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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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7.8/10 Average Rating
289 Ratings with 274 User Reviews

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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Migraine Prevention

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"I was prescribed 10 mg at bedtime for horrible neck pain and migraines. I was told it would also help my anxiety which could lessen my migraines as well. I took ONLY 5 Mg (half of a pill) before bed and it was very hard for me to wake up in the morning. I felt very drowsy and I kept feeling like passing out on and off and it would happen suddenly and last a few seconds. It also made my hands feel very weak and I felt not myself at all which worsened my anxiety. If only 5mg did this I wonder what would have happened if I took the whole dose. I am home alone with my toddlers all day and I do not recommend anyone who is home alone with young kids to try this."

   
2.0

User (taken for less than 1 month) June 13, 2018

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"Amitriptyline has been great! I averaged 4-5 migraine days a week, 1-2 of which were debilitating. I still have 1-2 migraine days a week (ocular and headache), but they are easily treated with a combination of caffeine, 500mg Tylenol, and water. I take 25mg every night and sleep for a solid 8-9 hours! This is vastly different from my previous 4-6 hours a night. I am a bit groggy when I first wake up, but a cup of black tea helps with that. The downsides are lifestyle-related. I no longer consume alcohol (as is recommended with this pharmaceutical), which is disappointing. I miss having a nice glass of wine every now and then! I also miss being a morning person. It takes me a while to pull myself together now. The first week was by far the hardest."

   
9.0

admcarth (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 31, 2018

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"anitriptyline changed my life! I had been dealing with severe, consistent cluster headaches upon waking about 4-5 days a week, dating all the way back to my middle school years. I started at 10mg, gradually moved up over time & am currently at 25mg. I will still get the occasional headache here & there (few times a month), but they are now quickly handled with OTC pain relievers. This pill is not reactive but instead proactive, it does not just mask symptoms but truly stops headaches in their tracks. Which is what makes this medicine so great!"

   
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Mjm (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 22, 2018

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"I started Amitriptyline over a year ago. I started at 25mg progressed up 75mg it has helped me a lot. I can sleep at night now. The pressure in my head has not totally gone away at times, but It is an amazing drug for me. It has helped me a lot and I would recommend taking it for over 2 weeks before deciding it is not working. It took time to start feeling a difference but I am not one who likes medication. This one ,after trying so many other drugs, is the first one that actually worked for me. I never want to stop if it means the migraines and head pressure and severe vertigo will come back.."

   
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Mary Taylor (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 12, 2018

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"Hasn't reduced the frequency of migraines but has drastically reduced the severity. Most of the migraines I get now are mild."

   
8.0

anon38934 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 6, 2018

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"Prior to treatment, I had at least 10 headaches per month, severity 7-10. After treatment, I now have about 5 per month, severity 1-3. I started at 10mg per day (night) increasing by 10mg per day, weekly. I am now up to 50mg per day working toward 100mg. Side effects - wild dreaming at night, dry mouth, sleepiness after taking, much calmer. No idea as to how long I will need to stay on the drug...I hate taking drugs."

   
9.0

Gordo (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 2, 2018

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"I was prescribed this about a month ago. I was missing days to weeks of school because of how severe my migraines are. After about two weeks of taking this every night, I saw improvement. My migraines got less severe and turned into your usual headache. But, I still get headaches daily and a really bad migraine every other week."

   
4.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 20, 2018

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"Been on this medication 12.5mg (half tablet) at night for about 50 days. I was getting headaches every 4 out of 5 days, taking neurofen and panadol in high doses each day. I still get headaches, but not nearly as often or as painful. It does make you drowsy the next day, but not as bad as other migraine medications do. I will continue taking it. I stick to my prescribed dose, even though the docs said I could increase it."

   
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Daren M February 17, 2018

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"Suffered headaches that transformed into hemiplegic / complex/ horrific migraines, that didn't allow me to function AT ALL. Lost my career, my social life, this went on for 10 years. Finally was prescribed elavil..25 mg and it has all but eliminated migraines, it helps insomnia, and arthritis pain. I've been on it for over a year now. Yesterday I felt a migraine breaking thru...it did ..this is about the 3rd in a year that has me not functioning, needing to lie and rest, but, given how I was...my life is 98% improved."

   
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Guitaress February 16, 2018

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"My husband was prescribed this medication for headaches on 12/11/17. He is 79 years old. For one week he took 25mg. The second week he took 50mg. The third week he was up to 75mg. That was when he suddenly could not stand or walk. During the next couple weeks he lost control of his hands and lost the ability to control any movements. He had multiple falls and was hallucinating. Off the drug for a week and slowly getting back to normal. Do not take this medication."

Prescribed for headaches. (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 3, 2018

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"This drug did nothing to improve my migraines and trying to come off it has made them MUCH worse. Google “coming off Amitriptiline”. This is a TREMENDOUSLY addictive drug with horrible long term side effects, sometimes lasting YEARS after discontinuing it."

   
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Thisdrugsucks January 30, 2018

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"b've Been on Elavil for the past 10 years ,it was a life changer for me, 25 mg a day I take it at breakfast in the morning, migraines are now a thing of the passed. I still get the occasional headache but with a few over the counter pills 30 mins later its all gone ."

   
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Fab63 January 29, 2018

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"Reduces the severity of migraines but not the frequency. I still get them but they are very mild. No more severe migraines. This has been life changing."

   
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anon290434 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 24, 2018

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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."

   
7.0

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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