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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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"Having regular chronic migraine vertigo for over 18 months the and have regular BOTOX every 12 weeks however the last 3 weeks I have had a constant headache and migraine everyday 24 hours a day having to take pain meds constantly I went to my gp who advised to take amitriptyline 10mg at night I take this at 5pm and have had hardly any side effect migraine and headache was reduced by 50% by day 5 continued at 10mg but still didn't stop my head ache completely. After 10 days I increased my dose to 20mg taking this at about 5pm and wow my headache are nearly gone slight pains but don't need to take any pains meds I really believe this drug is working so give it a go"

   
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Twin g (taken for less than 1 month) January 9, 2018

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"I have had good results with this drug helping to reduce my migraines and headaches. I started at 10mg a week, going up every week 10 mg. I noticed immediately week 1, the severity was lessened, and less need for pain medication. The reduction of headaches has been 5 of 7 days no Advil or Tylenol w/codeine needed by week 4. This is a great result considering in the last 6 months I’ve had only a handful of days w/o these. Often 1-2x a week I have needed maxalt/Rizatriptan. I’m going up to 50mg next week and already have great results. Maybe next week I’ll have zero headaches. My only symptom had been dry mouth, severe enough I purchased biotene. That was effective. No notable change at all in my mood or disposition."

   
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CanadianMum December 29, 2017

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"I've been on this for about a month. I was tolerating 10 mg well so went up to 20 mg. I still got my monthly migraine (I get a severe migraine every month) but it was very mild compared to what I would usually get...which could be the meds working? Not so sure about the 20 mg dose it makes me feel tired/weird. I'm sleeping a bit better though like it isn't taking as long to fall asleep. Early days but we will see. So far it's looking promising."

   
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Anon43534 (taken for less than 1 month) December 27, 2017

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"I have suffered with chronic daily tension headaches for most of my life with a full blown migraine about twice yearly. For me, the daily headaches had become a routine form of torture that I had accepted. As a nurse, I avoided talking to the doctor because I knew a lot of the prophylactic meds were antidepressants or anti seizure meds and I just didn't want to take those types of meds. As my headaches increased to about 5 days per week, I finally decided to get on a new med. I have been on eleavil 12.5mg nightly for 2 weeks. I have not had a single headache and I am beyond thrilled. I have never posted on a blog like this before, but I am so excited about the results I just had to share. As for side effects, I have not had any thus far."

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) November 30, 2017

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"Worst experience I’ve ever had on meds. The first 3 days of taking it I was a complete zombie. No exaggeration, I did not talk for an entire weekend. It basically just turned my brain off. I had no interest in saying or doing anything. Once that wore off, the worse side effects trickled in. I started feeling weak and tingling everywhere. This got worse to the point where my husband and I had to walk out of a restaurant because of the symptoms. the tingling got so bad that I thought I was either having a stroke or entering Paralysis. Stopped the meds and all symptoms went away almost instantly. It did help my migraines but frankly I’m used to dealing/managing/living with those so I’d rather have them than than these awful side effects!"

   
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Andkap21 November 30, 2017

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"I don't know where to start. For two years I have had sleep issues because of anxiety and panic attacks. My sleep quality was non existant. Insomnia, restless legs, aches, tension headaches because of it. Everything is a struggle when you can't sleep, especially for long periods of time. This medication was prescribed for migraines and at 10mg it has changed everything!! It doesn't make me drowsy but when I sleep it's such a deep sleep. I literally go to sleep and wake up on my alarm!! It's bliss. I do have some side effects, migraines, dizziness and dry mouth but in comparison it's 10 fold better."

   
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TDEvans21 (taken for less than 1 month) November 19, 2017

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"I've suffered from cluster tension headaches and migraines for years. My doctor prescribed me different kinds of things to deal with the pain, tramadol, codeine, diazepam and shots of voltaren, diclofenac and various other muscle relaxants.He then referred me to a psychiatrist to see if there was another cause for my headaches, as I suffer from serious anxiety problems. The psych. thought it would be a good idea to run me through a gauntlet of antidepressants (sertraline, and venlafaxine to name a couple) none of which helped. He then tried me on Amitriptyline, which didn't really help me, but did make me gain weight, and feel extremely nauseous. Mirtazipine has helped me a lot better used with Temazepam at night and Clonazepam in the day"

   
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Mel.S. November 11, 2017

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"I have migraines for the past 6 years and finally found amytriptlyne 2 years ago. 90% pain relieve. But now all of sudden as Summer sets in as usual every year it becomes more frequent and more painful. I am on 25 mg. But I wonder if I can just double my dosage. Also being in the sun just a few minutes sets off headaches sometimes migraines. Am just tired of feeling sick all the time."

