User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Pain
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
Review by susieoq:
Endep (amitriptyline): I have fibromyalgia and take Tramadol 150mg daily. Recently had a flare of trigeminal neuralgia and widespread neuropathic pain and Tramadol was not working for this. Doctor put me back onto Endep, which I had given up previously as the side effects were very strong. Am now on only 5mg at 7pm and find sleep and pain relief much better. Still feel hungover in the morning.
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October 18, 2013 9:35 AM
Review by happycamper83:
I've been on this medicine for a week now, and its changed my life. I have been suffering with chronic nerve pain, severe depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder for a very long time. Now I am sleeping well, feeling cheery, no suicidal thoughts, anger, less pain, no anxiety, or obsessions. Its a miracle, to alleviate pretty much all of my issues and I'm only on 10-20mg at night. No side effects.
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September 13, 2013 10:58 PM
Review by Featherbullet:
I can't believe that after 3 years of severe widespread neuropathic pain of unknown origin, I am sleeping 8-10 hours and have had total pain reduction from about a 8 at worst to now a 1.5 I've only been on 10 mg at night for 3 days. I hope it's not coincidence or placebo affect. A bit drowsy and a dizzy spell today. But completely worth it. I'm falling asleep faster now. My mood seems to be more calm as well. I hope to get off of oxycodone now.
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September 8, 2013 1:19 AM
Review by feelgoodgal (taken for less than 1 month):
I have been on Amitriptyline for only 5 days for chronic low back and leg pain that has plagued me for years, to the point of sleep and work related disruptions. I've popped a zillion pain killers and anti-inflammatories. Now taking only 10 mg of this medicine at night, no other medicines, and I feel better than I have in years, am virtually pain free and feel very energetic. I'd say it's a miracle. I wish it had been prescribed years ago.
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September 5, 2013 5:33 PM
Review by barsha55 (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Endep (amitriptyline): I am taking Endep 100mgs at night for nerve pain in my lower left leg & the outer side of my right leg. The nerve pain was intolerable and I seriously was suicidal. I have been on Endep as well as Baclofen and Epilim, for 7 years & can now enjoy my life so much more. The down side is loss of libido and dry mouth, but without Endep I could not enjoy my life at all.
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August 8, 2013 11:03 PM
Review by TN in TX (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Elavil (amitriptyline): This medicine is AMAZING for pain. I have trigeminal neuralgia and I take it at night. It gives you a calm feeling and makes you not care about the pain. I just had my dose doubled and it takes a few days to get used to the medicine and/or new levels and the higher dose knocked me out for literally two days, just like when it was first prescribed. But I can't rave about it enough.
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August 7, 2013 7:58 PM
Review by Megatron14:
Endep (amitriptyline): Started taking 10mg then up to 25 for severe long term migraines/ headaches. Meds work well, am considering lowering dosages and getting off medicines all together to start family now though.
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July 29, 2013 10:25 AM
Review by pawsmad:
I have been taking Amitriptyline for Fibromyalgia and have found it has worked well up until recently when I was put on Mirtazapine for depression. Since then I have noticed the joint pain has increased markedly.
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July 29, 2013 12:59 AM
Review by zoobaby (taken for less than 1 month):
I have had chronic upper back pain for almost 15 years and have tried diazepam, ibuprofen, tramadol and finally codeine. The codeine were the main ones which worked but I noticed I began taking them when I had no pain and realized I had become dependent very quickly with awful withdrawals when stopping them. My doctor had also prescribed me with Prozac for PMDD which gave me an irregular heartbeat. She decided to take me off codeine and Prozac and give me a low 10mg nightly dose of amitriptyline instead. What difference they have made. I've believed for a year that only codeine would work for pain and they helped with my mood too. How wrong I was! Amitriptyline keeps me pain free and I sleep like a baby and wake up feeling so refreshed!
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July 26, 2013 2:57 AM
Review by Chewy 1:
Endep (amitriptyline): Was prescribed Endep 10 for the pain associated with an attack of Shingles. The effect was very good as I had very little pain from the rash or the nerves affected by shingles.
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July 12, 2013 2:46 AM
Review by Eliora:
This is an update to my previous post, about 4 months ago. Now, through close monitoring and guidance by my doctor, I am taking 40 mg of the amitriptyline around 10am and 20 mg around 10pm. Side effects at this dosage are insignificant (dry mouth, bitter taste, sometimes sleepy 3 hours after morning dose) considering I am getting much relief from the constant pushing/pulling. I rated 8 this time because this amount seems the most I can take. I'm so grateful for having about 15 days and evenings where I can sit normally to watch T.V or read, not having to have to be lying down. So I encourage any people with transformed migraines to ask your doctor about trying it. I forgot to mention that I can finally get REM sleep now. No more Ambien.
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July 11, 2013 6:12 PM
Review by Foges (taken for less than 1 month):
Endep (amitriptyline): 10mg used to provide a pain free nights sleep. I have a pinched sciatic nerve. After cortizone injection under general anesthetic I experienced cramps that disturbed my sleep. This medicine is now giving me a good nights sleep and I wake refreshed in the morning.
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March 19, 2013 8:19 PM
Review by Nemo1210:
Hello, I would like to share my positive experience of taking Amytriptyline as it has truly helped save my life. I was prescribed this for acute and chronic pains in my legs which were also affecting my sleep. The pain was like searing stabbing pain. I was also suicidal. I was started on amitriptyline 10mg and was also told it would help with my other myriad of symptoms - Irritable Bowel Syndrome, weak bladder, insomnia, anxiety, etc. At first, it caused numbness in my fingers and toes and on waking and going to the bathroom I had dizzy spells, my vision was a bit weird. The doctor told me to half my dose to 5mg and although it took a few months, I gradually started to feel better and all of my symptoms improved. I hope to gradually take less so I am not dependent forever.
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February 26, 2013 6:43 AM
Review by mystic4:
I have neurological Lyme Disease and I currently take 20 mg a night. I also take Panadeine forte for breakthrough pain, Without the medication I wouldn't be able to work. It helps me sleep also which is a huge bonus. I was reluctant to take it at first because of my experience of being told the illness was in my head. A good caring doctor convinced me of its efficacy. I would recommend it as a first port of call.
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February 9, 2013 5:00 AM
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