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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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7.2/10 Average Rating

144 Ratings with 123 User Reviews

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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Insomnia

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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."

   
10

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."

   
1.0

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."

   
1.0

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."

   
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ChrisBb June 21, 2016

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"Works alright but loses effectiveness over time, so i only take every now and then."

   
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Spe77 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 18, 2016

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"absolutely horrendous - I don't understand how anybody can take these drugs. All it did was put me in a fog and laid awake for hours on end. My doctor wanted me to try something besides Ambien, because it causes dependency - big deal - at least I can get some sleep. The only plus would be the cost - 13 cents for 30 pills. Not worth it though."

   
1.0

bad attitude June 12, 2016

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"I take 100mgs of Elavil at night. It takes a couple of hours to kick in, but when it does,it is the most blissful sleep ever. I also take it for GAD and it has worked better than Xanex, Attivan or Klonopin. I am calm for the first time in a long, long time."

   
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AngelWolf12 June 11, 2016

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"Had insomnia ever since I can remember, when I went to the doctor he prescribed me amitriptyline 25mg it does not help at all. It makes me fell like a zombie, and it makes me feel "dull". I talk slow, and feel like I can't stand, but when I do sleep I sleep way too well. It's hard to wake up and when I do I feel tired all day."

   
2.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) June 7, 2016

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I have had insomia for months. Dr started me on Elavil 10mg for sleep, within a half hour I'm a sleep. I have not slept this good in a long time. I am not a zombie either in the mornings. I feel very good when I awake. Best thing."

   
8.0

Feefee40215 May 18, 2016

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"I was given 10mg a night of amitriptyline for insomnia. I slept all night but was very dopey the next day so now take half (5mg). I'm still a bit slow in the morning but am sleeping well. I just have a dry mouth next morning. Not much of a price to pay."

   
8.0

Mon Somnifère May 10, 2016

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"Been taking it for 4 months and while it does give me a full nights sleep 8 to 10 hrs finally ☺ I am super stupid the next day until 3 or 4 and have very little motivation or energy so have decided to stop taking it."

   
6.0

Toosleepy (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 3, 2016

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"I have been on Ambien for many years and it stopped working for me. My dr. has tried some other meds, but so far nothing seems to work. I've been on Elavil for about a week now and it seems as if I'm taking a sugar pill. It's just not working for me I wish it did work as well for as it has for others."

   
1.0

Mikesntx (taken for less than 1 month) April 19, 2016

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Endep (amitriptyline): "Been on endep 10mg for 4 weeks .for insomnia. Although it helps me sleep the longer I take it the dopier I get during day. Feel like I am permanently sedated. Like my brain is shrinking and my head is full of cotton wool all day. No motivation to do anything.."

   
1.0

Theg (taken for less than 1 month) March 31, 2016

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"I been taking this for over 2 years for insomnia, anxiety and mild depression and it changed my life. For the first time in 20 years i sleep like a baby."

   
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kcladyz (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 16, 2016

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"I was prescribed 50mg and the first time I took it this way WAY too high of a dosage. I felt drowsy for the entire day the next day like I was on drugs. I was prescribed this a few months go and I still have a many pills left because I only take it when I feel like I won't be able to sleep and I cut the pill in half so that it's only 25mg. I usually sleep like a baby but it is really hard to wake up. If I take it on the weekend I end up sleeping about 10 hours. I still feel pretty drowsy with 25mg but it wears off by the middle of the day."

   
8.0

Gabs747 March 9, 2016

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"I was prescribed this at a low dose for various sleep problems associated with CFS/ME. Helps tremendously with remaining asleep (used to wake up 4-8 times a night) but basically completely useless aiding someone who has trouble getting to sleep - one of my main problems. Horrific and vivid nightmares frequently occurring since I've been taking it & v. dry mouth. Staying on it as GP very reluctant to give me anything stronger for my sleep unfortunately"

   
6.0

sineadkb (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 7, 2016

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"Excellent for sleep. Take 10mg at bedtime & sleep extremely well with no groggy feeling in the morning. Love it!! Dry mouth sucks but totally worth it & super cheap!"

   
9.0

Fifi78 (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 1, 2016

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