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Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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6.4/10 Average Rating

85 Ratings with 76 User Reviews

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"I've been taking amitriptyline since January 2013 after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I tried cymbalta for a week and my Dr decided that since it kept me awake 24/7 that it wasn't a good fit for me even though it relieved my pain. I started with 25 mg. After 2 weeks I had some breakthrough pain, so my Dr increased my dosage to 50mg and I'm still on that dosage today. For the first full year I was on this I never had pain and felt 'cured'. As time went on, it seems to help control my pain. I do still have pain, but at a low manageable level. I take this around 7pm each evening to avoid feeling overly drowsy in the mornings. This med allows me to have a fairly normal life."

   
9.0

LBro March 15, 2017

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"I was very recently prescribed amitriptyline at 10 mg for fibromyalgia. , which was also just recently diagnosed after complaints since the age of at least 18 ( now 38). It doesn't help me sleep, even with my low dose of Xanax that was prescribed a year ago, for sleep. Combining the two has given me a more restless sleep, BUT...... It has helped with my pain tremendously!!! Within days, I noticed I could work longer hours ( self employed, thank god), and when I do get sore, it's not as extreme as pre- amitriptyline. I've lost weight in these two weeks, as before I only ate once a day, and I think my body was holding on to any fat it could, now I graze throughout the day and think my metabolism has been kick started again."

   
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trindamcd December 14, 2016

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"I've only been on the medication for 4 nights and I've noticed that my stool has changed color. Would this be one of the effects perhaps or totally not related???? So far in this early stage, I have not noticed any difference with my fibromyalgia."

   
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KEDCC (taken for less than 1 month) November 14, 2016

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"I went from having horrific painsomnia and feeling like a zombie 24/7 and being really agitated by noise and light to having a regular sleep pattern which for sure helped me deal with pain and stress. I'm only up to 30mg a day and I've found coupled with pool therapy this treatment has been invaluable. Only annoying thing is that I get really bad dry mouth (but means I'm drinking more water) and I've totally lost my sex drive."

   
9.0

Wot (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 26, 2016

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Endep (amitriptyline): "Wonderful for my fibromyalgia. It helps reduce pain and helps me get a solid nights sleep. I take 50mg 2 hours before bedtime. Recommend this highly."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 19, 2016

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"I've been taking this drug for 15 years. It saved me. Within 3 days of starting it my fog lifted (to me, the fog was like looking at life through a movie camera). The deep tissue pain went away. It has never had any affect on my sleep patterns. For the first 10 years I was able to keep it to one 10 mg pill per day. The last five, I've had to double it to 20mg (headaches). Way back, about 3 years into this I was having trouble sleeping - quite a few nights I couldn't sleep at all, so I thought if I could take 1/2 a lorazepam it would help. Not wanting to combine the medications, I didn't take the amitriptyline for 3 nights. On the following day I was on the floor in agony. I've NEVER missed another dose."

   
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Ntmitch October 4, 2016

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"I was ready to check myself into a hospital for lack of sleep and pain; mainly from the lack of deep sleep. I was 30 and hadn't slept well in 16 years. My doctor started me on a low dose of amitriptyline and it literally changed my life. I will not go without it. Anytime I have been out of town and left it behind for whatever reason, I am reminded of life before amitryptyline and how awful it was to live that way. I often wonder what exactly it is correcting in my brain or wherever."

riggusso September 30, 2016

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"I been suffering with fibromyalgia for 6 years diagnosed officially for two. I have IBS, RLS, Insomnia, depression and anxiety as side effects.I've been through the mill trying to find something that works to ease it. Had a winning combination of tramadol and mirtazapine taken on a night which eased the pain symptoms so I could sleep. However it didn't help with the pain but I could live with that. My Dr. decided that I couldn't and took me of tramadol and put me on amitriptyline and much like it's name I felt like I'd tripped. I was awake but had no control over my limbs I could still feel the pain the twitches. I felt like I was locked out of my brain and someone else was at the wheel. I will never take it again."

   
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jayrose90 September 29, 2016

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"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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"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."

   
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Emma720 September 11, 2016

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"Never improved symptoms...."

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

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"I believe fibromyalgia symptoms started when I was around 14, it wasn't diagnosed until I was 41. I had been to many doctors complaining of lethargy and body pain/aches, and I never had any answers, one doctor said "do you think this might be all in your head."My life changed at 41 when I started on amitriptyline, I finally went into a deep sleep, felt more refreshed, and it substantially reduced the pain. I am currently 55, original dose lost its efficacy overtime. I am now on 125 mg, but I am very active and run and bicycle weekly. Don't get scared if you feel even more tired in the first 2 to 3 weeks of taking the medication, that will dissipate and you will feel refreshed all day."

   
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Anonymous July 16, 2016

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"I've had fibromyalgia since I was 14 years old. It was not diagnosed until I was 20 at that time I took 3600 milligrams of ibuprofen a day and 40 mg of prozac. After many years I finally went to a rheumatologist who had me on elavil 40 mg. I take that and my 40 mg or prozac and have no fibromyalgia pain any more. I do however have the side effects of fibro fog, short term memory loss. It's very scary I want to stop all medicine but am afraid. The elavil acts like a prophylactic to complicated migraines for me as well as helping me sleep. Any advice from anyone. I've been on medicine for 30 years now. thanks"

   
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DBMCG June 27, 2016

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"I'm taking 10 mg because I can't sleep with the pain I'm in. I have to say I don't feel drowsy on it but I do get to sleep wake up then easily go back to sleep. Last night I had a large glass of wine and took my tablet my became dry ( the norm) but when I woke after two hours sleep I'm in the dark and it was like objects were flying in the room coming towards me I kept my eyes closed and sat up opened them again and still had the objects coming towards me..'I woke my husband straight away as I was worried I'd do something. We looked online and said you should not take with alcohol.. I'm dreading tonight as I'm scared it will happen again.. Has anyone else had this ?"

