User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Anxiety and Stress
"This was a phenomenal find! I could not function everyday tasks until beginning amitriptyline. I couldn't even try to upset myself, or feel worried while on amitriptyline. I went from constant unknown fear and breathing difficulty to floating on a cloud without a fear in the world. First few weeks had some challenging side effects. Blackouts, memory loss, numbness in face, lathargic, more sleepy than usual, dry mouth and munchies. All those disappeared after a month or so. Did try to get off it to see how my anxiety could manage on its own. Withdrawals were pretty miserable. Two weeks of headaches, nausea, irritability, and dizziness. Did get back on it when anxiety came back full blown. Slowly increased up to 75mg. Hope it works for you!"
Lydiasaurus November 14, 2016
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"Nothing has worked for me for anxiety, depression, or insomnia. Add this to the list. I wish I could find something that works. My doc put me on 50mg of this in the morning and before bed, along with 1 & 1/2 1.5mg klonipin 3x a day and 2mg Xanax as needed. I was also given lexapro for depression. It didn't help at all. Caused sleeplessness, restlessness, worsened insomnia, weight gain and bloating, ED, and gynocemastia. Not sure which meds caused which, but I was also on nexium, water pills, and lisinipril. Got off all meds as fast as I could and am still suffering from stage 2 hypertension, depression, anxiety, SAD, insomnia, and GERD without meds. Life is rough, but at least I'm not dealing with side effects."
GuyInSa (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 11, 2016
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"Amitriptyline give me a good sleep every night, I take 1x10mg 2 hrs before sleep. Also the tablet takes away any aches and pains on your body. A cure for panic attacks for which I used to have 6 approx a month is : Stop drinking Coffee or Tea unless you change it to Decaffinated only and the other cure that helps is : 4 or more cups of Camomile Tea every day ,no sugar and no milk in it. I normally leave the t-bag in the cup until I have drunk it. All these things have worked for me and I have not had any Panic attacks for approx 3 years. Also if you suffer with Policeman's heel while walking, the only cure for that is : Sketcher's Shape-ups, I have been wearing them for years and my pain has completely disappeared, I buy mine on line."
karnchana62 October 25, 2016
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Endep (amitriptyline): "Been taking it for 6 years initially for depression then anxiety and stress and it's one of the worst things to happen to me. Constant eczema where my skins gets very itchy and sore that I have scars all over, constipation is probably the worst as I've had periods of vomiting to stomach being sore and bloated, blurred vision, it's addictive contrary to what doctors say as I have been trying to get off it for 2 years slowly and been admitted to hospital twice in that time for substance abuse relating to endep. Doctors can't understand why I have been on it for so long. Take mine at night as you get drowsy of a day on higher than 50mg (most I taken was 75mg) now on 10mg and still get constipation."
Chriso1 October 22, 2016
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"Was prescribed 10 mg for cystitis 1 pill one hour before bed time. After taking the second pill I got severe anxiety attack which led me down on the road of developing GAD and panic disorder. I did not know what was happening to me why I felt so hyper and kind of sick, had heart palpitations, like I had a ton of coffee. The morning I still felt severe anxiety, called the doctor, made appointments to figure it out what is wrong with me. I started loosing weight because I lost my appetite and I guess all the worry created more worries and eventually panic attacks. It may work for others but be very careful when trying it the first time."
Caused severe anxiety/panic (taken for less than 1 month) October 21, 2016
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"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."
ozzy80 August 11, 2016
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"Took 10 mg for the first time last night for insomnia. To my great surprise, today it seemed to help with both muscle achyness & with anxiety. I slept all day (& needed it), but I suspect that won't be a big issue once I take this med more regularly (which was the case when I was on mirtazapine/Remeron)."
Anne 577 July 23, 2016
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"Had a very bad experience with anxiety three years ago..couldn't eat or sleep properly..feeling nauseous..diarrhoea every morning. Tried lexapro for 3 nights but made diarrhoea worse. Started on 10mg of amitriptyline each night..symptoms improved for a week and then started to come back. Went on 25mg every night and have been taking it ever since. Would not like to stop taking it now as I feel so much happier in myself..side effects were a dry mouth for about a week but nothing after that.."
