User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Pain
"I'm into my third week with amitript. It was prescribed as a possible helper for what likely is a squashed sciatic nerve in the base of the spine that does the worst kinds of pain things%u20147.5ish%u2014to my butt, left leg and foot. I've had three shots of cortisone into my lower spine. Nothing. I live in hope that amitript will be effective and surgery might be avoided."
UncleDunc (taken for less than 1 month) April 17, 2016
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"Was diagnosed with plasmacytoma in the left mandible and went through radiation therapy 5 days a week for 5 weeks. The radiation did a lot of damage to the inside of my mouth and tongue. I now have an exposed bone in my gum by the molars. I was healing nicely then out of the blue I started having severe pain in my jaw. It only lasted less than 10 minutes x 10 per day, but it would come on suddenly and was severe. My oncologist said it was probably nerve regeneration causing the nerves to spasm. He prescribed amitriptyline 10mg and said to increase every 3-4 days until I start feeling relief. I am on 30 mg now and no pain at all and yes I have been sleeping great. My mouth was already dry from the radiation so no problem."
Tjf13150 April 15, 2016
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"Use to sleep through night time back pain. When I wake up at night it is easy to get back to sleep. I use 10 mg. Initially woke in morning with headaches but learned to take 3 hours before bedtime and no more headaches. Sometimes slightly groggy in morning but short lived. Sometimes wake in morning really stiff but had good sleep. Couple stretching exercises and good to go."
THERDP (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 3, 2016
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"This can be a life-changer. I'm 22 and had gotten a concussion back in Nov. I was in bed every day for over 2 months, told to avoid ALL stimulation, lost a few lbs, hit with multiple migraines per day. My doc prescribed amitriptyline & within a few days of starting, I was easing back out of the dark and into the light (metaphorically and literally).This med gave me my life back and now I'm able to graduate on-time which was threatened then. Sympt: little more constipation than my usual, dry mouth, a dampened libido... they're all not bad sacrifices for me. Also, I've been aura-migraine-free since this medicine too! My aunt has been on it for almost 30 yrs and it's helped her chronic migraines as well. She's about 55 I think. Consider it!!!"
Violetrose1130 March 12, 2016
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"I had suffered for 3 months with sciatica and chronic, paralysing back pain. I had diazepam, temegesic, naproxem, solpadol, omeprazale, for pain relief , all across the 3 months and nothing worked. I went to the physio (on crutches) and he assessed me, and couldn't do anything due to the inability to move much. He mentioned trying Amitriptyline to address the nerve inflammation. I went to the doctor and started on low dose of 10mg x 2 per night. After 3 nights I was able to stand, walk, sit - basically was back to 80%, I still have sciatic ache in my leg but it has literally changed my quality of life. I have been on them a week, but it is allowing me to stretch and do some physio now. Yes to the dry mouth, but try it out."
Gazza100 (taken for less than 1 month) February 21, 2016
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"I took 25mg of this drug for 20 years after being diagnosed with 7 different auto immune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I went off it last May, due to increased irritability. My symptoms all returned from the diseases....burning feet and toes, pain in knees and hips and back and shoulders... so I started back on my 25mg. The first night I slept through the whole night..first time in months. I'm on day 5 and still have the hung over feeling 24/7, but nothing hurts. My whole body has a tingling sensation which is much more tolerable than pain. However my appetite has doubled, which is a huge worry as weight gain equals more pain in the joints. But I'll take having to watch my food intake over pain anyday"
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) February 12, 2016
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"I have been taking amitriptyline on and off for over three years after a serious road accident, where my pelvis was crushed and I suffered major nerve damage. It really really works, but I am trying to get off it permanently because of the side effects. It helps with pain and sleep, which are my two biggest complaints, but the side effects of constipation, dry mouth and a weight gain of 50 pounds (from 120 to 170) are really quite terrible, especially when taken in connection with other side effect causing drugs. I would be very careful about taking this drug. It's very important to weigh the costs vs benefits. Since I was a trauma patient, I didn't have much choice in the matter and I am still living with the consequences."
Orthopatient January 23, 2016
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"My 11.5yr old is on 20mg of amitriptyline at bedtime for peripheral neuropathic pain in the ball of her foot. We started on 10mg and had no effect after 1month on sleep or pain levels. 20mg has reduced pain by 15% and increased her sleep. (only waking once a night instead of 3 times). Pain levels are still at 6.5/10 on her scale (we she has a high pain threshold as she has broken her wrist a couple of times). She is a well build 11yrs old and not experiencing any side effects. Our consultants are anti-medication so not keen on her taking any dose. Does anyone have any guidance on dose rate - From what I have read, we could easily up her to 25/30mg and see whether this has any further effect....clearly the 20mg is doing something?"
