ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 3  Headaches, low mood Weight gain, hair loss, difficulty maintaining wakeful state in the morning, emotionally unable to react appropriately to situations F 60 7 years
100mg
5/25/2012
 4  Insomnia/ Depression Strange dreams, talking in sleep, confusion, difficulty waking in morning, problems with memory, dry eyes. I take 50 MG at night to help with depression and the insomnia it causes me, since going up to 50 MG (I was on 30 before and noticed no side effects but it wasn't very effective for me) I have been able to sleep much better and my mood feels more up. I have had weird and vivid dreams on it though and I've started talking in sleep which I've never done before, which is strange but doesn't bother me. It is hard to get up in the morning but I can deal with that- the only real problems for me are the confusion and memory issues (I tend to wander about the house for a while not quite knowing what my intentions are) and the dry eyes since I wear contact lenses, and I've resorted to wearing glasses which I do not like wearing at all. F 20 6 weeks
50 MG 1X D
5/19/2012
 1  Chronic Migraines Memory Loss, 20lbs in 1 year, hair loss, still suffered migraines under this med, irritability, dazed, confused, inability to concentrate. Dry mouth F 35 6 years
20-40mg
5/17/2012
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 5  Chronic Migraines Wt gain (20 lbs/4yrs), Dry mouth (constantly chewing gum or drinking water), Sleep 10+hrs night, mild Hair loss (luckily I have thick hair, unnoticable to others), Morning grogginess & irritability. Currently weaned myself off, decreasing dosage by 10mg/10days. Have lost 20lbs (no diet), Sleepless nights, & fatigued/malaise. F 22 4 years
40 mg
5/10/2012
 5  Migraine and TMJ disorder Weight gain, constipation , lazy in the morning , higher heart puls I take Tryptizol which has the same component , it has helped me a lot in both the migraines and the TMJ , the severity and frequency of the migraine are much better, but because I gain weight each time I take it, I stop for a while and then I go back to it, because there was no medication that had helped me in both conditions so well, I think I just have to accept the 2-3 kilos of increase in weight to have a better quality of life. F 56 1 years
25 mg 1X D
5/6/2012
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 3  depression fatigue during day, low energy Elavil rxed to me in 1971, along with PM dose of Valium (10mg) when I was hospitalized for suicidal depression. The side effects were awful and I soon avoided daytime doses by hiding pills beneath tongue; so I was really taking it only at night, when it seemed to boost effect of Valium. After six weeks, it might've worked; I noticed an "up" mood, w/o feeling stoned/druggy. / It seems safe for at least short-term use, not as bad as more recent run-ins w/ awful SSRIS like Paxil & Remeron. M 60 42 days
30mg 3X D
4/23/2012
 4  Chronic Headaches dry mouth, 10 lb weight gain, mild constipation initially had severe grogginess and zero appetite, but that quickly changed after about 2 weeks This has almost completely gotten rid of my headaches - nothing else has worked. Now that I'm accustomed to my dose, I don't have the grogginess (almost like a severe depression - i didn't want to move for 2 weeks), but my appetite is crazy for sweets. I have had lots of trouble trying to lose weight while on this med. F 35 3 months
50mg 1X D
4/1/2012
 5  chronic migraine I found taking this drug dry mouth, night sweats, tiredness, blurry vision, ringing in the ears but will take it over chronic pain! M 52 2 months
30mg 1X D
3/6/2012
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 2  Chronic fatigue/insomnia/dizziness Initial period of grogginess for about 2-3 weeks, but I slept better for about 8 months. Then, my fatigue, dizziness and memory worsened and I had to stop taking Elavil... now can't sleep. M 45 10 months
25 1X D
3/2/2012
 5  Chronic Migrains for 20 years I was very sleepy for the first 4 or 5 weeks...had a hard time waking up. Now, I go to sleep rather quickly and rest very well. I use to get migraines 5 days a week but since Dec 23rd, I've had 2...and they weren't as bad as they use to be. I haven't had any of the side effects that others have talked about. I hope this remains to be true from now on. Love it! M 37 2 months
25 MG 1X D
2/13/2012
