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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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For Insomnia: "Amitriptyline worked for me for sometime but its wore off after a while. I have been on amitriptyline for six straight year. The first 3 years were my best as it gave deep dream less sleep. I felt really rested each morning but after that its effectiveness wore off and even an increased dosage from 50g to 100g up to 200g has been not been able to help. Now it only allows me maximum of 2hours each night."

sleeplessness doll September 26, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I have had IBS my whole life. I'm 25 now and it was getting bad every time I ate I got sick I started to lose weight. Doctor thought maybe my anxiety was making my IBS worse. I have been taking this medication for two weeks now and haven't got sick once. Side effects : dry mouth so I'm constantly drinking water , no sex drive , and gas. But I think it's worth it ! I feel great"

Ambcol21 (taken for less than 1 month) September 24, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I have been suffering for years with ibs c and d,I was in Severe pain every day had no social life fed up depressed.until I took this drug amitrPtyline I urge any one suffering to please try this drug it works has totally changed my life all I take is 20mg a night i can basically eat what I want before I could not eat wheat, dairy and now I can please try this drug 10 out of 10 I know what it is like to suffer you feel like life is not fair that you are always feeling unwell when all your family and friends are fine,please try this drug and good luck"

   
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Lukee111 (taken for less than 1 month) September 23, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I've been on this medication,among others for 12 years. Helps control my seizures. Lately, had to talk to my neuro about the near constant head PAIN. Well beyond an ache! By upping my dosage from 20 mgs to 30, I'm pretty much headache free. Which is a first for me. I've had migraines since grade school and the only thing that controlled them was aspirin. Tylenol or ibuprofen did nothing but rot my liver. So used to migraines that even I didn't notice a progression until I landed in emergency and a pass through the CT showed a significant tumor. After removal, various meds were tried to keep the seizures at bay. The one that worked tremendously well..was actually allergic to. Which brought me to the current cocktail of 3 different meds."

   
9.0

Almost why bother (taken for 10 years or more) September 21, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I started Amitriptyline for Fibromyalgia, with hopes that it would also help with depression & anxiety. My max dose so far is 40mgs @ bedtime. Initially, it was extremely sedating, but less so as time went on, & when I started taking Wellbutrin for fatigue, I had no residual sedation or daytime sleepiness at all. Ami was a life saver to me in regards to pain relief. As for depression & anxiety, it wasn't helpful until I combined it with Wellbutrin. I would highly recommend the combo for Fibro fog/fatigue/pain/anxiety/depression. It's like taking an SNRI without the side effects! I increase by 10mgs as needed when my pain begins breaking through. I also found if I'm really stressed or anxious during the day & take 10mgs, it is very calming."

   
8.0

Jenna1201 (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 21, 2016

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For Insomnia: "No medicine has ever worked for my insomnia besides this one. It keeps my mind from racing, and keeps my emotions steady so I'm able to fall to sleep with no problems. I usually take it an hour before bedtime and then lay down, read a little bit until I'm feeling tired enough, and just close me eyes. Before this medicine I couldn't tell you the last time that I was able to fall asleep without remembering but now I don't remember falling asleep and have to worry about hours of tossing and turning. Highly recommend."

   
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Abbyt24 (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2016

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For Insomnia: "I slept well as a young adult, but by my mid forties I was only sleeping about 4 hours per night, and only 2 or 3 hours if I was under stress. It finally got to where I having a lot of anxiety, grinding my teeth at night (with a sore jaw in the morning), and even started showing symptons of ocd. I started Elavil (Brand name in Canada) 10mg at bedtime six years ago, and it has made my life so much better. I sleep a solid 6.5 hours every night, and feel great. The teeth grinding and the ocd symptoms both stopped within the first 2-3 weeks. It took a few days to start taking effect. I also had a slight tremor during that first few days only. I had a somewhat dry mouth for the first two years or so, but not at all now. 10mg still works for me.."

