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Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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7.1/10 Average Rating

156 Ratings with 136 User Reviews

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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Insomnia

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"I'm 40. I have had insomnia my entire life and been treated for it since I was 12. A lot of meds make you sleepy, few help you sleep. Ambien may work once or twice. In reality, all that works are things you can't continually put in your body. Barbiturates and dangerous levels of Valium/Xanax."

Lifetime Insomniac (taken for less than 1 month) January 7, 2017

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Endep (amitriptyline): "Works ok. I have Bulge discs, tear, depression & anxiety . On this I sleep well. Loss of sex drive, anxiety and stress still high. Doesn't help the pain so much in my back. I sleep really well at night after 100mg, but I wake up tired and need to nap for 2-3 hours and in bed by 9:30pm. Just always wanting to sleep and lazy."

   
5.0

aaaaaaaallllllll January 6, 2017

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"After months of sleepless nights, I finally went to the doc and was prescribed Amitriptyline about 6 or 7 days ago. The doc said not to skip a dose - to take it every night. It takes about 2 weeks to get into your system enough to work properly. Jury's still out, but it does not put me to sleep for several hours after taking it, and sometimes it doesn't work at all. I was wide awake at 5:30 a.m. morning before last. Last night I was asleep within an hour of laying down and slept until 11 a.m. this morning. Some days I feel groggy, and others I feel refreshed. My pain level has decreased drastically. Have bad, arthritic knees. Wondering if this drug helps relieve inflammation? I think it makes me calmer the day after. Still hoping....."

   
4.0

JadedPrincess (taken for less than 1 month) December 30, 2016

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"Makes me sleep all night and all the next day, even if I don't take a whole pill. I tossed it in the trash. I hate it."

   
1.0

RockerDee December 17, 2016

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"I have had insomnia and chronic pain for 24 years. I've seen every specialist imaginable and no one could seem to help me. But I was still taking sleep aids every night, sometimes doubling up on the dosage. At my worst I was taking a handful of pills just to fall asleep and my family worried that someday I would not wake up. I went to a lung specialist and he prescribed Elavil. I have been on it for about 4 months now at 100 mg and I RARELY need to take a sleep aid. I just get sleepy and go to bed, like "normal people". =) I also noticed a great reduction in my pain levels. So it's either the Elavil that is helping the pain directly or its the restful sleep. Either way I am thrilled w the medication!"

   
9.0

Lis333 December 7, 2016

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"Well after trying a few medications to help with my insomnia this one worked. About 15 min after taking it i got bad dry mouth. And this continues every time I take it. But it works. It works very well. The only bad thing is I wake up shaky and I have this awful rash on my face that goes from the middle of my forehead down the mid cheek area on both sides of my face. I have never had acne so I am assuming it is a side effect. I will find out tomorrow when i go see my doctor about it..I hope it is not though since this medication works."

   
9.0

Andrea Seal December 5, 2016

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"I have had sleep issues for a long time. Strong sleep medicines left me groggy and really out of it. This year, when anxiety issues caused some serious sleep problems, my doctor prescribed 25 mg of amitriptyline, and my pharmacist said to start with 10 mg the first couple nights. It has worked well, returned me to my normal sleep patterns, and now I occasionally take 5 mg if I have had a difficult or emotion-laden day. Works very well for me."

   
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Eugenio (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 25, 2016

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"I was very curious to know has anyone here been to a sleep specialist or even had a couple sleep labs done? I'm familiar with all meds mentioned. If I had not been down that long road, I wouldn't know their names. I was bounced around with this med and that and combinations (as I have pain and other issues as well) Not until I had 2 sleep studies done, and after 4 yrs seeing a Neurologist who specializes in insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea. He also has a Phd in Pulmonology but doesnt practice that any longer. There are definitive reasons why different people sleep or don't, how long, feel rested, or not. The body as is was meant to be awake approx. 15 hrs and asleep approx. 8-9 hrs. I would like to share some things that may help. K"

   
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Night to Night November 16, 2016

