User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Pain
Review by qcathy:
Dr. started me on Endep 2 months ago for chronic pain in the long bones caused by side effects from Chronic Myaloid Leukaemia medication. It's the first time in nine years that I have felt "almost" normal! It makes me tired so I take it at night. The only drawback is dry mouth and loss of taste. The taste thing is driving me up the wall, and I don't know that I can live with it. So now I have to weigh up the pros & cons of living without tasting my food, or living without pain.
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April 26, 2015 10:06 PM
Review by Hudsongrl:
Been on amitriptyline for 2 weeks for nerve pain after shingles. It has reduced discomfort from an 8 to a 3 most days. I take 10 mg at night and other than some grogginess the first 3-4 days, no side effects. I sleep well on it too.
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April 9, 2015 11:12 PM
Review by Shaelynn Moon (taken for 10 years or more):
I've suffered with chronic back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, debilitating chronic migraines and insomnia for 20yrs. For ten of the last 13 I took 150mg amitrptyline with an opiate pain killer and had my pain and migraines under control and quality of life. 3yrs ago my Dr. had to retire due to heart problems. I have a new pain management specialist but they only have me on 25mg amitrptyline and have me taking Neurotin instead. I've had horrifying insomnia ever since. Now I also have terrible neuopathy and parathisia and also interstalial cystalis, IBS, and have no quality of life any more. But now because of all your comments I have the courage to tell my Dr. I want my dosage raised because I know what works for me. Thank you all!
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March 2, 2015 8:32 AM
Review by Julesdancing8:
After recovering from a brain tumour and having it removed, I suffered from awful pains in my eyes, I think it was eye strain from reading and using the iPad whilst recovering. I was desperate for the pain to go away, trying alsorts of pain killers sometimes taking more than I should have. Until my great doctor prescribed amitriptyline, after a few days I felt relief. I'm now pain free and now limit my time on the iPad.
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February 25, 2015 2:26 PM
Review by Wendals (taken for 1 to 2 years):
I suffered with extreme leg pain for two years only when I was lying down. I was on Panadol (No good) then Tramadol (No good) I had so many sleepless nights or nights where I had to sleep sitting up. I was fine walking around but the moment I laid down the pain started. My doctor put me on Amitriptyline 10mg and after a week of being on it I have had no pain at all and sleep all night. I have been on it for just over a year. Happy person.
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February 20, 2015 9:29 AM
Review by mamawind:
It made me sleepwalk even down steep steps. Why?
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February 18, 2015 1:34 PM
Review by sassanne (taken for 1 to 6 months):
After having constant headaches for 4 years and being unable to take painkillers because of rebound headaches I was prescribed amitriptyline. I sleep right through and on 25mg my headaches are gone. This medicine has given me back my life!
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January 28, 2015 2:23 PM
Review by J P UK (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Diagnosed with atypical facial pain this was the only medication to help. Been on it 3 years 25mg every night , weight gain a side effect.
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January 15, 2015 5:58 AM
Review by McCadden (taken for less than 1 month):
Systemic Lupus for 3 years, severe spinal issues and now a trapped nerve in my buttocks. After no sleep for 5 days I became suicidal. Doc prescribed 10 mg's of Elavil...but it didn't work UNTIL I increased the dose to 30 mg's. NOW I am finally getting sleep and pain relief. This medicine is more effective than Oxycontin, hydromorphone and many other medicines I have taken for pain (ibuprofen, and other OTC medicines.) For me, the key was to increase the dose. Yes, there are side effects - constipation, dry mouth, drowsiness - but this is mild compared to suffering in so much pain that I did not want to live anymore.
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December 26, 2014 6:30 PM
Review by Maiku:
Elavil (amitriptyline): Very good
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December 19, 2014 8:17 AM
Review by Aureilan 1:
In my opinion, no & after squamous cell carcinoma, a spinal injury as well as taking morphine all this medicine does is dry my mouth out more than the morphine does. Ibuprofen is good unfortunately. It doesn't last long enough & isn't good on the stomach! Shame Really? Because in some respects It Was Slightly More Effective than morphine, albeit for only 3 to 4 Hours.
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November 23, 2014 5:20 PM
Review by RWBBB:
I was on Lyrica for several years to manage chronic referral pain in my foot from several back surgeries. Lyrica efficacy was wearing off and I was fortunate enough to change pain doctors, with the new doctor putting me on 30mg of Amitriptyline. I've been on it for about 5 weeks now and my pain level has come down substantially....I'm now sleeping much better and it's cheap compared to Lyrica too. Only 5 weeks, but I'm loving Amitriptyline.
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November 13, 2014 1:01 AM
Review by Sissybell:
I have had severe pain in my stomach for the last 5-6 years. Sometimes the pain was so bad I could not even move in my own bed. I started this medication after I was told that I have a nerve disorder. I am so pleased to say I have not felt any pain in over 7 days! Not only am I not in pain but I am sleeping so much better! I can also wake up easier and I feel less stressed. This medicine is amazing and it has saved me from more years of pain!
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October 19, 2014 1:29 PM
Review by wiggler (taken for less than 1 month):
For two years I was experiencing nagging pains all over my body. Then it got worse, accompanied by disgusting headaches. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong. Nothing I took would help the pain, as they got more and more. Then recently I was diagnosed with M.E. I got to see a specialist and she told me to ask my doc about Amitriptyline. I have only just started taking it, and have noticed a big change. I feel more comfortable and have finally managed to sleep better. Two yrs ago, my doc had told me that my pains were due to me sufferng depression, and prescribed citalopram. Now I am weening away from that, as I know that all I will need is amitriptyline - it works!
