ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 1  Yes Within 15 minutes of taking this drug, my heart rate increased. I woke up my husband and we waited about an hour and heart rate didn't come down. Was shaking all over as well. He ended up calling 911 and when they picked me up my heart rate was in the 130s. Was told to discontinue medication. I have been having digestive problems for awhile and on a liquid diet due to coughing when eating solid foods. Doc at Cleveland Clinic Prescribed to me for possible nerve problems. Will never take this again, very scary. I also have nodules on my thyroid so not sure what caused my heart to race like that. It finally calmed down after about 3 hours. F 35 1 days
10mg 1X D
 1  Migraines, Rebound Headahces WEIGHT GAIN, dry mouth, confusion. I absolutely DO NOT recommend taking this drug. I gained 20 lbs. in 3 months. The worst part is that you absolutely can NOT get off of it! I'm on my 3rd time trying to wean and it's the worst thing ever! Your head is in constant extreme pain. You feel like you have the flu and just feel like crap non stop. You also feel really depressed and want to cry all the time. I am trying to wean by making longer intervals in between doses and am going to stick it out, but am in severe pain all the time. The ONLY good thing about Elavil is that I was able to sleep like a baby! NOT WORTH THE BAD SIDE EFFECTS! F 45 9 months
10mg 1X D
 5  interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain It definitely knocks you out, which I actually like because it makes me sleep really well. I do get vivid dreams but they aren't unpleasant. If you take it too late in the evening you'll be tired the next day. I have LOST 2-3 pounds also. It hasn't affected my appetite at all. I LOVE this drug! My pain upon urinating had been a 2-5 and now it's a 0-2. I was urinating 15 times a day and now it's a very normal 5-6. It also helps my sleep and cut my appetite. I had been so worried about the weight gain people reported - I almost refused to try the drug. I am convinced that some people just end up eating more or would gain weight anyway and chalk it up to the drug. F 27 3 months
10 mg 1X D
 1  depression, anxiety, chronic pain Fatigue, weight gain, stomach pains, nausea Didn't help with the pain. Made my depression worse. Even at a low dose for a short time, I experienced withdrawal with panic attacks and stomach upset when stopping medication. F 33 3 weeks
10 1X D
 4  post herpetic Neuralgia with one nightly dose of 25 mg my post herpetic Neuralgia has become tolerable.The lingering nerve pain (3 years)finally had me give up and ask my Doctor for help. He prescribed the above mentioned dosage of Elavil and it is helping to make a difference.But I am experiencing profuse sweating head and neck area,dry mouth, blurred vision and an increase in eye pressure. I went of the Elavil for a few days and my Vision cleared,once I went back to taken my prescribed dose the blurred vision returned.I cannot say the same for the eye pressure increase as my next check will not be until Jan. 2011.there was no improvement in the extreme sweating so I assume that 3 days off and then back on Elavil was not enough time to pin point this episode to Elavil.These side effects are easier to deal with then the all consuming nerve pain. F 68 5 months
25 mg 1X D
 4  Post viral muscle and joint pain Dry mouth, crazy dreams the first few nights, vivid dreams continue. Cravings for sweets and chocolate. Increased appetite. Elavil has helped tremendously with the pain, with mild side effects. Hopefully I won't have to be on it long as my increased appetite is surely going to lead to weight gain. F 27 8 days
10/20mg 1X D
 3  Interstitial Cystitis I slept so soundly I couldn't be aroused. In the morning so groggy didn't want to get up. Slept long hours. Helped pain, but even though I've been off it four months, I still sleep more soundly than ever in my life, and wonder if it changed something in my brain. I still have trouble getting up, most unusual for me. M 77 4 months
1X D
 4  Fibromyalgia slight dry mouth, and confusion a few hours after taking it. This has been a life saver for me. I don't eat any different. I have gained 2 lbs. I am now able to live. I couldnt even stand bed sheets touching my skin before. I have little to no pain depending on the day. F 39 5 weeks
25mg 1X D
 3  Migraines, dizziness Weight gain, extreme drowsiness I started getting migraines at just two years old and I have been hospitalized with cyclic vomiting syndrome many times. I started taking elavil at age 12 and I haven't been to the hospital since. I know the elavil has stopped the vomiting but I still get migraines/ tension headaches 4 to 5 times a month. I was not aware that elavil caused weight gain and I thought I naturally couldn't lose weight. I always have cravings for food, but I don't eat a lot, I work out frequently and I am not able to lose weight. Elavil has helped me a lot but I wish I didn't need to take it, I have weened myself down to only 5 mgs a day but I still have cravings. F 16 4 years
10 MG 1X D
 2  cervicogenic headache weight gain Started at 10mg, then worked my way up to 50mg. It may have taken the edge off of my pain, but never took it away. I am not sure if the Elavil helped with the pain, or if it was the Lyrica I take or the physical therapy. I did gain 20 pounds in about 4 months, so I now am unable to fit into most of my clothes. When I read the reviews before I started it, I saw weight gain as a side effect and I thought to myself "that won't be me, I've tried to gain weight for years, and have not been able to do it". Now, I weigh more than I ever have in my life!!! I can't stop eating! My neurologist is now weaning me off this med! M 37 4.5 months
