ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 2  Anxiety Sleepy tired and caused anxiety symptoms to get worse M 32 2 years
50mg
12/4/2011
 3  Insomnia ENORMOUS weight gain, progressing over the years as dosage increased from 25 mg to 50 mg to 75 mg to 150 mg for the past 5 years. About 60 lbs. in all. Also, urine retention bad enough that I take a medicine usually prescribed only to men with enlarged prostate. I believe it has also affected my personality (loss of humor) and my short-term memory. I began taking Elavil for lifelong insomnia and it did make me tired enough to fall asleep. Over the years, however, the increasing dosages have made all the side effects worse, and I am trying hard to get off of it now. F 55 17 years
150 mg 1X D
11/3/2011
 2  Migraine Preventioin OMG!!! Knew I was different in so many ways and took one year to figure out it was the amitriptaline. I only took 10mg at bedtime and I completely lost my drive and didnt care about a thing. I lost my ability to feel anything. I only took to prevent migraines as I am, was not a depressed person. I have a great outlook on life and take no other meds. I had zero physical energy and was sleeping 10 to 12 hours per night vs my normal 8. I had nightmares like never before. I had dizziness that lasted 2 months. I also lost my appetite which caused me to go all day without eating which resulted in MORE MIGRAINES due to low blood sugar. The worst was the numbing effect which caused me to loose my drive. I am completely back to normal 1 month after stopping this drug and also having less migraines. I also gained weight like never before even though I was eating half to a fourth of my normal food intake. I never had sleep issues as was always a sound sleeper and on this drug I slept WAY TOO MUCH F 51 1 years
10 1X D
11/3/2011
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 1  Depression Racing heart, closing throat, depersonalization, suicidal thoughts, rage, impulsivity, blurry vision, dry mouth, EXTREME cravings for sweets. "ELAVIL" should be named "EL EVIL" -- VERY EVIL DRUG Made me sooo much worse, but thank God I figured out it was not my condition deteriorating but the effects of "EL EVIL" F 34 10 days
75 mg 1X D
9/26/2011
 3  Migraine Prevention I wake up with a dry mouth, no wait gain, yet...but recently noticed short term memory loss. I have 360 students a week and will look at a student and know their name and will not come to me right away. It's frustrating and scary. I also have very vivid dreams with this medicine. the short term memory loss is what concerns me the most F 35 2 months
10 1X D
9/15/2011
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 1  TENSION MIGRAINES EXTREME WEIGHT GAIN!! MOODINESS, SHORT TEMPERED, DRY MOUTH, CONSTANT RINGING IN MY EARS, CRAVING SWEETS CONSTANTLY, I MEAN CONSTANTLY!! I JUST TYPED IN MY SYMPTOMS TO GOOGLE 2 NIGHTS AGO AND THIS WEBSITE CAME UP!! I WAS SHOCKED, NO KNEW HAS RELATED ANY OF MY SYMPTOMS TO THIS MEDICATION INCLUDING MY DOCTOR!! I WAS EXTREMELY UPSET. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TAKE VITAMINS FOR THE RINGING IN MY EARS. NOTHING HAS WORKED. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I BEEN A CANDY EATING ALL THE TIME GIRL, I KEPT TAKING PREGNANCY TESTS BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH WEIGHT I HAD BEEN GAINING. I HAVE READ THESE COMMENTS AND I DONT CARE IF I HAVE WITHDRAW SYMPTOMS, I AM GETTING OFF OF THIS ASAP!!! FORGET WEENING!! BLURRED VISION, CHECK! NOT ABLE TO SLEEP SOMETIMES~THEREFORE INCREASING MY DOSE, CHECK! DRY MOUTH/DRY SKIN, CHECK! CANNOT GET UP IN THE MORNING....CHECK! YES, MY MIGRAINES STOPPED, BUT I DIDNT REALIZE ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS WERE A RESULT TO THIS MEDICINE....I AM DONE. F 27 2 years
100MG 1X D
8/28/2011
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 3  migraines/sleep was a bonus loss of memory/weight gain. My memory is awful, and is unusual. There is no question that my headaches are better, and my insomnia is totally cured with this drug, but not being able to make change in a drugstore. I can't live like that. Forgetting that I have talked to my daughter. I am going to let the drug go. F 65
50 1X D
8/19/2011
