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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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For Insomnia: "I have been taking 25 mg Amitriptyline for several years almost every night and really couldn't be more pleased and grateful. I call it my miracle cure for insomnia, as long as it's taken at the right time (9 pm). Too late in the evening it doesn't work very well. My initial dose of 50 mg caused too much postural syncope (dizziness upon standing). If I need to boost it, I can take 1mg melatonin, but I will have a later time to rise and a bit of a hangover. I initially took this drug for chronic dyspepsia and I suspect that routine use is keeping that at bay."

   
10

Mitchsg March 22, 2017

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For Pain: "I have had chronic pain since I was about 11 yrs old, I'm 43 now, due to a genetic blood disease. It's caused arthritis that's led to neuropathy, spine degeneration, and many damaged joints. I have been taking toradol and gabapentin for nerve pain for almost 3 years. Recently a bleed in my feet caused extensive nerve damage that would make my feet burn at night. My doctor added 50 mg of Elavil to my bedtime meds and after 6 weeks I notice a significant improvement. It has been 3 months and 90% of my foot pain and numbness is gone. I have also noticed an overall improvement in my face pain and back pain. I am lucky enough to not have any notable side effects."

   
9.0

Sweetypie991 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 18, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "As someone who has suffered horrendously crippling severe anxiety/depression for over 20 years. I tried every other depression & anxiety on the market before this. I wish I'd been given it years ago instead of the newer ones. Amitriptyline at a dose of 10mg at night has been a total God send, & a life saver to me. Finally I can sleep at night & get a full nights sleep able to switch off from excessive anxiety & worrying through the night. I do feel excessively tired the next day & would definitely struggle to work on these at the mo but that might be because I'm also on Natrexone 50mg also at night both known to cause tiredness when taken on their own but finally I have some peace from severe anxiety & my mood has lifted even if by little."

   
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Lightbulb150 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 17, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "I've been taking amitriptyline since January 2013 after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I tried cymbalta for a week and my Dr decided that since it kept me awake 24/7 that it wasn't a good fit for me even though it relieved my pain. I started with 25 mg. After 2 weeks I had some breakthrough pain, so my Dr increased my dosage to 50mg and I'm still on that dosage today. For the first full year I was on this I never had pain and felt 'cured'. As time went on, it seems to help control my pain. I do still have pain, but at a low manageable level. I take this around 7pm each evening to avoid feeling overly drowsy in the mornings. This med allows me to have a fairly normal life."

   
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LBro March 15, 2017

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "After a long period of stress I developed functional dyspepsia, which included ulcer-like pain, lots of belching, a horrible taste in my mouth, and nausea. It got so bad that I was struggling to eat anything at all without being in pain; I lost weight and started to become depressed because I felt like life wasn't worth living. In desperation, and after a lot of online research, I went to my doctor and asked for amitriptyline. I started on 10mg at night, and my symptoms began to disappear almost instantly. By day 4 or 5 I was virtually symptom-free. I upped my dose to an extra 10mg in the morning, to ensure that the effect didn't wear off during the day. I can now pretty much eat what I like, and I have hope for the future! Give it a try :)"

   
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Katy_M (taken for less than 1 month) March 13, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I have been dealing with anxiety/ panic attacks and migraines for 10mths and have tried about everything out there (Prozac/ Buspirone/ Setraline/ Ativan) and NOTHING seemed to work but Ativan. Everything else gave me really bad reactions from burning skin to heart burn, palpitations, shortness of breath, insomnia just to name a few and even worsened my anxiety and led to more panic attacks. The only problem with Ativan was that because it is a Benzo and it is highly addictive so my doctor did not want to prescribe that anymore. My migraines got so severe that I was seen by a Neurologist last week and he prescribed AMITRIPTYLINE so far it's working wonders . I am able sleep through the whole night and my panic attacks are gone!!!!!"

   
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Jelly4444 March 12, 2017

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For Interstitial Cystitis: "Amazing !! I was in agony for a 1 - 2 years with intersistal cystitis ,saw various doctors,I was at the end of my tether with the pain , finally the doctor prescribed these tablets , stopped the pain straight away , I couldn't live without them ! Only side effects is dry mouth and make me tired ."

