User Reviews for Amitriptyline (Page 6)
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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|Cough||1 review||796 medications|
|Somatoform Pain Disorder||2 reviews||0 medications|
|Neurotic Depression||1 review||3 medications|
|Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome||21 reviews||0 medications|
|Chronic Myofascial Pain||4 reviews||42 medications|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||8 reviews||5 medications|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||60 reviews||141 medications|
|Interstitial Cystitis||44 reviews||30 medications|
|Persistent Depressive Disorder||1 review||3 medications|
|Urinary Incontinence||1 review||49 medications|
|Dysautonomia||1 review||53 medications|
|Depression||56 reviews||80 medications|
|Migraine Prevention||258 reviews||29 medications|
|Pain||173 reviews||1102 medications|
|Anxiety and Stress||89 reviews||9 medications|
|Vulvodynia||9 reviews||9 medications|
|Insomnia||162 reviews||108 medications|
|Pudendal Neuralgia||4 reviews||0 medications|
|Burning Mouth Syndrome||4 reviews||11 medications|
|Fibromyalgia||84 reviews||20 medications|
|Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome||4 reviews||2 medications|
|Hyperhidrosis||2 reviews||9 medications|
|Summary of Amitriptyline reviews||8.0||989 reviews|
Reviews for Amitriptyline
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."
Dawks (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2017
45 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Diggerton March 4, 2017
78 users found this comment helpful.
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."
tewbh March 2, 2017
28 users found this comment helpful.
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
82 users found this comment helpful.
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."
LisaPon February 26, 2017
17 users found this comment helpful.
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"
Dawks February 26, 2017
118 users found this comment helpful.
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."
M. Bear February 24, 2017
88 users found this comment helpful.
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"
Debbie Barton 61 February 20, 2017
32 users found this comment helpful.
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"
Arianaberrios1 February 20, 2017
4 users found this comment helpful.
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 !!!"
Nalatenrab (taken for less than 1 month) February 17, 2017
19 users found this comment helpful.
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 "
Beenpole24 February 15, 2017
16 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Minnie16 (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 14, 2017
17 users found this comment helpful.
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."
carol226 February 14, 2017
34 users found this comment helpful.
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
129 users found this comment helpful.
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 "
Dianek66 February 7, 2017
39 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Chronic back pain and sciatica February 7, 2017
89 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
SteveDee February 6, 2017
77 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Old Hat February 2, 2017
63 users found this comment helpful.
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 ."
Colacat (taken for less than 1 month) February 2, 2017
55 users found this comment helpful.
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."
HopingforPeace February 2, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
For Pudendal Neuralgia: "Do not take this drug. It did absolutely nothing for my pain. It did however, send me into a full Depression."
SarahSong (taken for less than 1 month) January 31, 2017
5 users found this comment helpful.
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."
yellowfrog (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 31, 2017
27 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Tobes-Aus (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 28, 2017
57 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Susie12345 January 23, 2017
21 users found this comment helpful.
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"
Anonymous January 21, 2017
10 users found this comment helpful.
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