   
9.0

sleepgreat (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 15, 2016

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For Pain: "I have a herniated and degenerated disc, sacrum joint disfunction and piriformis syndrome. It was very disabling, unable to get about, get dressed the pain was 10/10 had to crawl while being pregnant. If I did a lot of activities pain was on its way. Popped pain relief did physio, went to gym, good diet, Tens machine. Nothing really worked apart from being in bed for 3 days till pain eased. I have 3 kids and really thought my life was going to be living in chronic pain. I was prescribed amitriptyline for headaches. Any-way I asked my Dr for these meds for my back, so she agreed. Well I have a new lease of life! I still get stiff and have to re-crunch (set) my back but haven't been a day in bed since starting them this year I take 20mg."

   
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Fit mum September 14, 2016

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For Pain: "I have 2 grandkids I watch. All that I want to do is sleep can't stay awake feel groggy all the time and still have pain maybe it's not for me so I see the doctor on the 19 th to see what else is out there and I am not going to put my grandkids in danger of me sleeping all the time"

Kahos September 14, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I have been taking this (10mg) for just over a week and the results are amazing......I take it a couple of hours before bed (8ish) and wake up no problem at 7am the next day. It has really helped with my sleep (I use a tracker) and my fibro pain is now pretty much non existent. I was worried about becoming addicted to co-codamol I'd been prescribed......I haven't needed any co-codamol since I started taking amitriptyline! I still get brain fog and all my other symptoms and where I used pain as an alarm to stop, I now don't have that reminder, so have to make sure I continue with my previous rest periods, which for me includes a sleep between 11am and 1pm."

   
9.0

Emma720 September 11, 2016

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For Insomnia: "It's nice to see that so many people have had luck with this medication. It was horrible for me. I thought it would help me sleep after Trazadone stopped working, but instead I would be awake every other night, tossing and turning, with muscle spasms and hot flashes. I felt crazy. The doctor kept upping the dose thinking it would help, but of course it just got worse and I felt crazy. It was only a week, but I had to take off work and I just felt miserable. I couldn't eat and lost eight pounds. You won't know until you try it, but if you go a night without sleep, I would recommend not using it and not letting anyone talk you into trying more and more and more."

   
1.0

Anonymous September 8, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I am a 48 year old male in good shape but started experience horrible gas no matter what I ate which went on for months. I woke up with cramps which lasted to mid morning. I did not have constipation nor diarrhea just bad gas even on a simple diet of rice, toast and bananas. My Dr diagnosed IBS and gave me 20mg of Amitripyline at night. 10mg for the first week then 20mg every night. After the second week the cramping was 95% better and the gas was completely gone. As an added benefit it took the edge off certain work related stress. I am very happy my Dr put me on this medication."

   
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VoltronMan (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 5, 2016

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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Interstitial Cystitis: "Unfortunately this medication had a very negative effect on me. I was supposed to take it for occasional nerve zaps that I get from having IC. When I took it, it didn't take the pain away. Instead it changed it into a CONSTANT burning pain which is way worse than the previous zaps. I stopped taking it, and although I was on a low dose 25mg a night, I got horrible withdrawal symptoms and am still dealing with panic attacks upon waking up. I know this drug has been a godsend for some people, but please be careful because it has the potential to make things way worse."

   
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Adre6918 (taken for less than 1 month) August 26, 2016

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For Insomnia: "To me amptripline is a miracle, for me i would not sleep after detoxing off tramadol an Loratabs an menopause .the first pill was 50 mg worked fine then after a year I went on 100 mg .it is a calming drug an I don't have anxiety. .i go some times without but after 3days I'm back not sleeping .take one pill an im like a normal petson so calm."

   
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ms.shirley (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 24, 2016

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For Depression: "Been on the drug for 45 years. I have tried several other ones but had no relief. I hate the cholinergic side effects, dry mouth, rapid heart rate, dry eyes and constipation. Every time I try to progressively wean off I get sick as a dog. Still, this drug has probably saved my life."

