me to try to cut down on the Endep with a view of going off it altogether and hopefully also going off the drug that I need to lower my heart rate. It's not working I'm in too much pain"
Lemmingham November 5, 2013
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Elavil (amitriptyline): "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."
Yikes! September 30, 2013
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Elavil (amitriptyline): "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."
Zaneygirl (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 30, 2013
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"My 10 rating is for the medicine's effectiveness for insomnia, not pain. I used to take lots of medications, including amitriptyline. I gained 20 pounds. To lose weight, I started adhering to a plant-based diet and exercising. After 4 months of diet and exercise, my pain was almost gone, so I dropped all of my medications. After that, I lost 15 pounds. A few months later, my insomnia came back. Because I wasn't sleeping, my pain increased again. So, I started back on amitriptyline. I take 30mg 4-5hrs before bed. It takes a few weeks to kick-in as a sleep aid and it might cause night-sweats for about a month. After a month, I started sleeping like a rock and I have no side-effects or weight gain. My previous weight-gain was due to Gabapentin."
AlyssaLS (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 14, 2013
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"I have had Fibro for 10 years (7 years since diagnosis). Amitriptyline has been the only constant help. All other medications have had no effect. Amitriptyline almost eliminates back pain (hasn't helped any other muscle pains. A dose of 75mg taken before bed gives me a full night's sleep. Side effects of weight gain, dry mouth and urinary retention just have to be managed until I can find anything better."
Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 7, 2012
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"Took this for leg pain that was from unknown cause, possibly pinched nerve or peripheral neuropathy. It seemed to help some with pain, maybe 30% reduction at 25mg dose. But I was sleeping 20 hours a day, real groggy when awake, and having severe stomach pains and constipation. I stopped after 2 weeks of this. I thought it was just side effects but my doctor diagnosed it as an allergic reaction."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) September 2, 2012
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