50mg 1X D
 2  ICC 3 days=3 lbs weight gain--no way-sayonara elavil--nothing would make me more depressed than gaining weight on top of everything else F 41 3 days
25 mg 1X D
 1  back pain & insomnia only took 1 tablet and so far for 2 days have had feelings of being spaced out and panicky. Night sweats & the most awful night terrors/nightmares. Nausea and diarrhoea,really bad headache I will not be continuing these tablets and advise anyone NOT to take them,if this can make me feel this bad after 1 tablet ,god only knows how I would be after taking a course. I think a nervouos wreck !! F 40 1 days
10 mg 1X D
 3  Migraines/Tension Headaches Dry mouth, weight gain, no energy, sleepiness I've been taking elavil for about 2 1/2 years now at 50 MG at night time for tension headaches/migraines. I've gained close to 30-40lbs. I exercise 2-3x a week & try to eat healthy but no matter how hard I try to lose weight/stay healthy I am always hungry craving foods & snacks(salty foods). The only positive aspect of Elavil is that I was able to sleep like a baby, which I will miss but I am now cutting my medication in half to ween myself off of it due to the weight gain. F 21 2 years
50 MG 1X D
 4  migraine prevention mild dry mouth; mild reduced urge to urinate reduced migraine attacks by 80% M 56 30 days
10 mg 1X D
 1  Suppossed IBS Grogginess, dizziness, very vivid dreams/nightmares that seem so real, I "wake up" from each dream several times before I actually "wake up". (I wake from a dream to another dream to another dream, etc.) After I wake up, I feel strangely disassociated from my body for the rest of the day, and my head feels heavy. Need to drink about 80-120 oz of water each day just to feel I am not dehydrated. DRASTIC WEIGHT GAIN - in 45 days, I have gained 11 lbs even though I eat a very balanced diet of whole grains, veggies, and fruit and work out 5 days a week. Side effects not improving over the 45 days. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS DRUG! The side effects, even at a low dose, are just not worth it. I sleep for 14-15 hours each day, and the rest of the time I am unmotivated and disconnected from the world around me. My doctor "diagnosed" me with IBS, though all I have is pain (no constipation, bloating, diarrhea, etc.) and this medication has done NOTHING for the pain - but it does cause some constipation. I absolutely do not want to go to a higher dose, as he recommended, because even if it starts to dull the pain, I cannot deal with these side effects. F 30 45 days
10 mg 1X D
 1  Migraines Dizziness, dry mouth, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, no energy, I get irritated very easily. A feeling like my whole bodies moving and tingling. Kinda like when your on a boat or in a car. I can feel my heart beating and my chest gets really tight. I later found out it also dehydrates me. I was put on it for migraines that were everyday all day. I was put on 25mg and it stopped my migraines. My only symptom were a dry mouth. After a couple weeks it didn't work as well so I upped the dose to 50mg and it started wearing off again. Eventually I got to 150mg in about a 2 month period and that's when I started to associate some of my symptoms with Elavil. I would get tired out really easily but not drowsy, I'd just feel like utter crap. About a week later with the 150mg dose I had to go to the er because my resting pulse was 148 bmp... My bp was 142/93 and I was also dehydrated. After that I decreased my dose to 75mg and I've been taking it for about 2 weeks trying to tapper it off. All my symptom are coming back again and I've lowered the dose to 50mg last night. If I had the time I would stop cold turkey and would gladly deal with the withdrawl. F 19 3 months
75 1X D
 1  migraines Gained over 16 lbs without eating extra and now having a hard time breathing. Still having some "confusion" of migraines that makes me feel like I am having a stroke. Was hospitalized here in Oklahoma City in March and thats when the neurologist put me on Elavil 25 mg. I also have Factor Five Leiden and almost died twice with blood clots so gaining this excessive weight is definitely a big NO! Got to get off of it! Would advise anyone getting on this to be aware of the side effects. I would NOT recommend anyone to take this unless they truly are given all of the side effects. F 55 3 months
25 1X D
 5  fibromyelgia Practically none. Some weight gain initially (2 kgs) After being on it for only 3 days I felt so much better. It has no side effects for me now (even if I take it at 10pm I feel no different in the morning) so I think it's a wonder drug. I notice people with CFS/Fibro. rate this drug much higher than those with other conditions so maybe that's what it is best for. F 46 5 years
15 1X D
 1  Interstitial Cystitis (IC) strobe-like, 3D hallucinations; heat waves; became highly irritable, irrational and unreasonable, as well as dangerously impulsive; nausea and vomiting after 2nd day; Would not recommend...ever. F 16 5 days
10 mg 1X D
 5  insomnia, CRPS/neuropathic pain Best sleep of my life. I wake up with the pain, & insomnia gone. I feel so refreshed. It's like Im a new person Problem is when Im on Elavil I am a new person. If Im 1/2 asleep "sleep waking", the difference is night and day, my mom says. But other than that, everythings fine. F 27 2 years
150mg 1X D