 3  anxiety and derpession dizziness, no short term memory, did feel better at first. Not so sure now. The first several days the med kept me up all night long. Then I changed to taking it in the morning even though my dr. insisted that I take it evenings because it was supposed to help me sleep better. I do sleep better now although I usually have to lay down mornings for a while after my morning dose. I am supposed to ramp up to 20 mg a day and am hesitant. I currently feel dizzy a great deal and my short term memory is terrible. My mother has Alzheimers and this is like my starting into that scenario earlier than necessary! F 59 10 days
10 mg 1X D
2/2/2012
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 5  insomnia dry mouth for the first four weeks I had been suffering depressing insomnia for three years. Doctor put me on 50 mg of Elavil and it did mircle for me. M 46 5 months
50 mg 1X D
1/22/2012
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 1  fibromyalgia, nerve pain WEIGHT GAIN!!!! dry eyes. dry mouth. moody. craving sweets. obsessive, compulsive behaviors, memory loss. did i mention WEIGHT GAIN. My husband begged me to get off of Neurontin because he thought it was the culprit. I have been so moody. But the worst part was the weight gain. I put on 25 lbs. almost instantly,(after working hard for the 5 months prior to lose 30lbs. and now its all back) but then again, when youre craving sweets, that is bound to happen. I was tested for diabetes today, due to the dry mouth, weight gain, and sweet craving. I wear contacts, and my eyes get so dry I have to take them out.I had no idea it was the Elavil, it has reaked havoc on my body. Maybe it is good for some, but not my system. If I hadn't already taken it today, yesterday would be my last day. Today WILL BE! F 37 2 months
10 mg 1X D
1/19/2012
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 1  Depression. Weight gain, moody, angry, argumentative, and memory loss F 30 4 months
25
1/17/2012
 2  herniated disc Fatique, moodiness and most of all memory loss, I forget wat I say and do most of the time!! Its soo embarassing as a mother of 3.. F 28 3 months
25 mg
1/10/2012
 2  migraines, insomnia F 23 2 days
25 1X D
1/9/2012
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 3  IBS Terrible dry mouth, considerable trouble achieving orgasm M 21 3 months
100 MG 1X D
1/4/2012
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 5  Chronic migraine and daily headache Tired, dry mouth, weight gain 5-10pounds(might just be from holidays- eating too much). Elavil is working for me. I am so relieved to finally be pain-free for several days. I take 25mg in morning and 50mg at night. I drink a lot of water for dry mouth, no big deal. I don't feel tired when I am busy or active. I have suffered with chronic daily headaches and chronic migraine for at least 14 years. I now go several days without any pain. I do still get a minor headache that is easily treated with Advil or sleep and still get migraines about 4 per month versus 15. I can handle that. Imitrex works very well for my migraines. Medications work differently for everyone as you can see by all of the posts. I highly recommend trying Elavil for headaches and migraines. Good luck! F 34 2 months
75mg 1X D
1/2/2012
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 3  Anxiety Insatiable appetite for sweets/carbs Weight gain Constipation This did help my anxiety, but the effects on my diet are too great for me to continue using this drug. It also helped with headaches and menstrual cramps. I've only been take it four weeks and have already gained weight. I will ask my doctor for something else. F 23 1 months
10mg 3X D
12/27/2011
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 5  Chronic stress headaches None whatsoever My doctor put me on this medication after I came in complaining of a constant headache for over a month. Being a single mom, working full-time, and going to college full-time has me on stress overload. I only get 6 hours of sleep a night and would wake up multiple times. Now I stay asleep solidly all 6 hours. The headaches are gone. I have no weight gain, in fact I am on a healthy eating plan and still am steadily losing an appropriate amount of weight weekly. I felt groggy the first two weeks taking the medication, but that was the only side effect I have ever experienced. This has been a life saver for me, I now go about my days in a level, almost cheerful, manner and rarely feel overwhelmed by stress even on my most hectic days! F 28 3 months
20 MG 1X D
12/14/2011
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