User Reviews for Amitriptyline
Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip
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Reviews for Amitriptyline to treat Pain
Shelley321 (taken for less than 1 month) September 17, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
"Horrific. First thing, 1st pill, was extremely dry mouth with a dry cough that last a couple of hours. 2 day same but now accompanied with an internally anxiety accompanied by insomnia. Within a week, felt like every adverse reaction mention in pamphlet and online was applicable plus some not mentioned (dry mouth, blurred vision, centralized stomach pain/gut, constipation and blurred double vision... OH! not to mention the vivid racing dreams anytime I could fall asleep.) When I mentioned to Dr., his feeling was for me to continue meds. Issues would work themselves out within a couple weeks more. "Ok doc. I'll give it a couple of weeks more of this torture these pills have put me in." Went home and tossed them in garbage."
Amelia Rocissano (taken for less than 1 month) August 28, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
"I was recently diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the mid-upper back due to scoliosis (at age 66). I have suffered pain in both the mid to upper back as well as my lower back. A friend who recently broke her back told me I needed to ask my doctor about Elavil. I was very familiar with this drug as I took it 40 years ago for panic attacks. I was on 10 mg for 2 weeks and have now been on 25 mg for 2 weeks. My upper back pain is virtually gone and if I do have break through pain, I can usually control it with Chinese Herbal Warming gel, Biofreez and DMSO. I am sold on this medication! Not 100% pain free yet but am at last 95% pain free."
Alice0503 August 2, 2017
14 users found this comment helpful.
"Have been prescribed Amitriptyline for sun damaged nerves on my scalp start with 10mg and I was so scared to take as don't want to become dependant on them. It has helped a little and Dr wants me to increase to 20mg. I'm feeling good as sleeping better and overall feeling better but still worried of the dependency so haven't increased to 20mg."
Nanna dixy July 25, 2017
4 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking 10mg of amitriptyline in December of 2015 when I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. It takes away the constant sharp burning pain I was having along with the constant urge to urinate. Once in a while I will have a flare up of symptoms but even then my pain is very minimal. The only side effects I've noticed are that it makes me drowsy in the first few hours of taking my dose. The first month or two of taking I would experience extremely vivid nightmares, but those have subsided to simply being vivid dreams some of the time. I've also noticed that if I forget to take it one night I have difficulty falling asleep, and some anxiety similar to the feeling of drinking a little too much coffee, which is tolerable."
Julia M (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 2, 2017
22 users found this comment helpful.
"I am diabetic 2 so I take bout ten diff meds for pain to joint pains back pain..then you get sick from all side effects..well I take amitriptyline for pain and does help me sleep at night better more then anything,,I have lost some weight but doesn't do a lot for pain for me..."
robbvan54 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 1, 2017
7 users found this comment helpful.
"Started taking 10mg at night, around 7pm. After two weeks I began taking 20mg, this knocked me out and I took a long time the next day to recoverm. I spoke to my GP who suggested that I take 10mg only for another 2 weeks.Then I started taking 20mg around 3pm.This works fine. Along with Physiotherapy, my back pain level has reduced from 10 to around 4. So keep trying them until you find the dose that suits you. It is now time to wean myself off them. GP suggests that I go back to 10mg, and then after 2 weeks reduce to 10mg every other day, until you are off, this takes around a month. Good luck all, with your pain management."
1234567allgoodchildrengotoheav June 27, 2017
21 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been on these meds for just over 2 weeks for nerve pain they don't help me sleep I'm on 10 mg a day and I can't seem to control my self tearful constant hunger I'm just horrible to every one and really don't care I think I might stop them as I don't like who I'm changing into ,very low moods ."
Lilyalan (taken for less than 1 month) June 25, 2017
18 users found this comment helpful.
