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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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For Migraine Prevention: "Hi, I am sharing my opinion with maximum respect to all readers and based only on my own experience. I've had migraine almost all my life. I am 44. My migraine was 50% pain and 50% mood change (which was terrible or even worse than the pain). This has been deeply affecting my quality of life, my relations (mood changes) and also at work. The last neurologist I visited put me on Amitriptyline 25mg. The medicine helped a bit reducing the frequency of the migraines. However migraines came back and the last attack lasted for 3 weeks. He changed the dose to 50 mg. I am now 71 days without migraine and still counting. I am a new person and I wish my comment may help others."

   
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PedroSG May 22, 2017

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For Fibromyalgia: "I was only prescribed amitriptyline a week ago. I used it for the first time on Monday night and my experience was horrible. I felt like I had no control over my body, it really was a trip. I felt almost paranoid because of it and the dry mouth (which my doctor warned me about) was unpleasant. I made up my mind that I would rather go back to Xanax or lorazepam for my Depression and recently diagnosed PTSD."

   
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LeeDee723 May 19, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I have been talking amitriptyaline for migraine prevention for the past year and it has completely improved the quality of my life! "

   
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Sirius111111 May 16, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I have had insomnia, anxiety and migraines since I was 7 years old (I'm 47). I've been taking 10mg every night for the past 7 months to prevent migraines and it has helped immensely. Migraines have virtually stopped (previously migraines were almost daily). Insomnia has gone - this was an unexpected positive side effect. Anxiety seems to have improved but this could be because of not being in pain and sleeping well. I don't seem to be suffering from any side effects and I'm usually very sensitive to medication. Perhaps a little groggy in the morning like a normal person - coffee fixes it."

   
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Smoking Alpaca May 9, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I'm always super nervous about taking new meds. So before I do, I always check up online to see other's experience with it. I saw a lot of really negative stuff about amitriptyline. I have to say, I was happily surprised with the outcome. I get really good, heavy sleep and even after the first dose I noticed less anxiety and a happier mood, which is only getting better day by day. This med, along with yoga, lots of meditation, calming teas, and a healthy diet can truly go a long way if you're sincerely dedicated. 10/10 from me. Good luck!"

   
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Miriamislame May 5, 2017

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For Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome: "Started at 10 mg up to 25mg. Doesn't help pain but I do sleep better. Extremely dry mouth and skin since I began 2 months ago. Not sure if the sleep is worth the sore dry mouth and skin that when I rub it, snows dead skin cells everywhere."

   
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Ikimmi (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 28, 2017

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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Depression: "I was prescribed Elavil for depression and migraine prevention. After taking only two 10mg doses of elavil, I had a severe manic episode. (Note: I am not bi-polar.) I was shaking, pacing, unable to sleep, talking a mile a minute but making no sense, full of anxiety and rage, unable to eat or keep anything down and in a total panic. My husband took me to the ER when my heart rate went through the roof and I became short of breath. The hospital kept me overnight on a heart monitor and gave me sedatives to calm me down. My doctor wants me to try another medication but I am terrified at the prospect. Honestly, I'd rather be depressed and have migraines than try another anti depressant. One bad experience was ENOUGH."

   
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MigraineMisery (taken for less than 1 month) April 26, 2017

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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "I'm 27 years old and have been to the doctors many many times. I've had nausea, vomiting, weight loss and headaches/migraines, for over a year now. I'll have a few days to a week with no symptoms and then they come right back. I've had appointments with gastroenterologist and have had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done. I've been to the hospital on a few occasions due to my vomiting. Doctors still don't know whats wrong. They have put me on acid reflex medications, which don't help much. I have talked to my doctor about the possibility of me having CVS. He hasn't said that's what I have but prescribed me Amitriptyline. Just started it yesterday... Hope it works. Close to losing my job if I cant get this under control....."

   
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Mrs.K.Horne (taken for less than 1 month) April 25, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "My Dr prescribed 10mg Amitriptyline/day for chronic migraines (daily with no apparent cause) and I managed to last 5 days on the meds. I had horrible dizziness, was lightheaded whenever I stood up, had the weirdest dreams (to the point where I did not want to go to sleep and face whatever dream/nightmare that was waiting for me) and on the last night I took them I had such terrible stomach pain that it woke me up and my mother almost took me to the ER because I nearly blacked out from the pain when I got up to go to the washroom. The meds also didn't actually help with my migraine situation. Based off of my reactions to other medications, I would say that I'm particularly prone to side effects so they may/may not happen to you."