Dublin moth (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 13, 2016
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"I have been very against any kind of mental health medication, and was very reluctant to try amitryptaline, but my anxiety and insomnia were eroding my quality of life. This has literally been a wonder drug for me, and on such a low dosage. 20mg at night and 10mg each morning. My anxiety is greatly reduced, and intrusive nagging thoughts have vanished. I don't know if this is because I am now sleeping well for the first time ever, or because of the mild sedating effects. But whatever, it certainly works, and I was so sure it wouldn't. Only side effect is a dry mouth, but that's easily remedied with a sip of water. A very positive experience. It really has changed my life for the better."
LindaAlison April 16, 2016
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"Was given this medication for migraines, worst mistake ever, I had bad thoughts about myself, had panic attacks, lost control of myself. Only took it for two nights. Please read the paper because I didn't, only after. Never again. Good luck to everyone else x"
Palacio April 13, 2016
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"I was given this pill for pain relief. It only worked for 3 nights, becuz I would fall asleep as soon as I went to bed. The fourth night the pain in my jaw and ear were back. I have a dry mouth constantly and am drowsy. I had a back tooth filled, becuz I had a cavity. It hurt last night a little but my jaw and ear was worse. I told dentist to pull it, but he thought he could save it and just fill it. Wrong. Now I have to call him back and get off this pill. I am sure it is my tooth."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) April 2, 2016
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"This is just my second day of amitript. and I feel so doped and drugged out...Dr gave it to me for severe anxiety (GAD) which I have suffered for years...I could never tolerate the SSRI's and so she is now trying the amtrip...I feel so out of it and depressed...cant hardly move off the couch much less do any things around the house...I know this is a sedating antidepressant and its the older ones but at such a small dose will I ever get use to the sedating effects and will it really help with the anxiety I have...I dont want to feel like this if its not going to ever help and alll I feel is drugged out every day...I am taking it 3 hours before bedtime and sleeping til 10am the next morning ..should I change meds or give it a go...thanks guys.x"
ScaredyKat (taken for less than 1 month) February 27, 2016
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"I took this medicine for anxiety and panick attacks. After suffering for several months trying all sorts of medication. It was this old school medicine that gave me hope that i can actually recover. It improves my general health condition. But i found it difficult to wake up from sleep while i was still on this medication.It really helps but did not address the symptoms permanently."
Auskelly (taken for less than 1 month) February 24, 2016
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"I struggled horribly with severe anxiety for years I tried all kinds of natural remedies and doctor prescribed medicines but nothing worked long term then two years ago I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis and was prescribed AmItriptyline for pain but what I got was amazing relief from my anxiety and stress now I know what people mean when they say "I got my life back" I take 5mg before bed I sleep great and have a little trouble waking up cause I sleep so well but once I'm up I'm fine no drowsiness and no more anxiety"
outatune00 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 24, 2016
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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I have been on about everything you can imagine for my stress and anxiety. Nothing worked and for years I have been miserable. I was put on Elavil and didn't feel much of an effect but once the doctor bumped me up to 100mgs a day, I am a new person. It has changed my life. I wake up and feel like dancing!"
AngelWolf12 January 21, 2016
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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I have tried almost every medicine for GAD (Xanax, celexa, paxil, wellbutrin, lamictal, seroquel, buspar) but it seems that Amitriptyline is the only drug that work for me. I also take 300 mg of Lyrica for chronic pain and 150 mg of Effexor Xr in the morning and 50 mg of Amitriptyline before sleep. It changed my life."
zeko23 December 7, 2015
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"I was prescribed this to help with my concussion that wasn't going away. It helped me sleep good throughout the night. The first few days i was extremely tired and had a hard time staying awake in school, but once your body gets used to it it works really good- it got rid of my headaches and made me less stressed"
T Blark (taken for less than 1 month) November 23, 2015
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"Since my car accident a little over year ago I shattered my femur, had a compound fracture in my tib and fib and had previous issues with my back, bad L4 and L5 herniations and my S1 is also herniated as my sacrum was fractured in the accident. It was a very traumatic accident, if you saw the pictures of my car you would have a hard time believing anybody lived through it so I now have lots of hardware in my left leg and no idea what happened. I had my dogs in the car and they didn't have a scratch. Been through 3 surgeries and numerous hospital stays and last weekend my 20 y/o "bf"/(was dating him) passed on, this medication has really helped me to be able to sleep through the night; including helping with pain, depression, anxiety & grief"
Erica0424mocha November 8, 2015
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