ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 Type: Brand name discontinued; available as generic
  

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 5  Insomnia Larger doses cause hangover GREAT med for having sound sleep for me. Without it, my sleep is terrible. M 60
25 mg 1X D
3/29/2013
 2  Chronic migraines Had severe migraines for months. Has helped with the migraines but have suffered the side effects. Horrible dreams no sleep(4hours on a good night) sleep talk and walk which I have never done dry mouth memory loss irritable just been an emotional roller coaster. So frustrated bc I wanna stop them but I don't wanna suffer the migraines. Meds before dis caused me to have severe anxiety and panic attacks with agoraphobia. Idk wea my career stands bc of all dis. Just beware of what meds you take. Remember everyone is different. Research your medication. Be your own advocate bc no one will do it for you! F 28 2 months
50mg
3/6/2013
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 4  Chronic Migraines Major increase in Anxiety, Agitation, Irritability, and have been nauseous as a result. Recently experienced uncontrolled tremors during periods of high stress or anxiety. Loss of appetite. Extreme tiredness during the first 2 weeks of taking this medication, and periodically afterwards. I also experience minor migraines or headaches occasionally. After taking this for only a month once every night before I go to bed, I have noticed dramatic changes in my mental state that have become a concern to my health. I did have anxiety attacks every so often, but within one week I had over 12 different attacks (or 'almost attacks' as I refer to attacks that I am able to compose myself during). And while this prescription relatively treats my severe migraines well I still am susceptible to getting one, however it is not as strong- even so with so many side effects, I highly dislike this pill. F 18 1 months
10 mg 1X D
3/3/2013
 1  Migraine prevention I was unable to lose weight on this medication, since going off of it I've lost 15 pounds in a month. This drug makes you tired, crave sugar, and did not even prevent all my migraines! F 20 7 years
50 MG 1X D
2/27/2013
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 5  Depression/Anxiety Weight Gain, constipation. Elavil worked exceptionally well for the depression and anxiety. I took 100 mg at bed time, was able to sleep throu the night, and feel rested in the morning. The down side to this drug is the excessive weight gain. I gained 30lbs, in 2 years.Constipation was also a problem/ F 30 2 years
100mg 1X D
12/3/2012
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 5  Fibro-pain mgmt, osteoartritis, 20lbs weight gain in 4 months. Nightmares & sleepTalking. Extreme sugar cravings. sleep w/Elavil has been amazing. I suffered extreme insomnoa for 5 years. I was hesitant to take more antidepressants bc I tried Cymbalta. One single dose and i never went back to my career again. cymbalta caused me to have seratonin syndrome, but doctors dismissed me. I honestly thought that i was actually having a nervous breakdown. Only my own personal research and 8 months later did i figire it out. Hands down was the scariest thing ive had to deal so far. After 3 solid yrs of almost Losing my, i made the decision to try something else for sleep. Elavil worked so well. I was astounded at how sick i was from lack of sleep. For the first time in almost 4 years I was able to work. I had already lost my career, but I was ecstatic just to be able to wait tabes, i was just happy to be feeling 500% better, and all it took was Elavil. i can ABSOLUTELY sacrifice my body image to get sleep. F 34 9 months
11/29/2012
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 5  Panic attacks and severe anxiety None My general doctor prescribed elavil for Pain and help with sleeping. I did not mention anxiety to him. After about 2 weeks, I felt a difference with the anxiety, after about 1 month, I noticed I felt no anxiety, panics went away, I was able to talk to anyone and not feel anxiety. I feel more energy. Now I went up to 20 mg on my own, because I realize I am able to focus better. I read somewhere that it could treat add also, and it sure works for me. I highly recommend elavil. F 55 6 years
10mg 1X D
11/25/2012
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 4  Chronic pain Weight gain Very inexpensive. Aids sleep. Helps a lot. Tried to ween off it & had return of great pain. F 63 10 years
50mg 1X D
11/4/2012
 3  Neuropathy Forgetfulness, sleepy, dry mouth, headache (off and on, over left eye) pain in Lt and Rt foot pain is not as bad,knowing what day, tired all day, going to bathroom one time during sleep (had been going (2-3 times at night), vived dreams, can not see word to spell, ringing in ears, pain in lower back when trying to stand up. Stared taking one pill at bedtime for seven days-felt awful, sluggish, sleepy. Second week took 2 pills at bedtime-forgetful, memory lapses, pain in lower back when straighten up, dry mouth 14days later took 3 pills every night- sluggish, forgetful, insomnia, nervous, dry mouth, belching more often, coughing more, hoarness in am. F 62 5 weeks
25 MG 1X O
10/24/2012
