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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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7.2/10 Average Rating

177 Ratings with 160 User Reviews

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"I'm prescribed 200mg nightly for depression/ borderline personality disorder along with qutepine 600mg . Amitripyline are so sedating for me which I like , it's better than any benzodiazepines like temazepam . The trick is take your dose for bedtime about 2 hours before you want to sleep . For me I take mine around 8pm -9pm and I'm gone by 11pm some nights it takes only an hour other nights 3 hours but they're great for sleep . I was once taken off them in hospital and nothing compared. Word of advise - do not drink alcohol unless it's hours and hours before you take your dose. I've blacked out drinking and taking them after drinking loads ."

   
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Shellydizzy November 6, 2017

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"I was prescribed this drug for both pain and sleep due to severe osteoarthritis 20 mg 2 - 3 hours before bed to help me sleep and also 7.5mg of Zopiclone (lunesta) to be taken only if unable to sleep after 2 hours. This combination works wonders after weaning off this drug 3 weeks later the pain and insomnia returned and after 1 week of only 2 hrs sleep a night I am now back on Amitriptyline was tried on gabapentin as well but that had no added benefit but that caused weight gain and water retention"

   
9.0

the storm fisherman (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 30, 2017

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"Only lasts for a month, no matter what I couldn't concentration."

   
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ReservedGene (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 26, 2017

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"I'm a 38 yr old female and have been taking this med for insomnia. I started on 25mg, now take 50mg at bed time. This works wonderful for me with no side effects. I was on only 25mg for years, never had to go up on dose until I had some other medical issues. I've tried Remiron for sleep as well as Ambien. Remiron was a bit much, was knocked out 8hrs or more, easily. Elavil is the best, please don't ever take it off the market, I wouldn't know what to do!!"

nique669 (taken for 10 years or more) October 21, 2017

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"I started taking Amitriptyline for insomnia about one year ago. This is not the type of drug that makes you fall asleep like Lunesta or Ambien does. What it does do is help keep you asleep. I had not only insomnia, but what they call "fragmented sleep." Even if I managed to fall asleep, I was waking several times a night, about once every hour. Amitriptyline is the only drug I've ever taken that keeps me asleep. Instead of waking five or six times a night, I now wake up only once or twice. I still have to take Lunesta to fall asleep. So for insomnia I give Ami a big thumbs up. But a very bad side effect of the medication for me is rapid weight gain. I've gained about 40 pounds in a year. It makes my body cling to every calorie I eat."

Sloppy Taco October 14, 2017

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"I was prescribed Amitriptyline for insomnia after having a negative experience with taking Ambien. Ambien worked fine until its side effects kicked in then I stopped taking it because the side effects were unreasonable. Amitriptyline helped me sleep until one night I awoke to buzzing in my ears/head. From reasoning there might be lifelong buzzing in my head I discontinued the Amitriptyline. Shortly after discontinuing the buzzing went away and never returned. Bottome line: there are much better oral's to take to assist in sleeping. I feel Amitriptyline did however correct a brain imbalance that was produced by the Ambien; and I found the culprit to my insomnia: I have an adrenaline allergy, from stress, anxiety and screen-time."

   
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Bhama September 29, 2017

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"I take 50mg every night before bed to help with sleeping."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 26, 2017

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"I am a senior and was given amitriptyline for sleep. I found that 10mg was too strong and made me very groggy in the AM. Cutting the 10mg in half has worked very well for me. I only take it if I have had poor sleep 2 nights in a row,. It knocks me out for 7-8 hours."

   
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larsat (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 2, 2017

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"Started taking this to help me get off Lunesta. Taking 10mg. For me, it does NOT put me to sleep like a sleeping pill. It makes me very tired but doesn't knock me out. But, it's supposed to help with early morning awakening when you can't get back to sleep. I believe it does help with that. I find you want to take it early, like at 8:00 p.m. if you want to feel sleepy at 10:00 p.m. Also, you WILL be drowsy the next morning - another reason to take it early. I actually started taking it at 7:00 p.m. to help with the morning drowsiness. Again, the down side of this medication is that you will be very drowsy in the evening if you take it early and/or you will be drowsy in the morning!!!"