   
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djmeyer November 7, 2017

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"My Neuro prescribed Amitryptyline for anxiety, he said. Because he felt that anxiety was a contributing factor to my cluster headaches that never seem to stop. I have tremendous thirst with it. The only thing that seems to fix the thirst is 7up. So I drink a bottle or 2 a day. Too much sugar and now I get diarrhea---the worst kind---up to 5 or 6 times a day. But I noticed my headaches weren't appearing....until the weather changed and rain came. I have been down all day. Not in excruciating pain tho like usual. Cut my pills in half and the thirst issue is better. Less 7up. Still diarrhea though (today was 3x). Been on it (Ami) for 7 weeks. 3 doctors I have consulted have said diarrhea is not really a side effect of this med."

   
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MichelleP12 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 7, 2017

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"I've been on amitriptyline for one month now; it was given to me for migraine prevention and insomnia. After the first few weeks, I filtered out the adjustment side effects and looked at what was left. It didn't prevent migraines, it just delayed them. Hit a trigger, get a quick pain blast, a tingle, and the migraine would set in a few hours later. 31 days, 16 with migraines. A sleep efficiency of 52%, almost never in blocks lasting an hour, averaging just over 4 hours per night. Raised blood pressure. Toward the end, walking black outs. In the 3rd week, starting having constant paranoia. The blackouts did it, though. I see the neurologist tomorrow and ask to be taken off; I'm worse on it than I was without it."

   
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Squirrelyone (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 6, 2017

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"It didn’t work for me so I’m giving it a one. No terrible side effects except I was really tired in the mornings. I took it at night."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 19, 2017

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"I started taking Amitriptyline 10mg for insomnia, but I also suffer from hormonal migraines. After 4 weeks, I got through my migraine week without migraines! As for the insomnia, still need Klonopin to fall asleep, but the Ami seems to help me go back to sleep when I wake up. So I'm going to stick with this for a while to see if it continues to keep the migraines away. At first I had milder headaches and would take Excedrin, so give it a few weeks to work. It doesn't do anything for my anxiety and moods."

sak9210 (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 9, 2017

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"My first migraine came at 16 years of age. Extreme headache pain, optical halos that would move over my eyes for 45 minutes, vomiting, serious aversion to light and smell. At age 32 the migraine events became a daily experience. My doctor prescribed 25 mg of Amitriptyline at bedtime. The headaches disappeared and very rarely does one break through. However, when it does breakthrough all I get is the optical side of the headache which lasts 45 mins. I have tried to wean myself off the medication but after a week the headaches start again. Today I have been on the medication for 29 years and I am very happy that this low dosage of this drug allows me the ability to have a great life, free of that horrible pain and suffering"

   
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Debbie333 September 27, 2017

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"Suffered migraines for over 15 years average 2-3 a month 10/10 pain vomiting, sweats the absolute worse and headaches on daily basis 7/10 pain. I've been on 50mg endep for 4 years. Migraines are not as severe but still get a least once a month. Headaches still a daily problem. I'm now taking inderal 40mg with endep 50mg it's been 9 days and so far no headaches. I'll write a review after a few months. Hopefully good news finally"

Abj2278 September 18, 2017

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"Hi. I suffered with constant dizziness every day to some degree for at least 5 years. Seen neurologists, had brain scans and tried various drugs. The last neurologist said it could be a type of migraine but I am not convinced (every day for 5 years)? It is ruining my life. I can't make plans, drive, look after grandkids, just stuck indoors. Just started taking 10mg of Amitripyline and am worried that one of the side effects is dizziness! I will give it a good try because I am at a loss as to where to go from here. Anybody else taken this drug for dizziness? how did it work for you??"

