ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 3  Shingles, insomnia Profuse sweating while I am working, very embarrassing and miserable. Helps me sleep, but I worry about other side effects. My doctor says it is not the Elavil (75mg.) that makes me sweat, he says it is anxiety. Bull, I have always had anxiety, this is different, sweat just rolls down my face all day at work. I wonder if I reduced the dosage, would it help reduce the sweating? F 50 2 years
5/21/2007
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 5  Interstitial Cyctitis/bladder I have been on elavil for 16 years. I have Interstitial Cystitis, a bladder disease with no cure. I lived with non-stop pain for 4 years and was in deep depression from pain. Elavil took my pain from a 10 to a 2 (10 being severe pain) within 2 weeks. I have gained over 50 pounds since going on it. I was always a thin person. It has changed my metabolism. But, you have to weigh living with constant pain or having weigh on with gaining back your quality of life. I thank God every day for Elavil. It gave me back my life. But, I have never given up trying to lose the weight. F 54 16 years
5/18/2007
 1  Migraines extreme tiredness, weight gain, moodiness, loss of libido It makes me sad to think what my life might be like right now had i never been prescribed this EVIL drug! I started taking it at 21 for migraines, it helped my migraines greatly Howver, ver the years I took it I became overweight, I slept for 15 hours at a time, I felt like a zombie when awake. I went to the doctor numerous times about my sleeping so much, and I figured the weight gain was just me getting older and eating more etc. The doctors always told me "you dont excerise enough" or "eat better" or "your depressed". Not one doctor ever thought it could have been the Elavil. So one day I was searching the web because I was considering raising my dose of Elavil since the doctor had told me, once again, that I was depressed, while searching I stumbled upon a website like this. ALL my "depression" symptoms were mentioned by people taking this evil drug. I felt a sense of relief because I wasnt weird there were others sleeping 15 hrs at t F 25 4 years
5/8/2007
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 5  chronic migraines dry mouth only for a few weeks; weight gain first month but now I'm watching what I eat and the weight is coming off I am two months free from horrible migraines. (I had suffered from weekly migraines since October '06) If I do get any symptoms of a migraine, they are minor. I can take an Aleeve, and it nips it. I sleep better than ever! F 38 2 months
5/6/2007
 4  chronic pain/unspecified neuralgia weight gain LOVE IT. I have taken elavil 25mg every night for two years. My reason for taking this medication is chronic pain in my right leg. During the day I can tolerate the pain, but it's very difficult to sleep when your leg hurts. Elavil eliminates the pain and helps me sleep. I absolutely love it. Being on a low dose has probably kept me from the horrible side effects others have had. F 27 2 years
5/6/2007
 3  Depression, Anxiety Memory loss, cold hands & feet all the time. Initial weight gain but that has come under control. The dry mouth is unbelievable, always need a drink around need to suck on some candy. Tin taste in mouth, that has tapered off. 150mg at night. Depression is under control. I don't get in those deep dark places anymore. Anxiety not too bad. Definetely helps sleep but side effects are rough. Memory loss is scaring me to death, I have days when I don't remember what I did a few days ago. Work is suffering from my memory loss. M 36 3 months
4/17/2007
 5  Fatigue 10 mg Conks you out for a solid 8-9 hours at night. Both this winter, and 20 years ago, I took 10 mg of Elavil specifically for long-term fatigue (with no other symptoms). 20 years ago, it was day 3 when I started to feel normal energy again. This winter, it was day 4 when my days became normal again. I have my life back. 20 years ago I took the Rx for 30 days, this time I tried it for two weeks and stopped. It's been a week off the Rx and I still feel normal. This dose of this Rx has been fantastic. F 47 14 days
4/13/2007
 4  Chronic pain Extreme drowsiness on waking. General malaise through the day. Very dry eyes. Severe weight gain. Flushing/photosensitivity. As a treatment for chronic pain elavil has been great, although I have had to steadily up the dose over time. As a sleep aid it is fantastic. The downside is the difficulty in waking up in the morning. I have an esophageal motility disorder which has definiotely been better whilst taking elavil. However despite the benefits I am now slowly weaning myself off this drug. The weight gain in particular is intolerable. Ironic that the side effects of a drug that is most widely used to treat depression is provoking that reaction in me! Also the dry eye syndrome is driving me nuts! In many ways I will miss this drug, but continuing with it is no longer an option. If I had been aware of the problems it can cause I don't think I would have agreed to take it in the first place! F 42 2 years
4/13/2007
 4  Migrains Dry mouth, sharp chest pains, increase appetite, gained 35 pounds in 6 months, slight headaches, body ache, stayed tired, at times no energy, blurred vision, dizziness, drowisness, memory lost, nausea, shortness of breath. Helped me sleep at night. If I took medicine by 10pm I was fine in the morning, if not it was hard for me to get out of the bed. It helped my migrains 98%. Even though it does have a lot of side effects, I am a little nervous about coming off of the medicine. My headaches was so bad that at times it makes me want to stay on it. F 28 6 months
4/11/2007
 1  Sleep-aide RAPID weight gain of 23 lbs IN 5 MONTHS! Standing at 5'4", 153 lbs. is way too much weight for my back to handle. Yuck! I wished I had known all this before I started taking this medicine. It did help me to sleep, but the weight gain far exceeds the benefits I am getting for the sleep. I am going to wean myself off. I am at 50mg per night, and I am going to cut the dose in half each night for a week and then into 1/4 so I do not have withdrawal. I am not even sure if one has to be weaned off of this med, but NO MORE ELAVIL FOR ME! I am going back on Unisom Tablets....not the gelcaps...they don't work for me. F 61 7 months
