User Reviews for Amitriptyline
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|Cough||1 review||788 medications|
|Depressive Psychosis||1 review||0 medications|
|Somatoform Pain Disorder||2 reviews||0 medications|
|Neurotic Depression||1 review||3 medications|
|Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome||27 reviews||0 medications|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||84 reviews||136 medications|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||12 reviews||5 medications|
|Interstitial Cystitis||59 reviews||30 medications|
|Dysautonomia||1 review||53 medications|
|Depression||76 reviews||81 medications|
|Chronic Myofascial Pain||6 reviews||42 medications|
|Migraine Prevention||291 reviews||32 medications|
|Pain||213 reviews||1111 medications|
|Neuropathic Pain||2 reviews||4 medications|
|Anxiety and Stress||115 reviews||9 medications|
|Vulvodynia||16 reviews||9 medications|
|Insomnia||208 reviews||108 medications|
|Urinary Incontinence||2 reviews||49 medications|
|Burning Mouth Syndrome||4 reviews||11 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||90 reviews||20 medications|
|Persistent Depressive Disorder||3 reviews||3 medications|
|Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome||4 reviews||2 medications|
|Hyperhidrosis||2 reviews||10 medications|
|Pudendal Neuralgia||5 reviews||0 medications|
|Summary of Amitriptyline reviews||7.6||1,225 reviews|
Reviews for Amitriptyline
For Insomnia: "Since I was prescribed amitriptyline by my doctor a few years ago I feel it's the only thing that works for me I've been prescribed Somas, Valium, Xanax, Tramadol, Percocet, Vicodin even though I like the way these make me feel when I take the amitriptyline I don't feel withdrawal I am able to fall asleep and stay asleep. I've gained an appetite again back pain is minimal I really don't see any negatives to this drug. A lot of people say they have bad dreams so on so forth I feel this is the best drug 4 me. I was diagnosed with sciatica degenerative disc disease a cracked disc in my back bulged discs in my neck and rheumatoid arthritis but with a little bit of exercise and stretching. Now I do not take any other medication besides 10 mg amitriptyline do not wake up feeling groggy still able to function I definitely recommend this drug to anybody with the same conditions plus depression and insomnia in my eyes this is a miracle drug for me."
For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "After my rectum removal surgery from having colorectal cancer I experienced lots of problems with diarrhea and/or frequent bowel movement (soft stools). My Gastroenterologist prescribed 10 mg tablet (to slow down stools going thru my colon) along with a little Metamucil to bulk them up. Now I can hold a job and have less frequent trips to the bathroom."
For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I have had IBS-D for many years I was in so much pain every single day the cramps were unbearable couldn’t leave the house I’m on 50mg and I cannot tell you enough how much it’s helped me it’s made me feel normal again I can do day to day things without needing to run to the toilet every 5 seconds I honestly recommend trying this to anyone with IBS I hope it helps you as much as it’s helped me,"
For Pain: "I have been on 50mg a night for 18yrs. I suffered nerve damage to my forehead after a head injury and would suffer from chronic headaches which were so bad I had to go to a dark room and try to sleep as no amount of pain killers would help. Eventually nerve damage was diagnosed and I was put on amitriptyline. It is a life changer for me. No more headaches and I can enjoy life again."
For Chronic Myofascial Pain: "I was on lexapro 20mg for 10 years then I suffer from nerve pain acute.. my doctor suggests amitriptyline 25 combination with lexpro but I became worse and worse with panic attacks, high heartbeat and severe depression. I stopped amitriptyline and took around month to recover.. Really I have to say it was magical treatment for pain but bad in depression... and social life"
For Anxiety and Stress: "I don’t recommend this drug to anyone! I’ve been on it for almost 3 weeks now and I feel more anxious and easily irritated/aggressive towards others 24-7! I have had severe heart palpitations and anxiety, hot flashes, chest tightness, dizziness and fatigue. I’m 35 years old and this medication is horrible!"
For Migraine Prevention: "My GP prescribed me this amitriptyline because of bad migraines and neck ache. It didn't work, but now I am addicted, I cant sleep without it. Sports massage is very good for headache and neck ache I tried it only once and my problem is almost gone."