Cazzzy1962 (taken for less than 1 month) June 18, 2016

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I was prescribed Elavil by my Rheumatologist and have been on it for 10 days. He prescribed a dose of 25mg but I am super sensitive to Meds and have only been taking 12.5mg. Let me just start by saying I have been on everything from Zoloft to Lyrica for depression and Fibro. I have had negative experiences with most of them. I was skeptical to even try Elavil after reading some user reviews but decided to give it a try. So far I have noticed that I have more energy and don't feel like I am in a fog.Other side effects I've noticed:1. Dry mouth 2. Weird dreams 3. Tired in am but more energy later on.4. Upper back pain in the A.M. This concerns me. 5.More social 6.No pain relief for Fibro. If anything I am more aware of it.Jury still out :/"

   
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JenofJax (taken for less than 1 month) June 2, 2016

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"I have fibromyalgia and suffered with anxiety and migraines also menopause is setting in. More recently I had an mri and they also found a syrinx ( cyst like in my spinal cord) in the neck area. I have taken anti depessants before and have reacted badly too them. Amitryptiline 10mg at night was offered to me to help with sleep and pain. It's great, I sleep through no more toilet trips or lying awake all night. I have an interest in life again I had become quite house bound but I'm up and about even walked round town which I haven't done in years. It's only a small dose and it's worked brilliantly."

   
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Ally800 May 8, 2016

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"well, i have fibromyalgia. my doc gave me gabapentin or something like that, which made my pain lower, but then again, i was asleep, because it made me sooo sleepy, and angry, very very very angry, and crying spells, ugh!, I did not want any more pills, but my doc gave me amitriptyline hcl 10, but after reading the reviews i am honestly afraid to drink it... i feel lost...but i was told to go Paleo diet, which i researched and heard good things about. I may go Paleo and pill, and see what helps me more."

njm1 May 8, 2016

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"I've been taking this for 27 years, 50 mg a night and except for a few flare-ups, I've been virtually pain free. I find that it really depends what manufacturer the druggest purchases it from. Strange but true. I highly recommend this medicine."

   
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SJ7 April 17, 2016

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"This medicine has really helped me to sleep. My pain has gone down including migraines. I am still very stiff in the morning and sometimes I have weak legs. Only two side affects I've noticed, dry mouth and sleepy in the morning if I take the meds too late. But still pretty happy with the meds."

   
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Motherofbestkids March 28, 2016

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"I love amitriptyline. I take 125mgs every night and my symptoms have been greatly reduced. I still have days where I don't walk so good but I have a lot more good days than bad. Before I started on this medication I wondered how I could live my life. I also get a great nights sleep. There are drawbacks for me. It has cut out a lot of my social life as I take it about 8pm. I don't have the sexual drive I used to but I am lucky enough to have a wife that understands how much better I am physically in other aspects of my life. Some nights I am not so bad but other nights I am ready for bed by 9:30. I don't have as much pain as I used to have, but I also have stenosis, scoliosis and osteoarthritis of the spine."

   
9.0

Apekeeper (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 8, 2016

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"I find amatriptilene 50mg is helping me get a more refreshed sleep for my fibromyalgia and thus helping with pain issues....had fibro 30 plus years so its the best one I've had"

   
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Mel1968 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 26, 2016

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"I've used Amitriptyline for about 6 mnth now I sleep well, little harder to get up in the morning, It doesn't help my pain, but I do find I'm able to cope better. Also I find using deep heat heat rub helps. I rub it into my muscles. My doctor says it ok as it an anti inflammatory."

   
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tjay4166 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 12, 2016

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"Went through such amazing pain due to fibromyalgia, and severe head aches, I wanted to die. After trying amitripaline, my pain had completely dissappeared. I also found I feel completely balanced, confident, and very happy. I just wish I fell to sleep a little quicker."

   
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Scooby-Doo December 14, 2015

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"I've used this drug 2 times for pain and spasming due to focal distonia. First time was ten years ago and I had no response to it at all: not better, not negative. Then recently for focal dystonia and arthritis pain, and am rhappy with the results. I've been in constant creepy pain for a couple decades and for the first time, I have actually walked down the street, a couple times breathing freely and comfortable in my skin. I use 100 mg with tramadol, but the elivil is the closer. Weight gain and itching are side effects but if you start out knowing you'll crave tubs of ice cream you can discipline yourself and the food cravings become manageable instead of being a toss up between 50lbs overweight or pain."

   
9.0

epicric November 26, 2015

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"I just took the first dose of 10MG last night for Fibro (which I've had for 20 years). It's now 10am and I can't get out of bed (I usually get up before 6am). I have a 6 year old and struggled to get up to get her ready this morning. There's no way I can make it to work this morning. I'm so out of it and I feel horrible. Hope the groggy sleepiness wears off soon! I cannot see me continuing to take this. I cannot speak to whether it would work for Fibro BUT my experience with fibromyalgia is anything that lets you get sleep will help. This used as a sleep medication is not a good option in my opinion, it lasts much to long."

   
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TKN (taken for less than 1 month) November 6, 2015

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