4/2/2007
 5  sleep weight gain slight drowsiness the next day This medicine helps me go back to sleep if I get up to urinate etc. You can also wait a while before falling asleep if you want instead of 'knock out' like Ambien etc. M 32 1 days
3/31/2007
 2  Chronic Pain Instant weight gain (within 4 days), increased appetite, craved more sweets, dry mouth. I've only been taking 25mg for roughly 2 weeks now. I'm a very athletic, healthy person. I was at 116lbs when I started it, and I'm at 120 now - I've been working out more and eating less and I still seem to gain a 1/2 lb almost every few days. I am never full, I eat portions about twice the size I normally do when I'm not paying attention - and am still starving afterward. I've started to use a calorie counter this week to ensure I'm keeping it under control despite behind hungry ALL OF THE TIME. And I crave sweets constantly, I don't typically give in but I am always wanting chocolate or candy whereas normally I'm more of a salt lover. Definitely have the cotton mouth, though I could live with that if it weren't for the instant weight gain. I work hard to be athletic and I find my energy waning despite my 4 - 5 workouts per week, and my weight just keeps going up... F 25 13 days
3/27/2007
 1  Migrains, Cluster headaches headaches, dizziness, Very tired all the time, Slept for long periods at a time and when I woke up felt like I had been hit by a bus. loss of sex drive, Increased appitite, weight gain. All I wanted to do on the medicine was sleep, and sit on the couch and eat. and I still had migrains. F 25 3 months
3/21/2007
 3  migraines HUGE weight gain and increased appetite especially for sweets. After taking for 3 years it actually increased my headaches. Slept well but was drowsy and out of it the next day. Major withdrawal symptoms including severe insomnia. Light headed and dizziness after about 2yrs of being on the medication. It lowers your blood pressure so you have to be careful. I gradually reduced my dose so that I could get off of this medication after being on it for 3 yrs. I have been off of it for 2 months and I'm still having major withdrawals. I have insomnia that has last the entire 2 months and nothing has helped it including Lunesta and Ambien. Might possibly have to start taking it again just to sleep but only at a dosage of 12mg. F 24 3 years
3/16/2007
 3  migraines Increased appetite-especially for sweets which caused a huge weight gain, constant drowsiness even though I slept like a baby. Over time it actually made my migraines a lot worse and I had no idea it was from elavil. Anxiety and panic attacks started later on that I have NEVER had in my life. Good sleep aid and that's about it. Started off at 25mg reduced to 15mg. HIGHLY addictive and you must come off of it slowly. Took for 3yrs until I realized a lot of things that were going wrong with me were from the elavil. Made migrains more frequent and worse. Off of it for 4 weeks now and feel normal again. Trouble with taking off the weight now as I gained 25lbs in 3 years. F 25 3 years
3/14/2007
 3  migraines Increased appetite-especially for sweets which caused a huge weight gain, constant drowsiness even though I slept like a baby. Over time it actually made my migraines a lot worse and I had no idea it was from elavil. Anxiety and panic attacks started later on that I have NEVER had in my life. Good sleep aid and that's about it. Started off at 25mg reduced to 15mg. HIGHLY addictive and you must come off of it slowly. Took for 3yrs until I realized a lot of things that were going wrong with me were from the elavil. Made migrains more frequent and worse. Off of it for 4 weeks now and feel normal again. Trouble with taking off the weight now as I gained 25lbs in 3 years. F 25 3 years
3/14/2007
 2  chronic pain relief Got up with worst hangovers in my life. Don't drink alcohol much anymore at all and can't take hangover feeling. Prescribed for long term pain control. Will put you right to sleep at night and soundly throughout but not worth the fog you have to love in while on it. M 50 5 years
3/14/2007
 4  Over active digestive system Weight gain; inability to urinate; constipation; loss of libido A GI MD suggested a low dose of Elavil after reviewing my 7 years of tests, procedures, medications for reflux and/or vasomotor rhinitis, and the 18 other specialists I had seen before him - with 0 results. My complaint was throat congestion, most noticeably after eating. Since 1999 I've been plagued with chronic throat clearing and IBS. This GI said tricyclics were recently found to help 'some' with IBS. I started with 25 mg, then 50, and within 2 weeks I was totally FREE of throat congestion, I had more normal bowels, I was less anxious, AND I could fall asleep right away (it used to take at least 1 hr) - 1st time in 7 years! My husband & I were able to sleep together again. Unfortunately, 50 mg. started to lose its efficacy after a few weeks, so I upped it to 75mg. This worked for about a week or 2 before I started with the throat congestion again. My MD increased it to 100mg today. We'll see what happens. I'm worried about the weight gain and libdo. (Vitamin B seems to h F 56 3 months
3/5/2007
 5  Headaches, migraines, insomnia Weight gain, irritability Suffering from depression time to time, since elavil was an antidepressant, I expected it too lessen my gloomy days. No such thing happened. F 18 5 months
2/28/2007
 4  migrianes, sleeping, daily headache Mood swings, weight gain, tiredness I have been taking 10mg for about 3 months, I tried to up my dose to 20mg but the mood swings were unbareable. It has helped me significanly with my headaches, which is a blessing. I just need to find out how to take care of my moods. F 30 3 months
2/27/2007
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