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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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Amitriptyline Review Summary

7.6/10 Average Rating

91 Ratings with 85 User Reviews

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"After one year on this I haven't felt anything good or bad I took a vacation and forgot it at home and went without it for about three weeks and I didn't feel any different and when I told my doctor about this. If I could stop taking it he told me no I should take it before bedtime even if it does not do anything. So what gives ??"

   
1.0

jpplayz (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 7, 2015

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I was prescribed this after a severe TBI and broken neck, it was suppose to help my headaches. After about a week it turned me into a rapid cycling bipolar suicidal freak, one second driving singing happy, next second I was trying to swerve in front of a semi."

   
1.0

Kristara (taken for less than 1 month) June 2, 2015

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"I was prescribed this for vulvodynia after seeing 2 gynecologists with no clue what "disease" I "had". My third gynecologist put me on 25mg each night, after a year of experiencing excruciatingly painful intercourse for no apparent reason. After just 2 weeks, Amitriptyline successfully took away the pain! I'm so thankful for my gyno's knowledge of this drug and her shot into the dark on prescribing me this, despite it rarely being prescribed in an OBGYN clinic!"

   
10

Atsmi (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 30, 2015

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"I was put on Amitriptyline 25mg. at Mayo Clinic in 1983. After a through work up they thought I had MS, but then gave the diagnosis of Neuropathy pain. At this time I'm taking 50mg. @ bed time, which has been the only thing that works. I'm able to sleep w/o pain. Now I just tried to refill the prescription and the cost is $219.00 for 180 pills. The last time filled 12/2014 $16.00/180 pills. Even tho this is a Generic why the higher cost?? Just can't afford it anymore. Don't know what I'm going to do. Have tried Tegratol, Cymbalta and many others, NOTHING ELSE WORKS."

   
10

Glitzylady May 8, 2015

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"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."

   
9.0

qcathy April 26, 2015

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"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."

   
8.0

Hudsongrl April 9, 2015

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"Been on and off this medication since November 2014 after a stint of three days with no sleeping thanks to my chronic anxiety/panic disorder. Started out on 50 mg but I couldn't tolerate it, so I tapered it down to 25 mg and it worked like a charm. The first few days are awful with the dizziness, foggy head, just getting the day started can be a royal pain. However, I had some amazing sleep taking this, just hated the feeling of being drugged. I tried going cold turkey off this medication and let me be the first to say DO NOT GO COLD TURKEY! I was so sick and shakey, muscle cramps/spasms, severe vomiting, worst flu like feeling you'll ever have. I broke down and cut a 25mg into 12.5 mg. muscle pain lingers but everything else is better."

   
7.0

Pandafan March 6, 2015

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"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! "

   
8.0

Shaelynn Moon (taken for 10 years or more) March 2, 2015

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"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."

Julesdancing8 February 25, 2015

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"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."

   
10

Wendals (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 20, 2015

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"It made me sleepwalk even down steep steps. Why?"

mamawind February 18, 2015

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"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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sassanne (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 28, 2015

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"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. "

   
9.0

J P UK (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 15, 2015

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"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."

   
9.0

McCadden (taken for less than 1 month) December 26, 2014

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "Very good"

Maiku December 19, 2014

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"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."

Aureilan 1 November 23, 2014

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"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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RWBBB November 13, 2014

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"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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Sissybell October 19, 2014

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"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!"

wiggler (taken for less than 1 month) October 16, 2014

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"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."

Te Jay September 22, 2014

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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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pain and sleep and sleep and stress (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 19, 2014

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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."

Frugalone (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 30, 2014

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"For the past 4 years this medication has been great to me. I was prescribed this because I have had horrible TMJ. At night this would ease my pain. It would also relax my jaw enough to sleep and not have clenching and grinding. I've only had 2 problems taking it. It has gave me nightmares and it makes me so sleepy that I rarely get out of bed on time the next day. But all in all it has helped me."

   
9.0

Beepleboop (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 5, 2014

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"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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Dannieyy (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 16, 2014

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"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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Mike the soothsayer(UK) (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 9, 2014

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