   
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UltimateProcrastinator (taken for less than 1 month) April 25, 2017

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Be careful if you have IBS-C as this can make it worse, particularly at high doses, try and take it at a low dose if you do for anxiety which is good for numbing in IBS in general. However seeing as IBS-C is basically an issue with bowels not moving fast enough you can imagine how adding a sedative essentially isn't really the best thing to add lol made mine so much worse after a year, anyways what works for some doesn't always work for others, good luck whatever you do :-)"

   
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Jenny11145 (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 20, 2017

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For Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: "I was sick with violent to moderate vomiting episodes daily for 5 years, numerous tests and docs with no answer. Eventually when I ended up on IV fluids at home we tried amitriptyline it was amazing, a life saver literally. Now 5 years later it has stopped working and I am devastated. I am trying nortryptaline as a change to see if taking a break from amitryptaline will get it to work again. I was up to 100 mg every night. The nortryptaline is not working at all, I am vomiting numerous times a day. Has anyone else had great success with amitript, and have it stop? What did you do? Thank you for any insight from other sufferers, it really helps. My first episodes started about 32 or 33."

   
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Heaving heather April 18, 2017

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For Insomnia: "I was prescribed these for insomnia and anxiety. I've been on every anti-depressant you can think of, all with awful side effects. I do get a dry mouth, tiredness, headaches and mild anxiety with Amitryptaline, but it's much more manageable - I was suffering from daily, pretty constant anxiety before starting Amitryptaline. I'm on 30mg. My sleep is 90% better (which after 12 years of chronic insomnia is a amazing)."

   
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ShibaLover April 16, 2017

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For Pain: "After 12 years on T3's twice a day so I can walk with less pain following broken back caused by drunk driver, I am starting to see the light (not that one!). I am really noticing a big pain difference and am even skipping T3 doses (unheard of)! I am elated, hoping Doc will be too. I am even noticing that I am not hungry and have stopped eating regularly scheduled meals until I am. Maybe I'll drop a few pounds too! Love & Light, Rev T."

   
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Rev T (taken for less than 1 month) April 13, 2017

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For Pain: "I was prescribed Amitriptyline 10mg nightly for nerve pain. I have had spinal surgery involving a C5/6 discectomy, while C4/5 and C6/7 are prolapsed. With the C6/7 prolapse worsening the pain through my neck, upper back, shoulder and arm was becoming unbearable. Although the initial pain at the C6/7 disc site has not completely gone (due to the disc nearing surgery stage) I have found it gave me great relief from my peripheral pain allowing me to get some sleep. The side effects in the first few days was a bit of confusion, felt a bit dizzy and tired, my husband saw me through the first couple of days, it was worth it. I have had cortisones and am now coming off all tablets. Headaches, but not bad."

   
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DKNY (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 10, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I have always suffered tiredness depression whenever I didn't get a good night's sleep. I was sent to a specialist re an unrelated matter with chronic sinusitis. He said he diagnosed myofascial disorder and prescribed Endep 10g and I couldn't believe the difference. No more waking up in a haze and feeling anxious. I have since had a difficult marriage break up to deal with and increased the dose to 25mg. I don't know how I would have coped without this drug. I hope to get back to the 10mg once I have my life back once settlement is done and I move on."

   
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avian April 10, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "First started taking for cluster headaches (much worse than your run of the mill migraine), worked a treat. Was taking rizapan, sumagram, maxalt, basically all the Triptans and while they work I get about 4 cluster headaches a day so I started to get headaches from the overdosing on Triptans. Went to hospital and endone did nothing for me. Tried beta blockers, they made me really sick. Even did physio and acupuncture, don't even bother.... 30mg of endep and the cluster headaches are completely gone."

   
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Alm865 April 10, 2017

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For Insomnia: "I suffer manor depression anxiety and insomnia. I was on trazadone 100mg, which I cut back to 50mg because it's very sedating. I switched from trazadone 50mg to amitriptyline 10mg to start 2 days ago. It is not as strong as the trazadone but does the same job, although I may need a higher dose eventually. I don't wake up as groggy as with other meds and sleep well. So far so good not many side effects but some dry mouth. But I am also switching from cipralex to Effexor so it's hard to tell which side effect is coming from which med. But I do think this med is helping for sleep and anxiety. Btw I was addicted to benzodiazepines for years so this is a good substitute for addictive meds."