   
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Saza (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 11, 2017

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For Pain: "Upped dose from 5mg to 10mg and again was scared. Still no signs of pain relief but it has only been about 6 days since starting. As for side effects - a bit of a dry mouth and slight grogginess for an hour. Nothing that I can't deal with. The dry mouth only lasts for ten minutes. Not sure what If I will have to increase dose but so far so good."

   
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Dawks (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I have been dealing with major depressive disorder, severe anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and manic depression since I was a teen (now 41) due to extreme childhood trauma. I have also had substance abuse/self-medication issues for these same reasons for over 20 years now. Clean and sober, my insomnia and anxiety was so severe that I would get about 2-3 hrs of sleep naturally at night or with weed (also stopped...) Finally could not stand it anymore as I was getting to the point that was was having bad thoughts about not wanting to be here anymore.. I'm an accountant who is a single mother with a special needs 3 year old and works over 50 hours per week, so, my stress is about as high as it can get. I LOVE THIS MED. HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER."

   
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Diggerton March 4, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I started taking 10mg every night but noticed a significant change in emotions. I have had depression in the past but it was never bad but I noticed that while on this drug I was severely depressed and crying everyday and having suicidal thoughts. I then looked up the side effects of this and found that those were some of them. This caused me to stop taking the medicine even though it definitely decreased the amount of migraines and headaches I've been getting."

   
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tewbh March 2, 2017

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For Pain: "I am a hospice nurse who have tried Amitriptyline with my patients for nerve pain, usually they will know if it will help in few days to week and much lower doses than Gabapentin/Neurontin that takes many weeks to obtain blood levels and very high doses. I definitely think it is worth the try to control nerve pain, but it does not work for everybody. K"

Anonymous March 1, 2017

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For Interstitial Cystitis: "I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, had severe baldder pain and pressure for a couple of months. I used OTC meds and even low dose hydromorphone, but it did not help. My doctor prescribed amitriptyline 25mg, however told me to cut it in half and initially use 12.5mg to see if it helps, if not, increase to 25. I took the half pill in the evening, and in the morning I woke up with no bladder pain, first time in months. During the day I still had some bladder pressure, but no pain. After 2 weeks on the amitriptyline my pain and pressure are all gone. Have not noticed any side effects, perhaps An occasional constipation, so I started taking fiber."

   
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LisaPon February 26, 2017

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For Pain: "Scared to death of taking it but broke tabs in half to 5mg in order to increase dose slowly. I have developed a bit of chronic tooth pain so taking it for pain. Took it at 7 pm and felt mildly sedated by 11pm. Actually didn't sleep well but I think I was on high alert for the side effects which didn't happen. A bit groggy in morning but nothing special that I can't deal with. I think the way to go is to build up if you are scared of meds like me. I wrote this to encourage others to try the medicine because I am as scared as anyone to take drugs like this. I"

   
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Dawks February 26, 2017

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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Anxiety and Stress: "For many years I was very resistant to taking medications for my anxiety because I watched my mother who is bipolar try many types of medications without success. My anxiety was constant: racing thoughts, hypochondria, worry about my kids, etc. The stress was actually causing me physical pain. I was even tense in my sleep and woke up every morning feeling like I had been in a fight. Elavil was life changing. I started out at 10mg and was bumped up to 25mg after a couple of weeks. The only side effects that I experience are drowsiness (you take it at night, so no big deal) and sometimes weird dreams. I am so at ease these days. I no longer have any stress-related pain. My quality of life has been vastly improved."

   
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M. Bear February 24, 2017

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For Pain: "I suffered a blown disk in my back partially crushing my spinal cord after months of pain after op that was not that successful. My leg still had jumping nerve pain if you put your hand on my lower leg you can feel a can of worms jumping which was just my nerves. After many combinations of drugs my doc put me on Endep. I needed 150mg for my brain to stop feeling this nerve pain. I have been on it for 7 years dropped to 100mg now. I have tried to lower dose on many occasions though pain breaks through so 100mg it is for me. Still get some pain at times and if you put your hand on my leg it jumps around like crazy but I don't feel it great drug at the right dose"

   
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Debbie Barton 61 February 20, 2017

