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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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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"

   
10

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 !!!"

   
1.0

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 "

   
1.0

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!"

   
6.0

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."

   
9.0

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!"

   
10

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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For Insomnia: "I don't remember since when I stated to have insomnia , usually it takes me 2+ hours to fall asleep , and I always wake up a few times at night . I tried to do excercies to make myself tired , still no improvement on my sleeping . Things even got worse recently , I went to my doctor and he put me on Amitriptyline 10mg . Omg , it work so well , the first day I took , I had slept like 10hours (was at weekend ) . I am on my third week with Amitriptyline, my doctor prescribed me only for a month , I don't know if I can sleep well without it after a month . But this medicine makes me very calm and happy everyday because I can sleep well and wake up every morning refreshed ."

   
9.0

Colacat (taken for less than 1 month) February 2, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Started for sleep. No difference with headache help at 25mg, felt groggy, cut back to 10. Never noticed much help with sleep, unless I took a flexeril too. Back to 25 no difference, except I can't go to sleep if I don't take it. There is a rebound sleep effect, with sleep cycles, so up in panic after a few hours. Because of a wave of awfulness, had severe illness, facing complete financial ruin at late an age to do much about it, and more, Now severe night panic. I was ok with Xanax .5mg 1 or 2 when this occurred, lately a lot. New doc says no more benzo, gave RX for SSRI. I read the ami works same, but more side effects. Wonder if it is adding to panic. Also have heart condition, might not be good. Feel awful. Pretty worthless to take it."

   
3.0

HopingforPeace February 2, 2017

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For Pudendal Neuralgia: "Do not take this drug. It did absolutely nothing for my pain. It did however, send me into a full Depression."

   
1.0

SarahSong (taken for less than 1 month) January 31, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I take 10mg at night. Been on it 6 weeks no migraines maybe 2 headaches. Wouldn't take more than 10mg tho."

   
9.0

yellowfrog (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 31, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I too have always been anti medication. I've had extreme panic attacks for decades. I managed to get my panic in order on my own to a degree, but due to high stress at work for a long period, it came back in the form of hypercondria. I have invented almost every illness and was spending thousands on tests to put my mind at ease. I started getting shooting pains all over like nerve pain. I thought it was MS, but mri said otherwise. Doc put me on these for the pain, but secretly think she wanted to try and medicate me for anxiety, which i always refused. Give it a few months people. Im only on 10 - 20 mg a night, but after these months gone past, I've noticed I'm no longer obsessing on irrational thoughts. Good luck!"

   
8.0

Tobes-Aus (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 28, 2017

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For Interstitial Cystitis: "I was diagnosed with IC shortly after the birth of my second son, in 1998. Tried Elmiron and it did nothing to help with the pain or urgency. I spent about 8 months thinking I had frequent UTI's, before diagnosing this correctly. Once I went on the elavil, and changed my diet, my symptoms improved dramatically and quickly. It worked very well. After about 10 years, I decided to wean myself off of it and see if I could live without the medication and just watch my diet. I was good for about a month. The awful pain and urgency came back with a vengence. I was in tears. As soon as I went back on the elavil, within 1 day I was feeling almost completely normal again. I am resigned to being on 25 mg daily of elavil for life."

   
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Susie12345 January 23, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Try one of the newer meds out there first. GP prescribed me this for anxiety and I blindly took it thinking doc knows best, went to a Pdoc a few months later and she was mortified that I was prescribed this. I have been weaning off since and finally at 0mgs for past few days, but all the weaning side effects have been terrible. I feel nauseous all day and cannot sleep at all, and have chest pains,with constantly feeling in a fog. Do yourself a favor and trust how far medicine has come since they made this drug and try one from this era first"

   
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Anonymous January 21, 2017

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For Pain: "3 years of Chronic Pain Syndrome brought on by total knee replacement that doesn't work now. Still in severe pain have tried many medications for the nerve pain in knee, hip, back, leg. The Amitriptyline is the only medication that has helped me sleep at night. BUT....I had four migraines in one week while using the medication and it makes food, water, soda all taste bitter bad. Don't know what to do as it works but can't live with that many migraines. Usually one 1 migraine a month if that. So not taking it now. Any suggestions?"

