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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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7.8/10 Average Rating

159 Ratings with 156 User Reviews

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"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."

   
9.0

Rev T (taken for less than 1 month) April 13, 2017

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"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."

   
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DKNY (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 10, 2017

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"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."

   
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Sweetypie991 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 18, 2017

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"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."

   
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Dawks (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2017

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"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

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"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"

   
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Dawks February 26, 2017

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"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"

   
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Debbie Barton 61 February 20, 2017

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"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 !!!"

   
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Nalatenrab (taken for less than 1 month) February 17, 2017

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"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."

   
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carol226 February 14, 2017

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"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

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"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."

   
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Chronic back pain and sciatica February 7, 2017

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"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!"

   
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SteveDee February 6, 2017

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"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?"

   
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RosieI'mNot January 19, 2017

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"Took it for burning nerve pain - reached 50 mg (after 5 weeks). Did absolutely nothing - at the end even did not help with sleep."

   
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Marta1973 January 2, 2017

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"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."

   
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Wilma225 (taken for less than 1 month) December 9, 2016

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"I have severe pain due to a deteriorating ankle joint. I had great difficulty sleeping at night with the pain associated. I take a 25 mg tablet at bedtime and not only does it help me sleep it stops those painful leg jerks that would make my ankle react in painful spasms. It is an absolute wonderful drug for stopping the night pain."

   
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SillySonie (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 9, 2016

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"I was prescribed 10mg amitryptiline for Endometriosis - for cramps I was getting that would radiate up my back. Coupled with surgery, amitryptiline has been life changing for me. I still have to take it around 7pm so I don't feel too groggy in the morning but I would rather have a good nights sleep and feel a bit tired in the morning than stay up all night in pain."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 12, 2016

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"Hello everyone.I was prescribed this medication,for neuropathic pain,widespread head to toe muscle and skin pain( allodynia),and vulvodynia this medication did nothing to ease my pain it just made me feel horrible, my hands and feet was burning with pain just as bad as before the medication and remained as sick as i was had disturbing nightmares with it every single night, and daytime fatigue,then was prescribed Imipramine 50mg similar medication also a tricyclic, and Wow did it take a lot of my pain away..feeling like a human again,also i sleep like a baby without having to worry about nightmares,and my bladder burning pain and urgency completely diminished.I highly advise anyone with severe pain to try Imipramine.It saved my life big time"

   
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Lolita89 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 9, 2016

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"I have had Chronic Pain for over 13 years, as a result of a head-on MVA (other driver was impaired) 33 years ago. The impact caused several injuries, but my broken knee and Fibula, were the worst. I had several surgeries, that kept me pain free and active until a TKR was required. Due to my age, it was put off, & though the surgery went well, it was put off to long and triggered Chronic Pain. I take Morphine 60 mg. x3/daily, which helps me function. Recently, the doctor put me on Amytriptyline 25mg x3/nightly. I have cut back to one, as it is very difficult for me to wake up in the morning, no matter how early I take it the night before. It does help with the pain though, and I do sleep much better!"

   
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CraftyCanuck (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 26, 2016

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"Developed a prolapsed disk during pregnancy which caused burning/throbbing sciatica all down right leg. I could only sleep for a maximum of two hours at night before the pain woke me up and it was also pretty grim throughout the day. Worked my way up to 20mg of Amitriptyline (5mg more every few days) and found that after several weeks the pain had reduced greatly. After a few months tried reducing dose to 15mg (due to side effects of tiredness and feeling groggy in the morning) but the pain returned so increased dose back to 20mg and pain has gone again. This drug might not suit everyone but for me the benefits of this medication definitely outweigh the side effects and I shall be continuing to take it."

   
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Lulu - UK October 23, 2016

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Elavil (amitriptyline): "I have been on multiple medications for the burning and tingling and shooting pains in lower legs. Finally have found the most rewarding relief. I seen a endoctronologist and she ordered a nutriotional drug called Metanex. I take 1 capsule twice a day and the Elavil 50 mg at bedtime. I give thanks to God and that's it. unbelievable relief in the symptoms I have suffered with for over a year. anyone with these symptoms should look into getting there Dr to order the Metanex for them in conjunction with the Elavil."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 19, 2016

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"Was given this medication after being diagnosed with herniated disks in the cervical spine. For years before I tried all kinds of pain medication with no relief at all. Amitriptyline did what none of them did."

   
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Gonzmar6 (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 29, 2016

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"I have a herniated and degenerated disc, sacrum joint disfunction and piriformis syndrome. It was very disabling, unable to get about, get dressed the pain was 10/10 had to crawl while being pregnant. If I did a lot of activities pain was on its way. Popped pain relief did physio, went to gym, good diet, Tens machine. Nothing really worked apart from being in bed for 3 days till pain eased. I have 3 kids and really thought my life was going to be living in chronic pain. I was prescribed amitriptyline for headaches. Any-way I asked my Dr for these meds for my back, so she agreed. Well I have a new lease of life! I still get stiff and have to re-crunch (set) my back but haven't been a day in bed since starting them this year I take 20mg."

   
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Fit mum September 14, 2016

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"I have 2 grandkids I watch. All that I want to do is sleep can't stay awake feel groggy all the time and still have pain maybe it's not for me so I see the doctor on the 19 th to see what else is out there and I am not going to put my grandkids in danger of me sleeping all the time"

Kahos September 14, 2016

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"I have had Neuropathy in my feet for over 15 years. I take 10mg a day and my feet do not bother me. Without the drug I get a pins and needles or pain feeling in my feet. The Neuropathy preceded a Diabetes diagnosis by about 10 years. It is one of my meds that I can feel if I forget to take it. To date I don't think I have seen a side effect."

   
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Jan456 August 19, 2016

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