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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "I have had cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) since I was at young as 16 but only got diagnosed a week ago at almost 31. I was misdiagnosed even told I was anorexic and bulimic at the same time but never got any answers and never comfort. My CVS went dormant for a while when I was 18 and I believed the dr that told me I produced too much acid but at 28 my CVS came back with a vengeance. I couldn't keep a job until I went back to an employer I had prior to getting sick again that knew my worth and was willing to work with me and keep me employed thankfully. I would have had no way to come up with 1200 bucks for my tests to rule out everything else and finally found my miracle doctor. He gave me amitriptyline 25mg at bedtime 5 nights ago and since I have been fine no episodes or symptoms"

   
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Arianaberrios1 February 20, 2017

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For Pain: "I have been taking the tablets now for 3 weeks and felt no relief from pain after shoulder operation. I still take tramadol along with these tablets. My doctor doesnt think i need to be refered back to the specialist so just stuck with the constant pain... Happy days !!!"

   
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Nalatenrab (taken for less than 1 month) February 17, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Taking this medicine is like taking speed ? Totally shaking and can't sleep heart racing and just plain miserable? Don't get it "

   
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Beenpole24 February 15, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "Take for migraines not sure it does much good as I still get them twice a month it did however see off my sciatica after 3 years of constant pain!"

   
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Minnie16 (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 14, 2017

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For Pain: "I have suffered with post surgery (heart valve replacement) nerve pain for over a year. Nothing helped I have only been on this drug for 10 days and I can sleep and I'm also beginning to feel better. I am hoping as time goes on over the next 2 weeks I will see more improvement."

   
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carol226 February 14, 2017

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For Pain: "After 16 years of back pain I've had every medication and treatment possible - even holistic and NOTHING has worked. I am three weeks into taking 20mg of this and already feel blessed! Pain almost gone, head feels happier and feel positive I can get back to keeping fit at last! Amen to Amitriptyline !"

Lush lad February 8, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I started this medication for hemiplegic migraines, I was also experiencing bad anxiety and dizziness. I started at 25 mg and I saw an immediate decrease in my anxiety and dizziness, I did suffer a bad migraine and my doctor increased my dose to 50 mg at bedtime, it has worked wonderfully with the added bonus of getting a great nights sleep "

   
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Dianek66 February 7, 2017

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For Pain: "I had an accident at work 5 years ago. This has caused mid-lower back pain and sciatica on and off for several years. Over time the injury has got worse. The pain is now also radiating into my groin area. I take co-codomal 60/1000mg 4 times a day, 500mg naproxen twice daily and now on 30mg of amitriptyline at night after the other medications weren't working. The pain hasn't gone but it is bearable. On bad days I was unable to walk. Since starting the amitriptyline, I have had a couple of side effects. Dry mouth and tiredness in the day (however this has got better over time). My quality of life has significantly improved and I can live with the side affects."

   
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Chronic back pain and sciatica February 7, 2017

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For Pain: "I was diagnosed with severe anterior bridging endophytis as well as facet joint arthropathy and some nuchal ossification in my cervical spine. Basically, my neck is fairly solid and I suffer intense pain shocks when lying down at night. The result was that I suffered from intense sleep deprivation and pain. I now take 10mg Amitriptyline. The result? Solid sleep every night, recovered energy levels and the large black bags beneath my eyes have dissipated. I used to wake up a couple of times each night to urinate, but now sleep for minimum 8 hours and usually awake bursting for the toilet!"

   
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SteveDee February 6, 2017

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For Insomnia: "I didn't have problems falling asleep, I just woke up every hour throughout the night. My Doctor noticed and recommended Amitriptyline. What a great drug. It doesn't make me sleepy, but it really helps me sleep through the night. It's not perfect, but like many folks, the stress of the day, just wouldn't stop bugging me when I was trying to sleep. I've been taking it for about three years now. I take two -10mg pills each night and really appreciate the better sleep I get. Occasionally I forget, and find myself up at midnight, 1am, 2am 3am, 4am ... It's not a great way to sleep. I haven't noticed any side effects. It doesn't make me groggy in the morning, though my Doctor said it might. It's also inexpensive and generic."

   
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Old Hat February 2, 2017

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