   
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Christicroo (taken for less than 1 month) April 9, 2017

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For Insomnia: "Been on it since 2008 --went through 5 days withdraw from OxyContin @ Vicodin by choice by my self in a cabin-yes I had a RX 4 both meds -I was working out of state at the time-coming home every month 4 my legal fix. I was messed up mentally and physically after I stopped taking meds. I also quit drinking and smoking cigarettes and weed. Doctor prescribed tramadol which took a month to kick in. I take 100mg 2 hours before I plan to sleep & Amitriptyline HCL 100 mg. It is best thing I ever did. I was self-medicating with the alcohol because I had insomnia ever since I was a teenager and now I am 65 years old. The cons-dry mouth in in the morning no big deal - it's worth having a good night sleep no hangover effects for me I recommend this medication thank you"

   
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Redjin 9 April 5, 2017

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For Insomnia: "This has been a godsend for me. Years of insomnia which resulted in depression and general lack of life quality due to exhaustion. I had tried sleep clinic, hypnotherapy , meditation and other drugs - but nothing was effective. Now on 25mg initially on 125mg. The only negative is the weight gain. Initially put on 11 kg, lost 3kg but struggle to lose anymore. The sleep is worth the weight!"

   
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Lou sax (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 4, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I cannot believe the relief I have had by taking this drug ! My last 9 months have been hell, almost constant migraine pain or pressure most days . Amitrptyline has made me my old self again."

   
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Harpoon April 4, 2017

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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Interstitial Cystitis: "39 years old, The 1st few days, no change, Urologist put me on 25 mg, twice a day, it made me so drowsy & thirsty, only took 1 pill at night, on the 14th day is when I had no more pressure or frequency on my bladder, I was back to normal, so I made the mistake of drinking coffee, huge mistake! Took medication the next day, this time morning & night, symptoms disappeared, I suggest taking Prelief before drinking coffee or any acidic food, be patient with this medicine, takes a little while to work but IT WORKS!"

   
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Chica777 (taken for less than 1 month) April 2, 2017

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Elavil, good drug but am starting to depend on it... started with 12.5mg, within few months I was off it... However, I had a relapse after 5 months of abruptly tapering off, which was terrible, like I was going to pass out in minutes. Now, I am on 100mg but it seems I need to increase the dosage because I have a hodgepodge of headaches and balance issues.. Sleep as been wonderful regardless of mentioned symptoms... Is this feeling normal and will I need to increase it...????"

   
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Dotunoyedele (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 29, 2017

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For Burning Mouth Syndrome: "I have suffered from Burning Mouth Syndrome now for 7 years; it literally possessed my mouth like a fiery demon one day, and I have suffered on and off from it ever since. After trying numerous ineffective treatments, I was prescribed Amitriptyline (Endep 25) by an oral pathologist. It works to a point, and also helps with the chronic insomnia I have experienced for 10 years. However, I don't like taking this drug; I feel like a zombie the next day and it takes a whole day to get over the feeling. However, I like to keep a supply on hand for when the BMS becomes unbearable; I'll actually 'knock myself out' with Endep to obtain relief when my symptoms are really severe. More research needed urgently into this nightmarish condition!"

   
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SandyKatz (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 27, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "Been on Elavil 20 mg for 6 months for migraine prevention, at first felt really loopy and actually stopped taking them after first dose, did not like feeling like that. But my doc urged me to try them and my migraines are down from 6-8 a month to 1-2 a month, so far so good."

   
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RDW29 March 25, 2017

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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "I am 52 years old I've struggled my entire life with anxiety phobias depression intrusive racing thoughts etc I was diagnosed with PTSD MDD and panic disorder. I have tried every kind of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants. Sometimes with absolutely horrible side effects. I am disabled with disc and bone disease my pain doctor added amitriptyline to my meds. I never would have imagined my pain doctor giving me a drug that could change my whole life, especially at my age. I gave up on finding a medication that really helped. I have been home bound for the past 3 years I have become a recluse. Now, I look forward to getting out of the house! I actually feel happy! THANK GOD!!!! AND IT'S ONLY $4 CASH !"

   
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TEXAN11 March 24, 2017

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