   
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RosieI'mNot January 19, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "Mixed review - taken for headaches, virtually cured as a result but left with a mid-sized hiatus hernia. Had severe migraines - actually was in a constant state of them. I was told to have: 10mg for 2 weeks. 20mg for 4 weeks. 30 mg for the rest of the 6 months. I ended up going up to 20mg for the rest of the 6 months, not 30mg because I felt dysphagia symptoms and very slight heart palpitations. Since being off for the last 8 months, I only have migraine-like headaches once every month (usually if no sleep + anxiety). BE CAREFUL, I had a history of acid reflux issues. Now at 25, I have a mid-size hiatus hernia and GERD and I'm on PPI's for the rest of my life!"

   
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A.. January 17, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I was given this medication to replace Toprimate. I took a pill Friday night and Saturday night (10mg). Given I was feeling well prior to taking this, I soon discovered/realized that it made me more emotional and it felt like I wanted to cry at any small thing. Combined with the feeling that it revved me up even at 3am in the morning, I have since stopped."

   
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LRJB January 17, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I have been having a lot of anxiety and panic attacks owing to a lot of undue pressure from family. Just last year I had so much panic attacks doing exams and an OPD doctor I met two weeks ago prescribed Amitriptyline 25mg (1/2 a tablet in the night after meals) and the effect is phenomenal!! It helps me have really deep sleep and it has reduced my anxiety and panic attacks to a zero. This medicine is the best for anyone who is undergoing severe stress, panic attacks or prolonged periods of sadness. I have tried other drugs such as valium and other seretonin based medicine but none of them have worked as effective as this drug! hope this review helps :)"

   
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reviewcric (taken for less than 1 month) January 13, 2017

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For Interstitial Cystitis: "I was put on this medication for interstitial cystitis and before I had suffered severe bladder and abdominal pain for almost 2 yrs before I discovered I had IC. I would have the most terrible bladder pain and not be able to walk or get out of bed or I would have severe bladder spasms and would wake up in the middle of the night and go sit in a hot bath to relieve the pain. The hot baths were the only thing that made the spasms not so so bad. One weekend I had a terrible flare up and the baths didn't work nothing did my doctor put me on 10 mg of amitriptyline and it has really been a huge life saver. I can't say I don't have flare ups now and then but the pain is now where near what it was."

   
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Kelbell191 January 12, 2017

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For Insomnia: "I'm 40. I have had insomnia my entire life and been treated for it since I was 12. A lot of meds make you sleepy, few help you sleep. Ambien may work once or twice. In reality, all that works are things you can't continually put in your body. Barbiturates and dangerous levels of Valium/Xanax."

Lifetime Insomniac (taken for less than 1 month) January 7, 2017

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Endep (amitriptyline) for Insomnia: "Works ok. I have Bulge discs, tear, depression & anxiety . On this I sleep well. Loss of sex drive, anxiety and stress still high. Doesn't help the pain so much in my back. I sleep really well at night after 100mg, but I wake up tired and need to nap for 2-3 hours and in bed by 9:30pm. Just always wanting to sleep and lazy."

   
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aaaaaaaallllllll January 6, 2017

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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "I have had cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) for 15 years or so. CVS started when I was about 18-19 years old. I have been "sick" at least 2 days per week, this whole time, sometimes 7 days per week I'm sick, but never just 1 day. ER visits, IV meds, week long hospital stays, and doctors literally worldwide scratching there heads trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I settled into the fact that I was destined to be sick and that it was going to kill me. At 33, I FINALLY got the diagnosis of CVS and have been prescribed 50mg amitriptyline, and I have slowly been improving. I have gained weight, and sleep 10hrs nightly, only side effects so far, so I'll take it! Been 6 months,I'm down to 4-6 sick days per month, so it's working!"

   
8.0

Bikridr (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2017

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