For Anxiety and Stress: "I've had every anti depressant and I wasn't getting any relief at all, my grandma was a nurse and she had had the same problem with anxiety stress/sleep. She told me she found amitriptyline had been the only one that gave her any relief. I got them and on a week on them, one 25mg at lunch and one 25mg before bed. They help with sleep enormously and helped my anxiety, it did not take it away but they worked better than anything I'd previously had, I think the combination of actually being able to get to sleep without lying thinking them random thoughts and not waking up every hour certainly helped. I went to the GP after a week and he prescribed me a bigger dose of 25mg at a lunch and 75mg at night. Also I was on propranolol which helped when my heart was racing, I had 20 mg of those twice per day and they both made a difference."
For Migraine Prevention: "This medicine amitriptyline has been extremely helpful in relieving my migraine symptoms. I'm 18 years old and have been experiencing debilitating migraines for maybe 3 years now so not entirely that long. I take one tablet every night after dinner/before bed. Whilst I find that it has helped with sleep to an extent which I have troubles with due to migraines and tinnitus which would also cause my migraines it’s primary role to alleviate my migraines has been apparent. I have only experienced minor migraines since I’ve been on the medication and have no longer gone through severe migraine spells where I would get auras of vision loss and strong ringing in my ears. I would get at least one severe migraine every week and 1/4 of them I would experience vomiting and nausea. The medication has been extremely beneficial in reducing my migraine severity and frequency."
For Migraine Prevention: "If I could give this a ZERO I would. My doctor prescribed this for migraine prevention and my 1st dose sent me straight to the ER with the worst panic attack I’ve ever experienced! I felt like I was literally dying. My BP was 205/130 and my pulse was 180. I’m not sure how I didn’t die, they have to give me Ativan to counter the effects. Ever since then I’ve been dealing with regular anxiety and panic attacks. This medication set off something inside me and I truly hate it."
For Depression: "Would start after chatting about amitriptyline with my friend after chatting we decided to do activism "amitriptyline should be prescribed much more often!". Once I started on amitriptyline (for depression) I even started working part-time. From the very beginning I felt that it works much better for my major recurrent depressive disorder. First of all - much more energy comparing to escitalopram (esc.) that I had taken before. My friend also tried amitriptyline after being on esc. , and found out that even in small dosage like 50 mg daily is more efficient than esc. Important! It decreased my sexual energy - I needed it so desperately because had nobody to have sex with! I received amitriptyline 5 years later than I started needing it! Particularly because of side effects that make doctors prescribe it only in cases when newer antidepressants don't work enough. So anyway if you have long and strong depression - I highly recommend trying it. Side effects - dry mouth (later disappears), all the way - higher appetite. But it may be worth it! Cheap!"
For Migraine Prevention: "Had migraines from time I was 12 to about 23. At 23 , I got a bad one; was diagnosed with classical migraine. From 23 to about 50, only can remember having a few. At about 52/53 , they returned. At that time, I was prescribed Amitriptyline. I was told to take as soon as I encountered the blind spot and aura, which always precipitated the migraine. Within 1-3 minutes, it was gone. In my 60’s , I encountered several. In 2017, at 70, I had a heart attack; had a stent procedure. That night, while in recovery, I experienced an aura. However, the doctor was reluctant to give me amitriptyline, as she said it would interfere with blood flow . So now, I depend on 1-2 mg Ativan , as the amitriptyline is not recommended, after my heart attack. I may add that I never took Amphytriptolyne as preventative; such as daily. Thank You!"
For Pain: "Started taking this drug at 10mg for neuropathic pain from cervical stenosis. Little to no effect. Increased to 45mg. Excellent pain effect but breasts enlarged so much, super sensitive like when I was breastfeeding. Stomach bloated to the point where I had to recline to get comfortable. Pain upper right abdomen. Stopped taking it and within days breasts were back to normal and stomach so much better. Will have to live with the pain as side effects too debilitating."
For Depression: "I have been taking 100mg of Amitriptyline every day for about 6 months now. At first I did experience some concerning side effects such as a really bad stutter and blurred vision. The medicine was helping me so much with sleep and depression that I disregarded all the symptoms that I was having. As I continued with the medication, the side effects and symptoms disappeared and my depression still continued to improve as well as my sleep. I never knew how horrible I was sleeping until I started getting a good nights sleep with the help of this medicine. I now take this along with 40mg of Latuda everyday for mood stabilization and they work WONDERFUL together. The combination of these two drugs have totally changed my life."
Elavil (amitriptyline) for Pain: "Was prescribed a low doses for my IBS related pain. It did help my stomach but suffered badly with the side effects. Would take at night before bed but in the the daytime I’d experience shakes, anxiety, had severe trouble focussing and could barely string sentences together so stopped taking it two days ago. Still suffering bad shakes and difficulty concentrating. Be very careful with it."
