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amitriptyline for Anxiety and Stress: I have been taking this for about 9 years, I suffered from work related stress /depression and anxiety, this was the only medicine that pulled me together. I still take it now. I have tried to come of it a few times but the time wasn't right however, I don't care if I have to take it for life I would rather that than the nightmare of anxiety and depression. I take 50 mg per night but can take up to 150mg if it is hitting the fan so to speak.
Review by KaylieAnne (taken for less than 1 month):
amitriptyline for Pain: 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.
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I've been a chronic migraine sufferer my entire life. Literally, I even had migraines as a young child, which my neurologist informed me was very rare?.. I was diagnosed with chronic complicated migraine averaging 20 plus headache days a month. id get migraine attacks where I'd repeatedly get slammed with migraines lasting up to 15 days where I couldn't function in a row. She put me on verapramil twice a day which helped slightly for a few months then did nothing so she put me on the amitriptyline a few days ago. I started at 25 mg at night and in a few days up to 50mg. It does help me sleep.. and my migraines today are substantially less. Hoping it keeps getting better!
amitriptyline for Burning Mouth Syndrome: Miracle for me! I have burning pain in mouth and vulvadynia. Have been on this for 3 days and almost no pain. I had heavy side effects of dizziness and was lethargic 1st 2 days but am coming out of it now. Taking 25mg twice daily.
amitriptyline for Vulvodynia: I have been on this for 3 days now and it has helped tremendously. Felt very lethargic the 1st 2 days and dizzy but much better today. Taking 25mg twice daily. Also have neurological pain in mouth. Still have slight pain but nothing like it was.
amitriptyline for Pain: 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:)
amitriptyline for Anxiety and Stress: I have been taking endep for around 2 weeks now, prior to that I was having psychotic tendencies and severe boughts of rage almost every day, which was brought on by underlying anxiety, Endep (and valium) have allowed me to live a normal life, I Have gotten back into things I enjoy I feel like a different person,I am more sociable and 100 times more happy in general I hope this helps someone in a similar situation.
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I have a brain tumour, epilepsy and chronic migraines. I take Elavil 200mg daily and Lamictal 400mg. Compared to the multiple meds and combos my drs had me on, Elavil has worked the best for me. It doesn't stop them (migraines) but my headache hell has improved and post seizure headaches are less severe. With the high dosage of both meds it's given I'll feel side effects but overall no major signs of toxicity as I did with other meds.
Endep (amitriptyline) for Fibromyalgia: I have been on Endep for Fibromyalgia for 10 years. At first the affect was awesome, for the first time in many years I slept properly and had hardly any pain. Over the years though, this has changed. I started off on 50mg per day and over the years had to have it increased to the maximum does of 150mg. Recently I have been having heart palpatations and an increased heart rate. My doctor has put it down to the extended time I have been on Endep at such a high rate. So now I am on a drug to lower my heart rate, which works well, but my doctor is getting me to try to cut down on the Endep with a view of going off it altogether and hopefully also going off the drug that I need to lower my heart rate. It's not working I'm in too much pain
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I was put on this medication 50mg nightly to stop migraine/headaches during the day, I have multiple sclerosis and suffer from a lot of neuropathic pain also. I am on Lyrica 300mg twice daily, both of these medications have caused weight gain. I have slowly weaned myself off the endep and now am suffering from dizziness, hoping this will pass. But my concern is that endep is also for treatment of depression, was I being medicated under false pretenses and now that I am off it will suffer from depression. MS is a hard illness to deal with at the best of times, will I now not handle my disease ?? Time will tell.
Review by finally pain free (taken for less than 1 month):
amitriptyline for Pain: 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.
amitriptyline for Depression: I was one of those people who thought nothing would work for me - I was too far gone and beyond help. Restless, sleepless nights and all the anxiety and depression were killing me. And then I found Amitriptyline. At last.....Sleep. That's all that mattered to begin with. You simply cannot underestimate the power of sleep. During the day I felt far less agitated and less stressed. Of course life can still throw slings and arrows your way and there are side effects for sure but none as bad as the frazzled state I was in before I took them.
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amitriptyline for Insomnia: 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.
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Endep (amitriptyline) for Pain: 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.
amitriptyline for Anxiety and Stress: I started taking amitriptyline this year (2013) after having a medicine cabinet looking like a pharmaceutical company. I must say this is the only one that helps me. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks along with constant worry and stress that had me on rock bottom. I take 25mg which is fine, it does make you sleepy but it's so worth it. I'm 27, no kids just coping with life.
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amitriptyline for Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: I had my first episode of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome about 3.5 years ago. It was sometime until the doctors and I figured out what it actually was. Nonstop throwing up for 2-6 days about once a month. What made them severe I guess was the amount of vomiting. A few times I had double I.V's because they could not rehydrate me as fast as the vomiting was dehydrating me. If you have CVS and are reading this I just want to say I am truly sorry. It was a miserable and emotional ride for me and the people that care about me. I can truly say I feel your pain and I pray that you find peace. I fought the doctors about taking this but when I finally gave in, IT WORKED. Not one episode since then (about 1 year and 6 months). I was skeptical at first BUT IT WORKED! 25MG.
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I don't like taking medication, but my headaches were now in a state of chronic tension/migraine being triggered by anything excessive like exercising, too much cleaning, too much activity, too much light or stress. I was prescribed Elavil for headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep trouble, back, neck, and arm pain. I've taken it for a week, and after one dose, the first thing I noticed was an awesome night's sleep, and no neck or jaw pain, pain on rising. I feel completely relaxed in the morning, a little drowsy but am able to function and get my three kids to school. I have been taking it at 10pm and feel tired until noon, so I think I'm going to take it earlier in the evening. I haven't noticed any side effects at all. I am taking 10 mg.
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amitriptyline for Depression: My previous doctor put me on 10 mg to try and help me sleep but it stopped working. My new doctor increased it to 35mg( 25mg and 10mg). I don't fall asleep right away but I do sleep and have a good nights sleep. I feel better in general, not moody like I used to be. Along with anxiety I must have had mild depression. I had side effects of a dry mouth but that has gone away.
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amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I've tried at least 10 different medications. I've been on Lyrica for 4 months, now on Elavil of 10 mgs. I try to take it at 9pm, it helps me sleep. I go to bed at 1am but not all the time. And it helps me a lot with my chronic migraines however when I wake up at 10am, go back to bed an hour later, then wake up at 3:30pm.
amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I have been on this medicine for over ten years, plus a beta blocker for my migraines and blood pressure. I thought I could wean off of Amitripyline as my migraines were fairly under control. About a month off of it, my head was killing me several times a week. Now I take Amitripyline without question, and without pain.
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amitriptyline for Migraine Prevention: As far as helping me with my migraines it helped out a lot. I had absolutely none after 3 weeks of taking the medication, however it made me feel like a zombie throughout the day and for some reason when I didn't take it exactly on time I wouldn't be unable to fall asleep at night. I also gained a great amount of weight.
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amitriptyline for Anxiety and Stress: I've been on this med for a week for anxiety and depression following major operation for cancer. I just couldn't pick myself up, had a breakdown I guess. Started at 25mg, then up to 50mg. Sleep like a baby. No side effects apart from a healthy appetite. Which I need as I've lost weight,
They have saved my life. I got so low I didn't want to be here.
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amitriptyline for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: Since taking this medication I am not reaching for the narcotic pain meds as much as I used to but am more constipated and tired. It's worth the trade off of some of the higher pain medicines for my condition.
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