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User Reviews for Amitriptyline

Also known as: Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip

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Summary of Amitriptyline reviews 755 reviews 8.3

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Elavil (amitriptyline) for Interstitial Cystitis: "Unfortunately this medication had a very negative effect on me. I was supposed to take it for occasional nerve zaps that I get from having IC. When I took it, it didn't take the pain away. Instead it changed it into a CONSTANT burning pain which is way worse than the previous zaps. I stopped taking it, and although I was on a low dose 25mg a night, I got horrible withdrawal symptoms and am still dealing with panic attacks upon waking up. I know this drug has been a godsend for some people, but please be careful because it has the potential to make things way worse."

   
1.0

Adre6918 (taken for less than 1 month) August 26, 2016

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For Insomnia: "To me amptripline is a miracle, for me i would not sleep after detoxing off tramadol an Loratabs an menopause .the first pill was 50 mg worked fine then after a year I went on 100 mg .it is a calming drug an I don't have anxiety. .i go some times without but after 3days I'm back not sleeping .take one pill an im like a normal petson so calm."

   
10

ms.shirley (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 24, 2016

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For Depression: "Been on the drug for 45 years. I have tried several other ones but had no relief. I hate the cholinergic side effects, dry mouth, rapid heart rate, dry eyes and constipation. Every time I try to progressively wean off I get sick as a dog. Still, this drug has probably saved my life."

Ranta (taken for 10 years or more) August 21, 2016

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For Insomnia: "Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, not an hypnotic. It causes significant orthostatic hypotension, so when getting up in the middle of the night for a bathroom trip, it is a common cause of hip fracture in the elderly. One should have a cardiology work-up before starting, and since it passes through the liver, is hepatotoxic. When used for "sleep" - it generally is given in lower doses than when treating depression. Is is a common agent for overdosing, not necessarily for the patient, but for grandchildren who grab Granny's meds. Since hypnotics are not recommended for use beyond 30 days, it is a very bad choice. As off-label, there are medico-legal consequences for the prescriber with untoward events"

Dr MJP August 20, 2016

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For Pain: "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."

   
10

Jan456 August 19, 2016

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For Depression: "Im a 58 year old male. Ive had depression problems for most of my life. I have a normal home life and am a fairly normal person. Ive had doctors give me probably 100s of different meds to combat depression. I have educated myself on how to deal with the symtoms . Every doctor i have seen for this always told me that i just need to find the right medication and they were right. Its taken years but amitriptiline has changed my life. Im amazed the difference it has made. My thinking is clear and my mood stable. I believe if i had this medication early in my life many things would be different . finding the right med is everything.. Good luck."

   
9.0

ailiff August 18, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "It makes me drowsy, so take it at night but this is the only thing that has worked. I had dry mouth but i was temporary."

   
8.0

ChristianK94 August 16, 2016

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For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "I've been in law enforcement for almost 24 years. I've sustained two broken hips, dislocated SI joint, 8 concussions, and numerous stab and knife wounds. I've been given Amitriptyline before, with no help for PTSD. On June 16, 2015 I received my 8th concussion. My PTSD intensified as this injury is a severe one, and I was given klonapin for PTSD as the Amitriptyline did nothing. Since then, I've been on both as I required surgery to remove two nerves in my neck as well as surgery to remove scar tissue from my spine. At 50mg, the Amitriptyline has done nothing for PTSD, but works for the remining nerve pain pain, though no help in sleeping."

   
5.0

BruceWayneofGotham (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 16, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "Never improved symptoms...."

   
1.0

Maura Z (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 15, 2016

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For Depression: "When I was about 15, I started getting these feelings of what I can only explain as "An Impending Doom." I wasn't sad, but whenever I tried to do something that I thought was fun, my whole brain started to freak out and all I wanted to do was shut down. There was nothing I could do about it. Apparently, this sort of thing happened to most of the people in my family and on my mothers side. So, I talked to my doctor and he said it sounded like a chemical imbalance, seeing as I wasn't sad about anything and I was healthy, so he asked me to try Amitriptyline. Once I started it, all of my symptoms basically vanished and after 2 years I've fully adjusted to it's affects on my body."

   
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Matt Dobbs August 15, 2016

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For Insomnia: "This medication helps me sleep all night. It is the best sleep medication I have ever taken."

   
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MJ - August 12, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "I'd had a bad experience trying an SSRI for anxiety (made me feel very ill!) so I tried 10mg of amitriptilyne every night. I didn't think 10mg would do much for me but it's incredible how it's worked. It worked straight away in relaxing me and although groggy, I now have no anxiety! I feel like my old self again. The doctor said this isn't possible as it's not a high enough dose but it's worked for me so I'm going to carry on. I do wonder if all I needed was more sleep but whatever it is, it's worked for me. I do plan on increasing the dosage as recommended by my doctor but after 20mg I felt extremely tired so I think I tried it too soon. I've been on it just over a month now so maybe I'll try again now."

   
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ozzy80 August 11, 2016

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Endep (amitriptyline) for Pain: "I've been taking 10mg Endep for 2 weeks for bladder pain. I may have a mild case of interstitial cystitis but I haven't been officially diagnosed yet. I have found it has worked really well with the pain. I went from being in pain all the time to only a couple of times and it's been manageable. I have dry mouth and an increased appetite from Endep but the worst side effect is constant drowsiness and a general feeling of being drugged up."

