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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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6.4/10 Average Rating

77 Ratings with 68 User Reviews

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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Fibromyalgia

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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."

   
9.0

Emma720 September 11, 2016

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"Never improved symptoms...."

   
1.0

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."

   
8.0

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 :/"

   
5.0

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."

   
8.0

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."

   
9.0

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."

   
7.0

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."

   
7.0

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."

   
2.0

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

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"I also have Fibromyalgia and Stenosis, and for five years my doctors prescribed many different medications.....finally I have a combination that puts me to sleep, KEEPS me asleep (before I'd wake up a dozen times a night) and I have NO side effects. I'm taking 90mg of Cymbalta once a day, 7.5 Norco three times a day, 10mg Valium three times a day and Elavil 25mg at bed time. I still have pain and stiffness but I can sleep thru the night. My mood has improved and I'm better able to deal with my health issues and life situations. It took a long time to get to this point but it was well worth the wait as I am sleeping 8-10 hours a night now, my dark circles are nearly gone and I'm happier because I feel rested."

   
9.0

It Works November 5, 2015

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"The only thing that I have noticed is that I talk in my sleep, and I can hear myself talking but I can't remember what I've said."

   
9.0

Roci (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 1, 2015

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Endep (amitriptyline): "I'm on 150 and it doesn't do anything"

   
3.0

Frannyyyyyy October 13, 2015

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"After reading some of the reviews I just want to say that amitriptyline is not prescribed to help with the daily pain of fibromyalgia. It is used to help ease the other symptoms it can cause. If you are taking it in hopes that your daily aches and pains are going to go away then I suggest you see a different doctor and try something else. I take Savella also and that has helped me a great deal. But I am using amitriptyline because I suffer from tension headaches and migraines. Out of the month, I can go every day with a headache. I have not been on it long enough to give you a full review but since I have been on it I can say that I am sleeping much better and my headaches are getting better. I have been on it for a little more than a week."

   
7.0

malloryb September 29, 2015

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I haven't started this drug yet, but am suppose to today, I'm scared to take it from reading everyone's reviews cause I'm a tired person and have IBS so any change can make me really sleepy or feel sick, I'm really sleepy. I'm 31 with 2 kids. I don't want to be more tired or feel like a zombie cause half the time I do anyways. I'm crying cause I'm so scared to take this drug cause the side effects seem so much and those side effects always affect me. I will try it so my doctor can't hound me about taking it. I really don't wanna lose my thoughts cause I have a bad memory as is. But what can you do when you have to be a lab rat for your doctor, not happy!"

Jennypaigeandfam September 11, 2015

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"Doctors could not figure out why I had pain and sleepless nights. I finally told the docs lets pretend its fibromyalgia and treat it. Doctor prescribed amitriptyline and I am 90% better. I still have occasional difficult nights but my life is much better."

   
9.0

hoggywood August 23, 2015

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"I've had amitriptyline prescribed for insomnia, non restorative sleep and fatigue. Started at 10mg and now at 50mg. It does nothing at all for me so far."

   
1.0

Sucreetcreme June 7, 2015

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"Used it for a month started at 10 mg-20 mg. One of the worst drugs I have used. It left me so sedated that I couldn't wake up in the morning and wanted to sleep all day. It helped with head aches but I couldn't concentrate, felt overly emotional, crying and angry. I found it hard to drive from lack of focus 18 hours after taking pill. I had a deep sleep, but not a restful one, the dreams were bizarre. Dry mouth and irritable too. Not worth not having a headache to have all of these problems. I am very sensitive to medication as I don't drink so it was not for me. Oh and I gained three pounds in first two weeks using it."

   
1.0

JJ85 (taken for less than 1 month) May 25, 2015

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