Anonymous September 8, 2017

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"I started having head pains on the right side of my head/neck/eye after the loss of a loved one. Sharp pains and long lasting dull ache on the right side wouldn't go away, sometimes numbness etc. And for about a year I went through EVERY type of Dr & test possible. Long story short and two MRI's later (all came back normal). I was no closer to ridding myself of these pains. I found a new Dr who put me on Elavil (25mg) and I can say after 3 months my head pains are reduced 85%. I have pain free days now! It took about 2 months to work in my case. Tiredness is a side effect but mine went away after a few weeks. This med has given me hope. I hope if you're having these problems you will give it a chance to work..."

   
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BunnyBuelle September 2, 2017

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"I've had Migraines for 40 yrs. I take Topamax 200mg2x/ day. I added Ami about 4 months ago, it has drastically reduced my Migraines. I had surgery, that interfered with sleep. This was my cure drug, except for the WGT gain I experienced.a wonderful combination w Topamax, n triptans."

   
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Cobber3 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 27, 2017

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"This medication made me not want to get out of bed. It was difficult to get up in the morning and I felt tired and unmotivated. It was a relief when I stopped after trying it for 3 months. I still had migraines."

   
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Anonymous July 26, 2017

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"I was so excited for the first two months. Two 10mg tabs before bed with my Prozac (which is also supposed to help my migraines) and month three they are back and worse than ever. I take relpax for migraine as needed but cannot take more than 8 a month. I'm already at 11. It's the only thing that helps. I do love the sleep from elavil though, just haven't found help with migraines"

   
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Msghu July 23, 2017

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"Suffered migraines for 30+ years. Lots of things trigger my migraine ( broken sleep, insomnia, having the slightest headache before going to bed, heat....I could go on!!)For the last 8 years I have been taking Sumatriptan with great success. I suffer migraines 5 times a week and the doctor was worried that I was taking Sumatriptan too often. He suggested amitriptyline. The migraines have decreased by 75%. I take 10mg of amitriptyline an hour before I go to bed and I must say I am very impressed."

   
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Mamalogie (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 5, 2017

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"I had migraines for 11+ years. It took probably 7 years to finally find sumatriptan for abortion of acute attack which would happen 2-6 times a week. I would react to weather, stress, lack of sleep, 3-d movies... u name it. Once I started PA school due to stress migraines became almost daily thing and it would debilitate my life and studying to the point I couldn't not stand anymore. Since I have insomnia for many years Amitryptiline sounded superior to other options and I started taking 10 mg before going to sleep. It's my week 3 with all possible triggers and absolutely zero migraines! I am so happy I cant even believe it worked so well. I only had one small headache ( which used to be often too). And I definitely fall asleep better !"

   
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Silvertoy1 June 21, 2017

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"For 10 years I've had the most severe chronic Hemiplegic and classic migraines. The condition robbed my life. I tried Topamax, Effexor, but they were awful. I felt worse. Then I took this and the effect was immediate. My years of pain, gone...migraines attacks, down 95%. I swear by it."

IndigoReb (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 17, 2017

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"Wanted to share this with everyone. I was given this mediation 6 years ago. I had a lot of problems like fibromyalgia, migraines, depression, insomnia, IBS -C. I was taken a lot of different meds for all these problems, but nothing worked. When I was first put on this medication at 25mg I could sleep for the first time in years. I was waking up on the morning refreshed and happy. I noticed about 6 months later my migraines were not as often as I normally would have them. As time went on I needed my meds to be increased. I now take 150mg. This drug is a life saver. My fibromyalgia pain is less, migraines less, anxiety way less and it also improved my IBS C symptoms. I would recommend this Medication to anyone with any of these problem"

   
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Dolphinlver June 13, 2017

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"Hi, I am sharing my opinion with maximum respect to all readers and based only on my own experience. I've had migraine almost all my life. I am 44. My migraine was 50% pain and 50% mood change (which was terrible or even worse than the pain). This has been deeply affecting my quality of life, my relations (mood changes) and also at work. The last neurologist I visited put me on Amitriptyline 25mg. The medicine helped a bit reducing the frequency of the migraines. However migraines came back and the last attack lasted for 3 weeks. He changed the dose to 50 mg. I am now 71 days without migraine and still counting. I am a new person and I wish my comment may help others."

   
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PedroSG May 22, 2017

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"I have been talking amitriptyaline for migraine prevention for the past year and it has completely improved the quality of my life! "

   
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Sirius111111 May 16, 2017

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