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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Insomnia
Review by DagonMom (taken for 1 to 2 years):
amitriptyline: I have been on quite a few different sleep meds because of my head injury. I now have "Alpha Wave Intrusion", so my brain won't shut down. Been this way for 16 years now. Elival is the only Med that is able to get me to sleep and let me fall me back to sleep if I wake up. I'm on 200mg and right now it seems to be okak. In a few months I'll probably have to adjust, but that's okak, I can deal with that. This is definitely an excellent choice for me.
16 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Much Happier (taken for less than 1 month):
amitriptyline: 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.
42 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: 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.
84 users found this comment helpful.
Elavil (amitriptyline): 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.
30 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: 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.
22 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: 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.
75 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I have been on Amitriptyline HCL 25 mg at bedtime for less than one week and wake up groggy for about 20 minutes. I fall asleep but will wake up at least twice during the night but I will fall back to sleep. And talk about the vivid and wild dreams which I have never experienced before! I think I am very sensitive to this type of medicine.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Elavil (amitriptyline): 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.
36 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I had insomnia due to hot flashes which began 8 years ago. My blessed Dr. prescribed 25 mg amitriptyline a night. I no longer wake up repeatedly due to my "internal combustion". Life is normal again.
48 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I had an operation 8 weeks ago which has upset my sleeping. I was given zopiclone for 2 weeks which did make me sleep but no more than 4 hrs per night. Since last Friday I am on 50mg of amitriptyline and the first night I slept but felt like a zombie the next morning - couldn't feel my shins or feet and very spaced out. This morning, 6 days since I started amitriptyline, I haven't slept and when I say that I mean that - not a wink of sleep in the last 3 night's. I was passing out yesterday with exhaustion. They have reduced my dose to 35 and I will persist but at this present time it hasn't helped me at all, just made me worse. I am hoping it will come good because the reviews are inspiring.
19 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: Took it for depression, anxiety and insomnia. It has taken just under 2 months at 75mg daily to kick in properly, but when it did, I found it to be a God send! I've been taking it for 4 months now, and cannot remember last time I felt anxious, and my sleep is best its ever been.
Side effects are dissapearing slowly, and I feel very happy, and look forward to the future again. Highly recommend.
65 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: 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.
20 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I have difficulty falling asleep, and staying asleep. I took 50-100 mg nightly. It did not help me get to sleep any earlier than 4-6am, and when I finally would go to sleep, I would sleep for 10 hours. Totally not useful when I get up
for work at 7am! Very vivid enjoyable dreams though.
15 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I have Parkinson's, which often has insomnia as a symptom. Sometimes I could not get any sleep at all for three or four nights. True. I tried Zopiclone which gave me four hours sleep at doses of 7.5mg, but I felt yucky next day. My GP recommended 30mg of amitriptyline per night which generally gives me five hours sleep and I feel OK the next day. This is a wonderful medicine which has improved my life.
26 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I've taken amitriptyline at night for 20 years. I got to the point I couldn't sleep well. I found that getting off the medicine also caused insomnia. I'm hopeful this will eventually get better.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Elavil (amitriptyline): After my sister died when I was 12 years old I had a hard time sleeping. Only only getting 3 hours of sleep at a time. My doctor prescribed Elavil and it worked immediately. I can finally concentrate on task that I could not do before. I am taking 200 mg of Elavil.
34 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I have been on this for 6 weeks. The first 4 weeks 25mgs at night and now the next two weeks 50 mgs at night. I have multiple herniated and torn discs from an accident and could not sleep. I have tried many other sleeping aid (Ambien ETC.) and none of them are even close. This medicine is amazing. I sleep through the night now(6 -9 hrs) amazing. Once in awhile a little groggy in the morning for about 20 minutes but that's it. Unbelievable. In a league of it own for sleep.
43 users found this comment helpful.
amitriptyline: I was put on 25mg of amitriptyline because of my dependence to zoplicone (a horrible sleeping pill). It took a few weeks for the amitriptyline to kick in but once it did I was able to easily fall asleep, stay asleep for 8-10 hours and wake up feeling refreshed. I am happy to say that it's been 3 months and I haven't had to take any zopiclone which is a big deal for me. I only take 10mg now a night but actually feel like I don't even need it. I plan to completely stop it next week.
36 users found this comment helpful.
Elavil (amitriptyline): I have a very high tolerance for a lot of pain medications due to pain issues. Your body always needs more and more to produce the same effect until almost nothing works.
Fortunately, this type of medication doesn't affect me that way. Although I guess it is mainly used for depression. It has worked like a charm for me to get my body to sleep much longer. And I have never had to increase the dose. The only drawback for me with this medication is that when I do wake up I am pretty groggy for about 45 minutes.
80 users found this comment helpful.
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