Ranta (taken for 10 years or more) August 21, 2016

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For Insomnia: "Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, not an hypnotic. It causes significant orthostatic hypotension, so when getting up in the middle of the night for a bathroom trip, it is a common cause of hip fracture in the elderly. One should have a cardiology work-up before starting, and since it passes through the liver, is hepatotoxic. When used for "sleep" - it generally is given in lower doses than when treating depression. Is is a common agent for overdosing, not necessarily for the patient, but for grandchildren who grab Granny's meds. Since hypnotics are not recommended for use beyond 30 days, it is a very bad choice. As off-label, there are medico-legal consequences for the prescriber with untoward events"

Dr MJP August 20, 2016

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For Pain: "I have had Neuropathy in my feet for over 15 years. I take 10mg a day and my feet do not bother me. Without the drug I get a pins and needles or pain feeling in my feet. The Neuropathy preceded a Diabetes diagnosis by about 10 years. It is one of my meds that I can feel if I forget to take it. To date I don't think I have seen a side effect."

   
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Jan456 August 19, 2016

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For Depression: "Im a 58 year old male. Ive had depression problems for most of my life. I have a normal home life and am a fairly normal person. Ive had doctors give me probably 100s of different meds to combat depression. I have educated myself on how to deal with the symtoms . Every doctor i have seen for this always told me that i just need to find the right medication and they were right. Its taken years but amitriptiline has changed my life. Im amazed the difference it has made. My thinking is clear and my mood stable. I believe if i had this medication early in my life many things would be different . finding the right med is everything.. Good luck."

   
9.0

ailiff August 18, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "It makes me drowsy, so take it at night but this is the only thing that has worked. I had dry mouth but i was temporary."

   
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ChristianK94 August 16, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I suffered from Chronic Tension Headaches that occurred at least once a day, usually more, and lasted over an hour each, as a result of extremely tight neck /shoulder muscles. No amount of physio or chiropractor visits had helped and I was at a loss as it was genuinely ruining my personal and working life. I was prescribed amitriptyline by my GP due to its muscle relaxant capabilities and ever since then the headaches have been cut by nearly 90%, to the point where I now notice if I have one compared to before where I noticed if I didn't (!). If you suffer from the same, I would suggest talking to your doctor about their use for treating chronic headaches."

   
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Charlotte1234 August 16, 2016

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For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "I've been in law enforcement for almost 24 years. I've sustained two broken hips, dislocated SI joint, 8 concussions, and numerous stab and knife wounds. I've been given Amitriptyline before, with no help for PTSD. On June 16, 2015 I received my 8th concussion. My PTSD intensified as this injury is a severe one, and I was given klonapin for PTSD as the Amitriptyline did nothing. Since then, I've been on both as I required surgery to remove two nerves in my neck as well as surgery to remove scar tissue from my spine. At 50mg, the Amitriptyline has done nothing for PTSD, but works for the remining nerve pain pain, though no help in sleeping."

   
5.0

BruceWayneofGotham (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 16, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "Never improved symptoms...."

   
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Maura Z (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 15, 2016

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For Depression: "When I was about 15, I started getting these feelings of what I can only explain as "An Impending Doom." I wasn't sad, but whenever I tried to do something that I thought was fun, my whole brain started to freak out and all I wanted to do was shut down. There was nothing I could do about it. Apparently, this sort of thing happened to most of the people in my family and on my mothers side. So, I talked to my doctor and he said it sounded like a chemical imbalance, seeing as I wasn't sad about anything and I was healthy, so he asked me to try Amitriptyline. Once I started it, all of my symptoms basically vanished and after 2 years I've fully adjusted to it's affects on my body."

   
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Matt Dobbs August 15, 2016

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For Insomnia: "This medication helps me sleep all night. It is the best sleep medication I have ever taken."

   
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MJ - August 12, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I'd had a bad experience trying an SSRI for anxiety (made me feel very ill!) so I tried 10mg of amitriptilyne every night. I didn't think 10mg would do much for me but it's incredible how it's worked. It worked straight away in relaxing me and although groggy, I now have no anxiety! I feel like my old self again. The doctor said this isn't possible as it's not a high enough dose but it's worked for me so I'm going to carry on. I do wonder if all I needed was more sleep but whatever it is, it's worked for me. I do plan on increasing the dosage as recommended by my doctor but after 20mg I felt extremely tired so I think I tried it too soon. I've been on it just over a month now so maybe I'll try again now."

   
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ozzy80 August 11, 2016

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