   
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SpazzyLee (taken for less than 1 month) August 21, 2017

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"I have been taking amitriptyline for about 9 years now. I always take 10 mg. I read there are people who take a very high dosage. In a high dosage it does not work for insomnia but for depression. It is better to start with 10 mg. When you start taking them you can have side effects, but these will disappear in time. When you are very busy in your head, it is possible that it won't work that night. But don't give up. I take it about 2.5 hours before going to bed. But don't use a high dosage, it won't work for your insomnia. It is an excellent pain killer as well, in a lower dosage. And with 10 mg it is very easy to stop taking it, I did that a couple of times without any problems."

   
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Dutchiedutch August 16, 2017

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"My mother is an elderly user of this Med and was sent a letter by her health insurance. The letter stated it can cause falling in ageing users."

Lil B August 16, 2017

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"10-12.5 mg for insomnia works well. I will take it earlier to avoid grogginess. It also helps with the low mood you develop when you don't sleep well."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 13, 2017

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"Helps me fall asleep but the higher mg I take the more hungover I feel the next day. 25mg works best for me and 5-6 hours sound sleep"

high mg = high hangover (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 10, 2017

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I told my doctor about my symptoms and he told me that my symptoms did not appear in his medical handbook so he disregarded my symptoms completely. He said it was mandatory for him to report any symptom not listed in his book to the proper health authorities to update the handbook. However, he didn't report the side effects that I told him about because it was "too much paperwork." Instead, he tried to convince me that it had nothing to do with Elavil and in a threatening demeanour tried to change my mind about my symptoms so that he would not be forced to do any paperwork. After reading this site on Elavil, I see the symptoms that I told my doctor about. I find that my doctor acted in an unsafe, unprofessional, and negligent manner."

   
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John AB (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 2, 2017

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"I was given 10mg Amitriptyline for insomnia, anxiety and migraines. It didn't seem to help the insomnia much, even with taking .25mg - .5mg Klonopin. So the doctor gave me 25mg Amitriptyline which I just couldn't tolerate. Gave me worse insomnia, nightmares, even some bruises and muscle spasms in my back, which I'm assuming is related to the medication. I'm going to go back down to the 10mg and see what happens. I'm so sad because I've been reading all of these great reviews, and was really hoping it would help. I'm underweight, and just very sensitive to most medicines. So I would say give it a try, since it works differently for everyone. I will update soon."

   
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sak9210 (taken for less than 1 month) July 10, 2017

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"I took Trazadone for depression and insomnia. Stopped taking it, because my weight would not go down and I was always depressed and "out of it". Started taking Amitriptyline I feel full of energy and not depressed. I also sleep better. I have lost 10 pounds since I started taking it 2 weeks ago. Everyone is different, so please consult your Doctor or Pharmacist. I take 25 mg at night."

   
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EvaMB (taken for less than 1 month) June 15, 2017

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"I was prescribed 20mg per night for insomnia , anxiety and panic attacks . After taking it for only a few days I felt 100% better . I'm sleeping so much better , no anxiety and no more panic attacks . I have a lot more energy as I'm sleeping now and feel altogether much healthier . I love it ."

   
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Anonymous June 12, 2017

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"After probably a little less than 2 weeks I started having auditory and visual hallucinations at night. It also hasn't really improved my sleep or helped my fibro pain. It has significant worsened my depression and possibly worsened my anxiety which I somewhat expected while my body adjusted to the medication change but I cannot deal with the hallucinations and am planning on changing it"

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) June 4, 2017

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"I was prescribed these for insomnia and anxiety. I've been on every anti-depressant you can think of, all with awful side effects. I do get a dry mouth, tiredness, headaches and mild anxiety with Amitryptaline, but it's much more manageable - I was suffering from daily, pretty constant anxiety before starting Amitryptaline. I'm on 30mg. My sleep is 90% better (which after 12 years of chronic insomnia is a amazing)."