kolly (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 16, 2016
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"Following a stroke in June 2014, that Christmas I had become aware of an extremely unpleasant discomfort everywhere but particularly my hands/arms/legs and feet this led to 7 months of tests/scans/x-rays to try and determine what was the cause. Then finally a neurologist diagnosed central post stroke pain. The prognoses did not look good, anti-depressives or anti-convulsives where just about all they had to treat this condition, at first I was reluctant especially when I read about the possible side-effects but over time I was beginning to despair. I decided to talk to my GP and was put on 10mg of amitriptyline and told to come back later this month (Jan) by that weekend I was sure the tingles/prickly heat were less evident, but I had only been taking them for 3 days surely it%u2019s too soon (I had read to give it 2-6 weeks before I could expect any beneficial change). I have now been on them for 1 week and to my amazement they are working, so from a 7/10 and slowly creeping up it is now a 5/10 and feeling a little better every day, all this in the space of just a week. For me Amitriptyline has saved my life, I was sinking and in despair and was seriously thinking I could not go on with this chronic pain day after day. How I wished I%u2019d tried this medication earlier instead of being influenced by so many negative reports because for me Amitriptyline is truly miraculous, I feel like putting the empty box in my bedroom surrounding it with candles and flowers and on my knees worshiping it. If you are reluctant about taking it for neurological pain especially central pain following stroke please don%u2019t be, try it you have nothing to lose except pain. And just one more thing no side-effects"
Anonymous January 14, 2016
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"Having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia & night terrors a few years ago, I was taking the maximum amount of paracetamols & Ibuprofen daily which were providing very little relief from the chronic pain. After being prescribed 20mg Amitriptyline to be taken nightly my sleep has been amazing and pain levels are almost nil! I feel I have my life back now, I was concerned that I may be a little drowsy in the mornings as I have to drive to work early but I felt fine and 100% 'with it'. The most amazing feeling ever is one of not having to adjust everything I have to do daily to fit around the pain/muscle spasms etc...I also keep a 'pain level' diary which is a real help on looking back."
Me-Shell (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 8, 2016
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"I went to see my Dr about restless legs at night which is quite painful. She prescribed 25mg at night before bed. It's was working well..no pain. However I fell over a couple of times which I thought was odd but didn't set any alarms off. I began to feel stiff and unable to bend over to pick things up. I was afraid I would hurt myself. Not realizing this was the drug. I figured this is what happens when you are close to 50. The worst side effect was the weight gain. I was on the drug for 3.5 months and gained 30 lbs. Once again I figured it was because I was getting older. So the drug certainly helped my leg pain...but altered my body to look like the pilsner dough girl."
Hungry all the time (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 29, 2015
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"After years and years of self medicating and over medicating on co- codamol. Chewing ibupufren, even nasal surgery to relieve severe sinus pain I was prescribed amatriptyline 10mg at night. Immediately, or at least the next morning, after the best nights sleep I'd had in years, the pain was GONE !! It became apparent, though, after a few weeks that my sex drive had also GONE!! What a dilemma for a 45 yr old, normally virile bloke. If I'm honest, after all the years of pain and worry I'd had over taking so many pain killers, it was a small sacrifice to make. Unfortunately, my partner didn't see it in the same light, understandably...Oh well ?"
Jaw Cruncher December 20, 2015
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"Have been taking 10mg for 4 & half weeks. Third week in felt fine with less pain. Now severe stomach cramps & back pain has returned. Unsure if I should continue with them."
dottydd (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 10, 2015
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"I was prescribed Amitriptyline for herniated disc and nerve pain. I took 10mg every night for over a year. Having had regular physio I made good progress and decided to come off them to see if I still needed them. Also my teeth were suffering from constant dry mouth and my hair was falling out at an alarming rate. Both symptoms stopped within 2 weeks of coming off them however 3 weeks in the nerve pain has returned. I can't decide if going back on them is worth losing my teeth and hair for ! Also due to its sleep inducing properties it can for some be very addictive, I certainly have as good a quality of sleep as I did."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 1, 2015
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"Elavil has been used by Ortho surgeons for neck and back patients for over 40 years. I believed then and now it is to relieve the pt from depressive symptoms while helping with relief of nerve pain, neuropathy, that which pain meds cannot. I take it for post operative cervical disc/fusion that causes neuropathy."
post op cervical spine fusion (taken for 10 years or more) November 14, 2015
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"Have been suffering nerve damage pain on my leg after having 3 slipped discs for more than 1.5 years and tried a lot of pain relief tablets but didn't like the side affects from them plus I still had the pain. My dr perscribed me these, must admit I really didn't think they would be any good but was surprised from the moment I took the first tablet, the pain had greatly decreased so after a week I started to take 2 every evening after dinner and I hardly know myself. Pain free. And the only side affect is feeling a bit sleepy, hence taking then in the evening."
Smurf100067 November 4, 2015
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"After one year of MRI, CT scan, ultrasound exams for unexplained sharp chest pain (neuropathic, possible neuroma) I was prescribed 10 mg amytriptiline to be taken at night. After 2 months this has brought me back to normal having failed wth all other medications including tramadol. No symptoms at all now though it was necessary to persevere as it took about a month to kick in. Worth trying if you have drawn a blank with everything else..."
Peter 1955 October 31, 2015
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"I lost my hand in a car accident about 3 year's ago I got rsd because of that. Nothing truly helped my pain until I got on Amitriptyline. With chronic pain it takes all your energy but Amitriptyline helped me get my life back. I still have very bad days but I'm able to clean again play with my kids. Thank too Amitriptyline I love life again."
Shelley bell (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 2, 2015
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"Chronic severe pain from fibromyalgia, Crowns, degenerative disease, arthritis and more. Just went to see a new psychiatrist and he prescribed 50mg nightly for depression and anxiety. I am almost pain free. I can't believe all the docs I've had over the years never thought of this. It is definitely is worth talking to your doc about it is truly a Godsend !"
momspebbles (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 27, 2015
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"I had a very horrible toothache and this helped me to numb it, the pain was still there in the background and also I have insomnia so this helped me to sleep and be without excruciating pain - did make me feel a bit loopy of you don't go right to bed when you start to feel it"
Toothache456668447) September 24, 2015
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"This is the only medication I can take that gives me some relief from the pain I suffer in my back and leg. I have disc damage and nerve damage. I at time can be taking 75mg per night and other times only 20mg pain dependent. The only side effect I suffer is the chronic munchies the next day till I have completely flushed the drugs out of my system and a slight dopey-ness. Without these I would not get any sleep at night, these guarantee me 3 solid hours and some pain relief."
Shell666 (taken for 10 years or more) September 21, 2015
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