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"I have a depressive disorder called disthymia, post traumatic stress disorder and have been struggling with sleep/insomnia for a while. I was on zopiclone and tamazepam often put could only take them 3 days at a time with a break as to not become addicted to them etc. After a few months of this my doctor gave me Amitriptyline and it also boosts my anti depressant. I have a couple of pills at about 8 or so and its been great. I fall asleep at the right times - start yawning around 11pm, jump into bed and get to sleep. I wake up about 7 or 8 and im able to get up. It has also been great for my moods. I love it"

   
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Fourth November 1, 2016

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"I started the medication after suffering from insomnia and general anxiety. I tried citrolpram and basically didn't sleep for a month along with numerous other side affects. I was sceptical the first couple of times I took 10mg to help with sleep and it had no effect, maybe I needed to wait longer for the citrolpram to clear out my system. I left it couple of days and tried 25 mg, let's just say I slept the best I had in a long time. I haven't really noticed any other side affects, maybe this is because citrolopram made me feel so strange this doesn't even scratch the surface. Anyway I'm now to look forward to bed and I hope this continues as it is really helping me focus better at work having more sleep."

   
8.0

Philerini October 27, 2016

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"TERRIBLE!! It has been 4 weeks and I have been experiencing Insomnia. I tried every Naturalpathic remedy and method that one can think of; EFT, Meditation, Hops, Chamamille, on and on and on... Nothing worked.. So, I broke down, went to the doctor and he gave me this medicine. I told him that I lay there and think - Nothing Negative, I am a happy person, but just lay there thinking about stuff. This medicine made me CRAZY; I was pacing and angry and pulling my hair (metaphorically speaking). It is a Psychotropic drug - NASTY STUFF! So, as I sit here ANGRY at the doctor for giving me a psychotropic instead of a sleep aid, I am getting more and more irritable.... IN THE TRASH IT GOES!"

   
1.0

billyv01 October 26, 2016

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"My sleep has progressively gotten worse as I have grown older, now 60. I have tried five other drugs with no success. Lunesta worked better than others but would only work a couple of nights then nothing and I felt groggy and had constant headaches. The doctor gave me Amitriptyline 50mg and the first night, while a little jittery I fell asleep in about 20 minutes and slept most of the night, getting up and changing rooms, then falling back to sleep again. The second night I tossed and turned most of the night. Tonight is number three so I am hoping that the side effects subside. Will update in a few days. I am still battling major headaches with this drug as I did with Lunesta. Hoping for success tonight."

   
5.0

Sleepy in Carmel October 21, 2016

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"I had horrible insomnia for about a year and tried a number of pills, but none of them seemed to work. My doctor prescribed me 25 mg Amitryptyline, but it took about 3-4 weeks to actually kick in. I take it about an hour or two before bed, and it has helped me fall asleep and stay asleep. It's important to try and get 8 hours of sleep on it though, because it can make you feel groggy. I'm glad that I have finally found a medicine that has regulated my sleep schedule."

   
8.0

carologan October 13, 2016

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"Amitriptyline worked for me for sometime but its wore off after a while. I have been on amitriptyline for six straight year. The first 3 years were my best as it gave deep dream less sleep. I felt really rested each morning but after that its effectiveness wore off and even an increased dosage from 50g to 100g up to 200g has been not been able to help. Now it only allows me maximum of 2hours each night."

sleeplessness doll September 26, 2016

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"No medicine has ever worked for my insomnia besides this one. It keeps my mind from racing, and keeps my emotions steady so I'm able to fall to sleep with no problems. I usually take it an hour before bedtime and then lay down, read a little bit until I'm feeling tired enough, and just close me eyes. Before this medicine I couldn't tell you the last time that I was able to fall asleep without remembering but now I don't remember falling asleep and have to worry about hours of tossing and turning. Highly recommend."

   
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Abbyt24 (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2016

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"I slept well as a young adult, but by my mid forties I was only sleeping about 4 hours per night, and only 2 or 3 hours if I was under stress. It finally got to where I having a lot of anxiety, grinding my teeth at night (with a sore jaw in the morning), and even started showing symptons of ocd. I started Elavil (Brand name in Canada) 10mg at bedtime six years ago, and it has made my life so much better. I sleep a solid 6.5 hours every night, and feel great. The teeth grinding and the ocd symptoms both stopped within the first 2-3 weeks. It took a few days to start taking effect. I also had a slight tremor during that first few days only. I had a somewhat dry mouth for the first two years or so, but not at all now. 10mg still works for me.."