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October 16, 2014 8:21 AM
Review by Te Jay:
First I would like to thank each of you for your comments. After reading the side effects of this medication, I was very leery about starting it. I took my first one last night. 25 mg. Nothing on the ppr work stated it would help head aches. I've had a constant head ache since June 28th. Sometimes a little better, but most times it stops me in my track. I will follow up the longer I take it. Thank you again.
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September 22, 2014 1:25 PM
Review by pain and sleep and sleep and stress (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Elavil (amitriptyline): I took Elavil 100 mg for migraine and sleep back in 90's wow solved my problems. Quit taking, and now I'm on 200 mg sleep and neuropathy from diabetes, sleep and stress. I take other medicines. I'm not healed just no more pain. Sometimes fall asleep and times just breeze through the day. Elavil helps for many medical problems. Don't like the new medicines. The old medicines work best for me.
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September 19, 2014 2:09 AM
Review by Frugalone (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Elavil (amitriptyline): This was prescribe to me years ago in the late 1980's for pain, insomnia and stress. It was a blessing for me being able to sleep, no more pain and stress diminished. I slowly stopped taking it after being on it for three years with no problems after that. I was going through a lot of stress in my life, deaths, empty nest, break ups, job changes, etc.
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August 30, 2014 3:11 PM
Review by Dannieyy (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I started taking this medicine about 5 months ago for Neuropathy. The pain has gone away completely. I went from not being able to sleep at night and constant numbness in my toes and aching in my joints to no pain at all. BUT I am 20 and am not always able to go to bed before 10 pm so many days I cant take it because it will cause me to be completely unaware and sleepy for the entire next day. Even when I take it before 10 pm some days I just can't function the next day and that is becoming so inhibiting to where I don't take it. I literally fall asleep while driving.
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July 16, 2014 2:34 PM
Review by Mike the soothsayer(UK) (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have suffered with excruciating pain in my toes for 3 years almost, suicidal pain was so bad, codeine had no effect, a new Doctor put me on 10mg of Amitriptyline, wow, what a result no pain and I am sleeping and feeling much better
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May 9, 2014 3:08 PM
Review by Cupcak321 (taken for 2 to 5 years):
I have interstitial cystitis for 15 yrs now. I have tried everything. Lyrica worked great for pain but too many side effects. I am back to amitriptyline. Works really well and very inexpensive versus thousands for Lyrica. I even took it during my three pregnancies. All my babies healthy. Dr said this medicine has been around so long that he was comfortable giving it to me during pregnancy for my pain.
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March 25, 2014 9:23 PM
Review by Anonymous:
Elavil (amitriptyline): I have been experiencing tremendous constant pain in my right arm and shoulder caused by Multiple Sclerosis nerve pain. I've never experienced such pain before. Not being able to sleep for 5 days a doctor recommended that I take Elavil. I've only taken it for 2 days but I did sleep almost 6 hours last night with little pain. I'm confident that this is going to save my sanity and help with the nerve pain. So far very happy.
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March 19, 2014 7:31 PM
Review by Transparent911 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Elavil (amitriptyline): I started taking this medicine 4 months ago for my nerve pain in low dose of 10 mg twice a day and maybe a bit for depression. It does not help at all for the pain but it does help to fall asleep faster and for my mood.
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December 21, 2013 7:52 PM
Review by KaylieAnne (taken for less than 1 month):
I was prescribed this medication for insomnia and depression. I suffer from Lupus, Hashimoto's disease, fibromyalgia, CFS and C-PTSD. I"ve been on it for about four weeks. I've noticed a significant drop in pain on many days than not. I sleep a solid eight to nine hours a night. I've noticed that I'm calmer, but I'm on a very low dose of 10mg, but will requesting an increase. I also hope to drop my narcotic pain medication intake to ZERO, if this continues to work as well as it has. Getting sleep is a MAJOR issue and one that cannot be undermined when considering the elements that contribute to chronic illness of any kind. This is AMAZING. Dry mouth and night time vertigo during the first few weeks of use.
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November 29, 2013 1:09 AM
Review by Chloe12345:
I suffered with chronic pain for about seven years. Went to many specialist who told me either nothing was wrong or I had fibromyalgia. I tried all medications out there for pain, muscle relaxers, anti-depressants and medication for epilepsy. As well as meds for fibro. Nothing helped. Finally I found a new Nerologist who put me on a combo of Amitriptyline and Prozac. I am on both the smallest doses. It has been a miracle for my pain. I wish I would have known about this 7 years ago. My biggest problem with it is weight gain like 13 pounds. My diet has not changed and I took up running. But no weight comes off. I guess I rather have less pain and be a little over weight then skinny and in tons of pain:)
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November 13, 2013 12:57 PM
Review by finally pain free (taken for less than 1 month):
After 10 years of chronic abdominal pain, a bunch of tests, multiple doctors telling me to take ompeprazole with no relief I am now 90% pain free. I started taking Endep 1 week ago and have increased to 20 mg. It makes me a little sleepy but I take it 2 hrs before bed anyway. My new doc narrowed it down to overactive nerves and she nailed it. I'm now getting better quality of life and am happy that I have found this med. For me it's really worked well.
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October 27, 2013 4:09 AM
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