ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 5  Migraine Drowsiness, can't sleep without it now, a little difficult to wake up in the morning. Vivid dreams, but rarely nightmares. The side effects are annoying, but the results are worth it for me. Even with a small dosage I could immediately identify a reduction in the frequency of my migraines. I'm just amazed that no doctor suggested it sooner, I've had migraines my entire life and the drug has been around since 1961. F 31 3 years
9/27/2004
 5  Diabetic neuropathic pain M 34 2 years
9/16/2004
 3  
9/6/2004
 1  Fibromyalgia Pain Total mental confusion. I took one dose of 10mg and was whacked for days. Guess I was hypersensitive M 53 1 days
8/20/2004
 2  Depression. Dry mouth (caused my teeth to decay completely). Sexual side effects, I could achieve an orgasm, but no ejaculation. Also the orgam was premature, only taking about 2 minutes. It seemed to increase my appetite and caused me to sleep a lot. Did not work for me as an antidepressant. I take Wellbutrin and Effor now and after 30 years of trying things, this combo works for me. M 55 3 years
8/13/2004
 4  Migraines constapation, lack of sex drive, hard to get up in the morning This drug is the first that has allowed me to go weeks a time without a migraine headache. I used to get them multiple times a week and now I feel so much more in control of my life. The side effects are manageable, but for women on low progestrone birth control, watch for a decrease in sexual desire. F 24 3 months
8/6/2004
 3  Pain in hip & leg, mostly at night I started out taking 25 mg at bedtime, with some success with pain management, and didn't realize I was having any side effects, other than having hard time waking up in morning. I had dose increased a few years ago, because pain was coming back, and increasing the Elavil to 50mg seemed to help. I have had chronic diahrea and gas (have had several tests showing no other conditions), severe weight gain, and I always crave sweets. Also I've had problems with ringing in my ears and dizziness (have ruled out Meneire's disease & all other possibilities thru many expensive tests. My Dr contributed it to my high blood pressure). I have also had problems with nightmares and 'waking dreams'. I didn't see all the possible side effects listed for this drug until just recently, and realized that all these other problems I have been having could be related to this medicine! I have stopped taking it this week, since it doesn't seem to be helping my pain problem at night anymore. Since I have stopped taking the Elavil I am having trouble staying asleep all night now, but pain is not any worse than it was when I was on the Elavil! It is too soon to tell if I will see any weight loss. I can't tell if sweet cravings have diminished yet, but possibly. I have noticed that I don't have as much trouble with diahrea now. And now I actually wake up before my alarm clock goes off! I seem to be able to get through the day ok, even though I am having trouble staying asleep all night. I'm frustrated that my doctor did not realize that all the symptoms I had been telling him about could have been related to this medicine! And I will let him know what I have discovered. A history of depression runs in my family, but that is not why my doctor prescribed this medicine. It is suppose to some how block pain sensors (or something like that). It seemed to work for quite a while, especially after the dose was increased, but after several years of use, it didn't seem to help much at all. F 48 7 years
7/17/2004
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7/9/2004
 5  depression dry mouth,nightmares but this drug has helped with my depression and pain. i take it at night and wake up feeling great!! F 30 7 days
7/4/2004
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 5  Insomnia Knocked me right out! F 27 3 months
5/25/2004
 1  Slight depression Significant weight gain (a pound a day) while on it. Cravings for sweets - made ice cream taste like it never tasted before. F 47 20 days
5/19/2004
 1  fibromyalgia nightmares,hallucinations,sleep walking,panic attacks and extreme anger and exhaustion. I was accused of touching my step daughter after she climbed into our bed I was so drugged I thought it was my wife....NEVER TAKE AGAIN M 40 4 years
4/8/2004
 5  fibromyalgia Some fatigue, dry mouth F 50 3 years
3/27/2004
 3  Depression, Fibromyalgia Can't sleep without it now. Takes a long time in the morning to wake up. Dry mouth a constant problem. You do need to keep an eye on your weight,as your metabilism does slow down. Affects your dosage of synthroid. Even with the side effects,I think it works good for me. Took all the pain away from the fibromyalia which is a very big plus,and helps with the depression fairly well. I have to say that its the only antidepression med. that I have ever taken, so I can M 48 3 times
3/24/2004
 3  Depression, Fibromyalgia Can't sleep without it now. Takes a long time in the morning to wake up. Dry mouth a constant problem. You do need to keep an eye on your weight,as your metabilism does slow down. Affects your dosage of synthroid. Even with the side effects,I think it works good for me. Took all the pain away from the fibromyalia which is a very big plus,and helps with the depression fairly well. I have to say that its the only antidepression med. that I have ever taken, so I can M 48 3 times
3/24/2004
 5  Depression/insomnia Weight gain, constipation The only thing that helps me sleep. In my 20s I would have insomnia for a week at a time. Also had extreme depression. Have combated the weight gain with constant dieting. It can be done with long term discipline. Positive effect is that I have less overall pain. Prior to treatment for depression I had a lot of stomach and body pain. Not any more. As much as I hate being on any drugs, this one makes me feel F 46 22 years
3/22/2004
 5  anxiety and depression dry mouth, a little faint very good medication, it works better than the ssri's i tried. F 25 90 days
3/11/2004
 3  General anxiety disorder Tiredness, groggyness in the morning, dry mouth, dizziness. Felt very weird when withdrawing from the drug. Good for helping you get to sleep, but hasnt sorted out my anxiety at all. I'm now taking venlafaxine and it has far fewer side effects, isnt sedating and feel more uplifted. M 2 years
2/25/2004
 4  chronic pain Weight gain, sugar cravings, sleepiness It really helps me nanage my chronic pain. I sleep very well with it. I once missed a dose and had a migraine with aura, the only one I've ever had. F 44 3 years
2/23/2004
 1  Neuropathy I have serious neuropathy in my legs and don't know why? I'm not diabetic,and am going to see a Rheumatologist in March. This drug made me feel very weird, even at the lowest dose I could take. I do have low blood sugar, and when taking Elavil my blood sugar hit bottom soon after taking it. My mind was extremely foggy and I could not gather my thoughts and organizatonal skill to do daily household duties. I will never take this drug again! I am now on Nerotin and doing great. F 39 2 days
2/12/2004
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