   
8.0

Hkfygcjb August 10, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I had a bowel moment problem since I was child .in early stage the bowel moment was less after some yrs it increased and with pain also. I use to feel uncomfortable due to it.in 2012 I did suffered from tuberculosis and then medicine were starter my bowel moment went normal and pain also disappeared for next one year.I did recovered from tuberculosis in 4 months but I did continued the medicine for 6 months. I have a gut feeling that tuberculosis medicines can overcome bowel and pain problem. Need a doctor who can start a research on this and let us know which is that medicine which was helpful to stop the IBS problem from the given medicine of tuberculosis."

Vishmean August 7, 2016

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Endep (amitriptyline) for Depression: "i use endep for 14 years for my depresion it is very good for me i take 100 mg every nighte i fill verey good and sleep verey nice and good no thinking no sad just i be relax thanks my god"

   
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Abdolkhadir.athari August 5, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Today is my 2nd day on this medication. I have ibd-d .I take 10mg at night. this med has started working from day 1 im so happy i finally feel normal, i could never be away from home i wasbalways scared that i needed to use the restroom . one day i would go many times i would never eat and i will always bee on inmodium thta will only work for me for a few hourd and then i would be back to the toilet , i could never be out some where longer then 2 hours i could never take my childre out to the part or anywhere with out beeing rushed to go home to be near a bathroom. the side effect that im experiensing right now is that im just sleepy throught the day and thirsty, i will come back in a few weeks to see how is it goin!"

   
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im free (taken for less than 1 month) August 2, 2016

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For Insomnia: "The nurse practioner told me to "take this with one foot in the bed", implying that it was very powerful. Nope!! The only thing it does for me is give me crazy dreams. It does NOTHING for my insomnia."

   
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Memphisanddenversmommy July 30, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "Migraines 1/2 month & regular headaches from 16 until 40, after car accident 10 months ago getting terrible migraines 2-3 a week & headache around the clock, having trouble working & doing anything productive, addicted to pain medication. After everything physical came back clear, prescribed amitryptiline 25mg which got rid of migraine/headaches but left me foggy/dizzy and with very dry mouth. Went back to 10mg, has gotten rid of the side effects, in the 7 or so months I've been taking it have had 1 migraine and hand full of headaches that have been eased by asprin or ibuprofen. Has given me a new lease on life, risk of weight gain has been reversed by having energy to exercise and have actually lost 20 lbs & put on bulk"

   
9.0

Mazzo (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 25, 2016

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For Anxiety and Stress: "Took 10 mg for the first time last night for insomnia. To my great surprise, today it seemed to help with both muscle achyness & with anxiety. I slept all day (& needed it), but I suspect that won't be a big issue once I take this med more regularly (which was the case when I was on mirtazapine/Remeron)."

   
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Anne 577 July 23, 2016

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For Depression: "I've been on 300 mg of Effexor for depression and anxiety for years. Last year I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My rheumatologist gave me amytriptyline because I couldn't sleep. Wow!! What a difference. I can sleep. I'm upbeat. I feel great. I am one of the few who has hallucinations - only at night, only when I wake up not long after I've fallen asleep. Usually I see bugs - bees, spiders, etc. They are always black because it's dark in the room. Once I saw white feathers coming from the air conditioner. They usually stop as soon I become coherent. It was scary at first, but now I'm more conscious of it, so I usually just fall back to sleep. It's worth it to have my fibro and depression undet control."

   
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5catmom (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 20, 2016

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For Insomnia: "This medicine makes me feel tired, but won't let me sleep due to jittery feeling. This is not a good medicine for sleep. Have to turn over about every five minutes to get rid of jittery feeling. This medicine should not be taken for sleep at all."

   
1.0

MilesRi July 20, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I believe fibromyalgia symptoms started when I was around 14, it wasn't diagnosed until I was 41. I had been to many doctors complaining of lethargy and body pain/aches, and I never had any answers, one doctor said "do you think this might be all in your head."My life changed at 41 when I started on amitriptyline, I finally went into a deep sleep, felt more refreshed, and it substantially reduced the pain. I am currently 55, original dose lost its efficacy overtime. I am now on 125 mg, but I am very active and run and bicycle weekly. Don't get scared if you feel even more tired in the first 2 to 3 weeks of taking the medication, that will dissipate and you will feel refreshed all day."

   
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Anonymous July 16, 2016

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For Pain: "Ive been taking this for about 3 1/2 years. It works great for what I take it for. The only problem I have, which is a huge problem, is increased appetite and weight gain. I'm actually gonna start a different medication for nerve pain. Amitriptyline has helped but I'm also battling obesity. This medication doesn't help at all in that area. Im still young, mid 30s. So maybe I'll resume taking it when I'm in my 60s or 70s. I wont care so much then about the weight gain. "

   
9.0

Funday (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 11, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I have suffered with migraines for 15 yrs. sometimes for days straight, sometimes 2-3 per week. Have been on amitriptyline for 10 months now at 10mg and my migraines have improved by about 95%. I still get the odd one only now they are silent migraines which is tolerable. Have gained 10 lbs that I needed so I am very happy with this medication."

   
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Rae43 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 11, 2016

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For Insomnia: "I have been on 20mg amitriptyline for some years now due to really bad insomnia. I don't really know if it works as some nights I sleep ok and others hardly at all. However never felt groggy in morning nor had a dry mouth (unlike when I have taken zopliclone and other sleeping pills). This week for example has been awful. Every night hardly slept a wink. So went docs yday and he said to increase dosage up to 50mg. Took 40mg last night and will see how that goes. Insomnia is just the worst thing ever, really envy those people who can sleep on a washing line!"

   
5.0

Insomnialala (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 8, 2016

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