 2  Insomnia This drug worked wonderfully to put me to sleep, however the side effects were terrible. Racing heart, anxiety, trembling limbs, irregular heartbeat. Finding something else. F 24 7 days
25 1X D
8/13/2011
 5  Depression/Pain/Migraines Weight gain,Drowsiness for 2-3 days if I stop taking it or miss a few doses,and get back on it. Weight gain(fine by me since Iv'e always been so small). dry mouth. sometimes I'm irritable. I have been on this drug for almost 3 years now. I was on 25mg f or 2 months. 50 mg for about a year and half. Now I have been on 75-100 each night since January. If I'm achy I will take 100mg at bedtime instead of 75mg. This drug has helped save my life. I was originally prescribed this for depression then dr. up it for various reasons. I'm completely stable on 75mg. It does help with my depression for sure. I do have some mood swings and snap on people sometimes. When I first started this drug I gained 8lbs in 2 weeks...which is epic for me. I was also on prednisone for a while which also contributed to my weight gain. I'm now off prednisone, been off for over a year..dropped a good bit of my prednisone weight.. I'm able to maintain a weight of 120 while on 100mg of Elavil...it's hard but do-able. Weight gain is a big and common side effect of this drug. I just stock the house with healty snacks. I eat breakfast, lunch and a big dinner and snack all day. Like another patient said...Don't give up on this drug !!! F 25 3 years
100 1X D
8/11/2011
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 4  Fibromyalgia, insomnia, nerve pain, I actually lost about 5 pounds while taking Elavil and would gain it back within days of stopping. It seemed to have a diuretic effect for me and reduced bloating. Foods did taste different, mainly coffee. I missed my morning cup. My eyes and mouth were dry and I did crave sweets, however I am not sure if Elavil was the cause. I did start to sweat on my face to where I was dripping wet every day (It is a very hot summer, though.) My vision got blurry with floaters and I felt dizzy often and sometimes too tired during the day. My heart started to feel like I was having palpitations and I found myself getting upset and angry and shaky inside. I have been weaning my dose from 20 mg to 10 mg over the last few months. I have just stopped it all together and started Propranolol for my headaches. I am not sleeping so well and know the pain will come back, however, the new medicine is really helping with the shakiness and throbbing headache. I still need a heart work-up to see the effects of the Elavil and my eyes are still dry and blurry with floaters. I may need to wait a few weeks to see if these clear up or if they are permanent. I recommend going off Elavil if you experience the palpitations, shakiness and anger. I actually started 5-HTP (an over the counter product in the vitamin isle) and it helps my mood, sugar cravings and sleep a little bit. I am not sure if it is compatible with certain medicines. F 42 1 years
20 mg 1X D
7/27/2011
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 5  Insomnia None I've had severe insomnia for 15-20 years. I'd never taken anything for it but I finally decided to talk to my Dr. about it. He prescribed Ambien and one other.....don't remember the name of thw 2nd one. I didn't like the way either one of these made me feel.....with each one it took me until lunchtime to really wake up. He thought Elavil might be worth a try and it has been like a miracle for me. I take 100 mg. 1 1/2 to 2 hours before bedtime. I fall asleep within 10 minutes and sleep a full 8 hours every night and feel great. After all those years of very poor sleep I feel like a new person!!! My only concern now is how long my Dr. will let me keep taking it......I can't bear the thought of going back to 2, 3, or 4 hours of sleep night after night! F 73 2 months
100 mg. 1X D
7/23/2011
 1  depression Horrid mettalic taste in mouth, no appetite at all, could not taste food.. zombie like feelings of unreality. Unable to sleep but two or three hours a night. Extreme fatigue and uncontrollable shaking and nervousness. I have take Lexapro and Zoloft in the past and was off all anti-depressants for 3months before starting the Elavil. Its a horrible old drug, it actually caused me to feel fear from leaving my house to going into any public place and facing people or a crowd. I actually thought I was developing agoraphobia until I stopped the Elavil. I would NOT recommend this medication for anyone. I thought it was the worst anti-depressant ever! F 52 5 days