   
9.0

sleepgreat (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 15, 2016

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"It's nice to see that so many people have had luck with this medication. It was horrible for me. I thought it would help me sleep after Trazadone stopped working, but instead I would be awake every other night, tossing and turning, with muscle spasms and hot flashes. I felt crazy. The doctor kept upping the dose thinking it would help, but of course it just got worse and I felt crazy. It was only a week, but I had to take off work and I just felt miserable. I couldn't eat and lost eight pounds. You won't know until you try it, but if you go a night without sleep, I would recommend not using it and not letting anyone talk you into trying more and more and more."

   
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Anonymous September 8, 2016

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"To me amptripline is a miracle, for me i would not sleep after detoxing off tramadol an Loratabs an menopause .the first pill was 50 mg worked fine then after a year I went on 100 mg .it is a calming drug an I don't have anxiety. .i go some times without but after 3days I'm back not sleeping .take one pill an im like a normal petson so calm."

   
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ms.shirley (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 24, 2016

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"Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, not an hypnotic. It causes significant orthostatic hypotension, so when getting up in the middle of the night for a bathroom trip, it is a common cause of hip fracture in the elderly. One should have a cardiology work-up before starting, and since it passes through the liver, is hepatotoxic. When used for "sleep" - it generally is given in lower doses than when treating depression. Is is a common agent for overdosing, not necessarily for the patient, but for grandchildren who grab Granny's meds. Since hypnotics are not recommended for use beyond 30 days, it is a very bad choice. As off-label, there are medico-legal consequences for the prescriber with untoward events"

Dr MJP August 20, 2016

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"This medication helps me sleep all night. It is the best sleep medication I have ever taken."

   
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MJ - August 12, 2016

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"The nurse practioner told me to "take this with one foot in the bed", implying that it was very powerful. Nope!! The only thing it does for me is give me crazy dreams. It does NOTHING for my insomnia."

   
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Memphisanddenversmommy July 30, 2016

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"This medicine makes me feel tired, but won't let me sleep due to jittery feeling. This is not a good medicine for sleep. Have to turn over about every five minutes to get rid of jittery feeling. This medicine should not be taken for sleep at all."

   
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MilesRi July 20, 2016

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"I have been on 20mg amitriptyline for some years now due to really bad insomnia. I don't really know if it works as some nights I sleep ok and others hardly at all. However never felt groggy in morning nor had a dry mouth (unlike when I have taken zopliclone and other sleeping pills). This week for example has been awful. Every night hardly slept a wink. So went docs yday and he said to increase dosage up to 50mg. Took 40mg last night and will see how that goes. Insomnia is just the worst thing ever, really envy those people who can sleep on a washing line!"

   
5.0

Insomnialala (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 8, 2016

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"I was given this for my horrible migraine and for my insomnia. I was prescribe 20 ml every night and I must say is a life saver, I'm a full time student and I had a tumor removed from my spine and after that i wasn't able to sleep like before and my migraine went five level up, horrible, but this medicine is the best thing ever. The first week i tried it made me SOOOO hungry so i stopped it for like a month but my migraine was killing me i started it again no more side effects, I have energy for my day, it worked out great for me"

   
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KABM04 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 1, 2016

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"I am a major insomniac, I was first prescribed trazadone (first 50 mg then 100 then 200) although the 200mg gave me excessive sweating at night as a side effect, plus trazadone only helps you to get to sleep, not stay asleep. so my doc recudes traz to 100 and put me on ami 25mg I find amitryptamine 25mg does'nt help me get to sleep, the trazadone initially puts me to sleep and I find ami gives me a full nights kip without waking up alot, I'd reccommend trazadone + ami together if your doctor is willing to put you on both @ same time."

   
9.0

ChrisBb June 21, 2016

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