"So you live in horrible pain and I was since 1988. Since 1988! 29 years of agony. Endless worthless 'specialists'. I cannot tell you this unless the 'broken neck' ( as I call it, that's how it felt). I need you to understand how it was. I would have chose cancer over this endless pain. I read about aimtrip for pain. I said let's try amitriptyline. Quietly and without fanfare, this drug came to me. My pain is completely gone. If you have endless pain, ask your doctor to give you this drug."
bootcampjoe (taken for less than 1 month) June 17, 2017
55 users found this comment helpful.
Elavil (amitriptyline): "I was given this medication to help my daily chronic headaches. Started it a little over a month ago. Three days in I had one of the worst headaches ever. After that the headaches started to diminish. I now have weakness and loss of feeling in my hands arms and legs and feet, seizure activity, confusion, and sleeping all the time. I don't feel like myself and I'm super miserable all the time. Dr doesn't want to take me off this medication but I cannot live life like this. I don't recommend this medication."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 4, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
"After 12 years on T3's twice a day so I can walk with less pain following broken back caused by drunk driver, I am starting to see the light (not that one!). I am really noticing a big pain difference and am even skipping T3 doses (unheard of)! I am elated, hoping Doc will be too. I am even noticing that I am not hungry and have stopped eating regularly scheduled meals until I am. Maybe I'll drop a few pounds too! Love & Light, Rev T."
Rev T (taken for less than 1 month) April 13, 2017
48 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed Amitriptyline 10mg nightly for nerve pain. I have had spinal surgery involving a C5/6 discectomy, while C4/5 and C6/7 are prolapsed. With the C6/7 prolapse worsening the pain through my neck, upper back, shoulder and arm was becoming unbearable. Although the initial pain at the C6/7 disc site has not completely gone (due to the disc nearing surgery stage) I have found it gave me great relief from my peripheral pain allowing me to get some sleep. The side effects in the first few days was a bit of confusion, felt a bit dizzy and tired, my husband saw me through the first couple of days, it was worth it. I have had cortisones and am now coming off all tablets. Headaches, but not bad."
DKNY (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 10, 2017
46 users found this comment helpful.
"I have had chronic pain since I was about 11 yrs old, I'm 43 now, due to a genetic blood disease. It's caused arthritis that's led to neuropathy, spine degeneration, and many damaged joints. I have been taking toradol and gabapentin for nerve pain for almost 3 years. Recently a bleed in my feet caused extensive nerve damage that would make my feet burn at night. My doctor added 50 mg of Elavil to my bedtime meds and after 6 weeks I notice a significant improvement. It has been 3 months and 90% of my foot pain and numbness is gone. I have also noticed an overall improvement in my face pain and back pain. I am lucky enough to not have any notable side effects."
Sweetypie991 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 18, 2017
45 users found this comment helpful.
"Upped dose from 5mg to 10mg and again was scared. Still no signs of pain relief but it has only been about 6 days since starting. As for side effects - a bit of a dry mouth and slight grogginess for an hour. Nothing that I can't deal with. The dry mouth only lasts for ten minutes. Not sure what If I will have to increase dose but so far so good."
Dawks (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2017
44 users found this comment helpful.
"I am a hospice nurse who have tried Amitriptyline with my patients for nerve pain, usually they will know if it will help in few days to week and much lower doses than Gabapentin/Neurontin that takes many weeks to obtain blood levels and very high doses. I definitely think it is worth the try to control nerve pain, but it does not work for everybody. K"
Anonymous March 1, 2017
74 users found this comment helpful.
"Scared to death of taking it but broke tabs in half to 5mg in order to increase dose slowly. I have developed a bit of chronic tooth pain so taking it for pain. Took it at 7 pm and felt mildly sedated by 11pm. Actually didn't sleep well but I think I was on high alert for the side effects which didn't happen. A bit groggy in morning but nothing special that I can't deal with. I think the way to go is to build up if you are scared of meds like me. I wrote this to encourage others to try the medicine because I am as scared as anyone to take drugs like this. I"
Dawks February 26, 2017
103 users found this comment helpful.