25mg. 1X D
7/9/2011
 4  migraines Weight gain went from 155lbs to 171lbs in five weeks ,dreams,stomach cramps, tired ,mode swings with the side effects that I was having after 5 weeks and having read the experiences of others , I decided to stop it and find alternative drug even though my migraines had stopped M 56 5 weeks
25mg 1X D
6/21/2011
 4  migraine in the beginning dry mouth and cosntipation now it s over. for migraine its working very very well use to have headhache 4-5 days a week for 20 years now i can have a week and plus with no migraine, and even if i have one it will go with only 2 tylenol after 30 min or so. BUT for the past few month my mood is horrible, i am always mad and i dont even know why M 36 9 months
10 1X D
6/19/2011
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 4  Post Herpetic Neuralgia blurry vision, dry mouth and increased eye pressure My next Optalmology checkup is next month to recheck my eye pressure. the blurry vision and dry mouth began when I was placed on Elavil and so did the increase in eye pressure but other test's performed for Glaucoma were normal.I stopped taking the Elavil for a short time and the blurry vision and dry mouth went away, continuing the Elavil brought the same side effect's back. Having dealt with the nerve pain from PHN the side effect's to Elavil are easier to deal with any day. F 69 15 months
25 mg 1X D
5/26/2011
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 3  Migraines Dry mouth, 15 lb weight gain in 5 months, tiredness, irritability, strong sweets and salt cravings, road rage, and moodiness. I had thought my weight gain was related to excess food intake. I then cut back on what I ate for a few moths and continued to gain weight even with strenuous exercise. Until I read all of these reviews about people experiencing similar side effects, I didn't know what was causing this. I am on 75 mg which was the dose it took for me to stop having migraines, but the weight gain is unbearable. I have been taking relpax for the onset of migraines as well as the pill continuously (not having a period) to control the migraines which seems to be working. I am ready to come off the Elavil but having experienced such bad withdrawals from other meds, I am terrified. Not sure if the horror of migraines is as bad as how crappy I feel. F 22 1.5 years
75 MG 1X D
5/23/2011
 5  Mig Headaches/depression/nerve pain ringing in the ears, low blood pressure on standing, heart palpitations, I had 7 mig Headaches per day, increased to 150mg per day, now on maint dose of 35mg at night. Take it 2 hours before I want to go to sleep on empty stomach. SLEEP GREAT! vivid dreams feel refreshed I have tried other medications like SSRI but had very bad effects, like staying awake for 3 days. Currently my headaches are less than 5 per month. Reduce dose gradually, over weeks. F 51 20 years
35mg 1X D
5/16/2011
 1  Vulvadidya skin crawling I wanted to pull my skin off with this drug. I used it about 10 years ago for a neurological problem of vaginal pain. No help. F 30 4 weeks
1X D
5/16/2011
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 4  migraines constipation. severe thirst. increased need for sleep (9 hours a night). drowsy in morning. 10+ pounds of weight gain. Sex drive is not affected, except that I'm tired a lot. It's made a significant difference in my migraines. Not completely gone but much fewer, if not less intense. Reduced from 8-12 migraines per month and 2-5 lost work days to 2 per month and 1-2 lost work days. Migraines *usually* but not always hit after I miss a dose. I am considering cutting dosage in half. The bloating and constipation is awful. I have to skip dose if have less than 7 hours of sleep time available. F 51 4 months
20 mg 1X D
5/13/2011
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 1  Trapped nerves c6-c7-c8 Seemed ok at first and then-3D effect in my head, sweating, Heart rate 170 had to call 999, High blood pressure (didnt have before) thought I was going to DIE ! twitching. Awful. F 44 10 days
1X D
5/11/2011
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