For Anxiety and Stress: "The best drug for anxiety..depression and insomnia. Give it a couple of weeks to start working. Been depressed and got extreme anxiety and insomnia...all gone after 4 weeks. Feel like me again !!"
For Anxiety and Stress: "This is the only antidepressant that works for me. Have tried SSRI but couldn’t sleep. This one gives you a good sleep and calms me down. I take 10 mg before bed."
For Insomnia: "I only take a pill when I really want some sleep. I have trouble staying asleep due to my arms falling asleep at night and waking me up. It works great, I sleep much better, but the next day I'm useless. I feel groggy for hours after I wake. I have to work, so I don't take them during the week."
For Insomnia: "Worst drug I’ve ever taken! "
For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I have had stomach pain for about 10 years now. I always thought it was because I was lactose intolerant, but I finally went to a gastroenterologist and he ran some tests and put me on bentyl, gaviscon etc. none of it helped. The nausea and bile reflux came and went for about 3 years until it spiked when I started college. I went back to the GI doc and he put me on a low does of Elavil at first I had to be careful when I took it because my body isn’t used to medications that make me sleepy so it would really put me out. But after awhile it made me feel so much better and after all of my months on it I think I only woke up in the middle of the night from pain once. Now, with that is also a problem because it is really hard for me to wake up in the morning. so the pros are that it definitely helps me sleep through the night and it stops the anxiety of throwing up/being nauseous. but the cons are that it makes you so sleepy and occasionally gave me the worst mood swings ever."
For Fibromyalgia: "I have never felt truly "well" taking amitriptyline, but it made me feel better than being on nothing. My pain was reduced but not eliminated. However, it has not helped me reduce my brain fog, fatigue or insomnia. I believe that amitriptyline has made all of my other fibromyalgia symptoms, excluding pain, worse. Additionally, I had many side effects associated with taking amitriptyline. Most notably, I gained nearly 40 lbs. Since the extra weight made it hard to exercise and caused me to have more pain, I asked my doctor to reduce my dosage. Now I have more pain, less weight, slightly more energy and I am searching for a new medicine for my fibromyalgia."
For Anxiety and Stress: "I was prescribed amitriptyline 2 days ago for insomnia, night sweats, headache, anxiety and depression. Thinking that the cause of my symptoms was due to anxiety during the night. My doctor started me on 75mg at bedtime. After reading most of these reviews, most doctors start at 10mg. I literally have been high as a kite for 2 days now. I am just glad I decided to try it over the weekend bc there is absolutely no way that I can work, drive a car or even communicate with another human being. My mouth is dry, I'm shaking, I'm paranoid, groggy and just completely out of it. The only good thing I can say about this medication is that I slept through the night for the first time in 10yrs. I would rather go without sleep then to feel this way ever again."
For Interstitial Cystitis: "I was prescribed Amitriptyline for the above condition and have taken 1/2 of a 25 mg only at night for 8 nights. I've had trouble with my memory the last few days and I just had a sudden, very severe dizzy spell where I fell to the floor and I had no warning. Had I been driving or walking down a staircase, I and others may have been hurt or killed. I just called the pharmacist to see if I can go off it today. She said since it was such a low dose and I've taken only 8 1/2 pills, I could. I will never take this pill again."
For Vulvodynia: "Started amitriptyline 25mg about a month ago (for vulvodynia). It makes me sleepy and I have dry mouth. It masks the pain and urgency to pee but the underlying condition still remains as when I only took 20mg one night the pain and urgency to pee came back."
For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "My doc prescribed amitriptyline to help me sleep, I have high anxiety or am stressed out or in panic mode. So took it for two or three years three four pills a day. I think it was 25mg. My heart started pounding out of control. In the ambulance my bpm (heart beats per minute) was 160 plus, paramedic was injecting some drug to slow my heart down and he asked what drugs was I taking I said amitriptyline, he said that drug causes the organ that controls the heart rate not to function properly and he said stop taking it. They were now aware of what it does to the heart. So after the first injection I felt my heart slow way down, then a few minutes later still driving to the hospital my heart ran over 160 bpm again so he injected the IV with a drug can't remember the name of it, it slowed my heart again to normal. Thank goodness for that paramedics training and quick action. Look I would not recommend this drug to anyone. I have never had a heart problem ever. I quit taking this that day and never took it again."
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