   
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ShibaLover April 16, 2017

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"I suffer manor depression anxiety and insomnia. I was on trazadone 100mg, which I cut back to 50mg because it's very sedating. I switched from trazadone 50mg to amitriptyline 10mg to start 2 days ago. It is not as strong as the trazadone but does the same job, although I may need a higher dose eventually. I don't wake up as groggy as with other meds and sleep well. So far so good not many side effects but some dry mouth. But I am also switching from cipralex to Effexor so it's hard to tell which side effect is coming from which med. But I do think this med is helping for sleep and anxiety. Btw I was addicted to benzodiazepines for years so this is a good substitute for addictive meds."

   
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Christicroo (taken for less than 1 month) April 9, 2017

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"Been on it since 2008 --went through 5 days withdraw from OxyContin @ Vicodin by choice by my self in a cabin-yes I had a RX 4 both meds -I was working out of state at the time-coming home every month 4 my legal fix. I was messed up mentally and physically after I stopped taking meds. I also quit drinking and smoking cigarettes and weed. Doctor prescribed tramadol which took a month to kick in. I take 100mg 2 hours before I plan to sleep & Amitriptyline HCL 100 mg. It is best thing I ever did. I was self-medicating with the alcohol because I had insomnia ever since I was a teenager and now I am 65 years old. The cons-dry mouth in in the morning no big deal - it's worth having a good night sleep no hangover effects for me I recommend this medication thank you"

   
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Redjin 9 April 5, 2017

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"This has been a godsend for me. Years of insomnia which resulted in depression and general lack of life quality due to exhaustion. I had tried sleep clinic, hypnotherapy , meditation and other drugs - but nothing was effective. Now on 25mg initially on 125mg. The only negative is the weight gain. Initially put on 11 kg, lost 3kg but struggle to lose anymore. The sleep is worth the weight!"

   
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Lou sax (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 4, 2017

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"I have been taking 25 mg Amitriptyline for several years almost every night and really couldn't be more pleased and grateful. I call it my miracle cure for insomnia, as long as it's taken at the right time (9 pm). Too late in the evening it doesn't work very well. My initial dose of 50 mg caused too much postural syncope (dizziness upon standing). If I need to boost it, I can take 1mg melatonin, but I will have a later time to rise and a bit of a hangover. I initially took this drug for chronic dyspepsia and I suspect that routine use is keeping that at bay."

   
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Mitchsg March 22, 2017

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"I didn't have problems falling asleep, I just woke up every hour throughout the night. My Doctor noticed and recommended Amitriptyline. What a great drug. It doesn't make me sleepy, but it really helps me sleep through the night. It's not perfect, but like many folks, the stress of the day, just wouldn't stop bugging me when I was trying to sleep. I've been taking it for about three years now. I take two -10mg pills each night and really appreciate the better sleep I get. Occasionally I forget, and find myself up at midnight, 1am, 2am 3am, 4am ... It's not a great way to sleep. I haven't noticed any side effects. It doesn't make me groggy in the morning, though my Doctor said it might. It's also inexpensive and generic."

   
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Old Hat February 2, 2017

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"I don't remember since when I stated to have insomnia , usually it takes me 2+ hours to fall asleep , and I always wake up a few times at night . I tried to do excercies to make myself tired , still no improvement on my sleeping . Things even got worse recently , I went to my doctor and he put me on Amitriptyline 10mg . Omg , it work so well , the first day I took , I had slept like 10hours (was at weekend ) . I am on my third week with Amitriptyline, my doctor prescribed me only for a month , I don't know if I can sleep well without it after a month . But this medicine makes me very calm and happy everyday because I can sleep well and wake up every morning refreshed ."

   
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Colacat (taken for less than 1 month) February 2, 2017

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