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 5  Depression, insomnia, anxiety Lethargy, drowsiness, headaches, craving for sweet food I took generic amitriptilyene 15 years ago for the same symptoms and it worked after about 2-3 weeks. Completely cured a life of insomnia and anxiety and what must have been underlying depression. Since changing doctors and countries, I ended up on Remeron (no effect), Mianserin (no effect), and then trazodone (helped with the insomnia). Then a new pdoc tried me on Cipralex, which worked on the social anxiety and depression but left me with zero sex drive and insomnia again. Then even the antidepressant effect seemed to wear off. So I tried generic amitriptilyene again. First at 25mg and now at 25mg in morning and 50mg in evening. Again, it's worked and I'm amazed at the difference. Best of all, it's cheap and I have my sex drive back. M 42 6 weeks
25mg 3X D
10/4/2012
 1  migraine prevention I had an overall drying effect. I'm now taking Restasis, I drink massive amounts of water, my skin is very dry and wrinkled, and now I'm having vision issues. F 55 10 years
25mg 1X D
9/12/2012
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 1  Migraines and Concussion Worst medication I've ever been on. I don't know if it's causing my migraines or masking how much worse they could be without the medicine. I've had about 35-40 migraines in the past 3 months, my concussion headaches haven't subsided at all and my circulation is dreadful. I'll list all the symptoms I've had: dizziness, confusion, chronic daily headaches, at least 8 migraines a month (most of the time 10), sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, drowsiness, severe long and short term memory problems, depression, anxiety, and the list goes on... F 15 7 months
50 MG
9/6/2012
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 3  Chronic Migraines, DSPS Extreme fatigue, confusion, lack of judgement, hallucinations, short and long term memory loss, dry mouth, a feeling of heaviness, constipation F 16 1 years
35 1X D
8/25/2012
 4  Insomnia No significant side effects. I noticed that my hair fell out a little more than before, however I have very long thick hair so it hasn't been a major factor. Just a few more threads in the brush than before. Overall I was generally impressed with the efficacy of this drug. I was prescribed this medication for intermittent insomnia due to early onset of perimenopause. There was no groggy feeling for me the next day, and I feel it helped me sleep well. A very surprising and welcome side effect was that I had no cramping or pain during my mentrual cycle! Loved this! I will continue to use this medication during periods of insomnia. I think its worked really really well for my symptoms. F 40 1 weeks
30 mg 1X D
8/21/2012
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 4  Chronic Migraines for 20+ years Dry Mouth, a little trouble emptying my bladder, and slightly irritable. I sleep very, very well and feel rested when I get up. I still get the migraines though and take Maxalt MLT (2 doses at once) when I need to. But my migraines are so severe and frequent I have to take a double dose of Maxalt at once just to avoid another trip to the ER. I've been in the military for 20 years and will be retired soon because of it. The last neurologist I saw said I was in the worst category for migraine sufferers. But I do like the Elavil. I've read that people have experienced weight gain taking it. I just went from 50mg daily to 100 mg daily about a week ago. I have felt heavier since but it may be too early to tell. M 38 8 months
100mg 1X D
8/16/2012
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 4  Chronic Migraine First two weeks very tired. Night sweats, not sure if the drug or my age. Felt a little out of it the first week or so, but stick with it, it gets better! I will take the few side effects over daily migraines! So far only one migraine and the tiredness is starting to fade. I sleep well now. F 51 28 days
25mg 1X D
8/14/2012
 4  sleep disorder I'm Bipolar and this was prescribed to help me sleep. Was told to take 1-3 per night. I take 1 and it knocks me out for 8-12 hours. After that I can't sleep again for at least 24-36 hours even with taking another pill or more. Feels just like a short manic episode, can't sleep, lots of energy, bored easily. So it ain't all bad =) M 34 9 days
25mg 1X D
7/25/2012
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 4  Migraines, minor insomnia tiredness all day everyday unless i get 12+ hours of sleep, random headaches that aren't migraines, lowered concentration level, night sweats, slow weight loss (lost 20-30 pounds since i started taking them), decreased appetite, cant wake up quickly in the morning decreased migraines from 1-2 a day down to 2-3 a week, better sleep F 17 9 months
10 mg 2X D
6/14/2012
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 1  migraines Tired all the time...sleep 12 hrs move 2 the couch and sleep another 4hrs..always hungry weight gain from lack of desire 2 motovate!! Very moody everything just gets on my nerves!! F 36 3 months
10 mg
6/14/2012
 5  Anxiety, panic and sleep aid Vision a little off under bright light for a few hours in morning. Otherwise this stuff really works!! Little anxiety in the morning but smooth sailing after that. It feels great to interact with people and feel relaxed and engaged. I would reccomend this to a friend. M 32 7 days
10mg
6/11/2012
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