"I suffered a blown disk in my back partially crushing my spinal cord after months of pain after op that was not that successful. My leg still had jumping nerve pain if you put your hand on my lower leg you can feel a can of worms jumping which was just my nerves. After many combinations of drugs my doc put me on Endep. I needed 150mg for my brain to stop feeling this nerve pain. I have been on it for 7 years dropped to 100mg now. I have tried to lower dose on many occasions though pain breaks through so 100mg it is for me. Still get some pain at times and if you put your hand on my leg it jumps around like crazy but I don't feel it great drug at the right dose"
Debbie Barton 61 February 20, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been taking the tablets now for 3 weeks and felt no relief from pain after shoulder operation. I still take tramadol along with these tablets. My doctor doesnt think i need to be refered back to the specialist so just stuck with the constant pain... Happy days !!!"
Nalatenrab (taken for less than 1 month) February 17, 2017
17 users found this comment helpful.
"I have suffered with post surgery (heart valve replacement) nerve pain for over a year. Nothing helped I have only been on this drug for 10 days and I can sleep and I'm also beginning to feel better. I am hoping as time goes on over the next 2 weeks I will see more improvement."
carol226 February 14, 2017
31 users found this comment helpful.
"After 16 years of back pain I've had every medication and treatment possible - even holistic and NOTHING has worked. I am three weeks into taking 20mg of this and already feel blessed! Pain almost gone, head feels happier and feel positive I can get back to keeping fit at last! Amen to Amitriptyline !"
Lush lad February 8, 2017
116 users found this comment helpful.
"I had an accident at work 5 years ago. This has caused mid-lower back pain and sciatica on and off for several years. Over time the injury has got worse. The pain is now also radiating into my groin area. I take co-codomal 60/1000mg 4 times a day, 500mg naproxen twice daily and now on 30mg of amitriptyline at night after the other medications weren't working. The pain hasn't gone but it is bearable. On bad days I was unable to walk. Since starting the amitriptyline, I have had a couple of side effects. Dry mouth and tiredness in the day (however this has got better over time). My quality of life has significantly improved and I can live with the side affects."
Chronic back pain and sciatica February 7, 2017
82 users found this comment helpful.
"I was diagnosed with severe anterior bridging endophytis as well as facet joint arthropathy and some nuchal ossification in my cervical spine. Basically, my neck is fairly solid and I suffer intense pain shocks when lying down at night. The result was that I suffered from intense sleep deprivation and pain. I now take 10mg Amitriptyline. The result? Solid sleep every night, recovered energy levels and the large black bags beneath my eyes have dissipated. I used to wake up a couple of times each night to urinate, but now sleep for minimum 8 hours and usually awake bursting for the toilet!"
SteveDee February 6, 2017
70 users found this comment helpful.
"3 years of Chronic Pain Syndrome brought on by total knee replacement that doesn't work now. Still in severe pain have tried many medications for the nerve pain in knee, hip, back, leg. The Amitriptyline is the only medication that has helped me sleep at night. BUT....I had four migraines in one week while using the medication and it makes food, water, soda all taste bitter bad. Don't know what to do as it works but can't live with that many migraines. Usually one 1 migraine a month if that. So not taking it now. Any suggestions?"
RosieI'mNot January 19, 2017
30 users found this comment helpful.
"Took it for burning nerve pain - reached 50 mg (after 5 weeks). Did absolutely nothing - at the end even did not help with sleep."
Marta1973 January 2, 2017
26 users found this comment helpful.
"Sleepy like a baby! Two days into taking it for my endometrosis pain. Doc said to start with 10mgs at first which does seem to knock me out. I take Citalapram too, but this is for that midnight pain and excruciating pain in the early hours. It's swings and roundabouts as each person reacts so differently to drugs. This for me is a 10 out of 10."
Wilma225 (taken for less than 1 month) December 9, 2016
66 users found this comment helpful.
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