ELAVIL Reviews

Average Rating: 3.1 (579 Ratings)

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 5  Depression None at all. it felt like I found the light switch in a dark room. I feel like a normal person, and can finally enjoy life, instead of curling up on the couch unwilling to move. This medicine allows me to function, hold down a job,and finally quit drinking for good. Prior to finding Elavil, I had been hospitalized twice for depression F 59 15 years
50mg 1X D
4/26/2011
 4  migraine sleep better at night, drowsy in morning, very vivid dreams, increased craving for sweets. I took this for migraine and found it only works well when I cut out caffeine completely. Since then I am down to 1 migraine per month instead of 10-12 per month. This drug makes you very sleepy, but for me this was a plus. I have had insomnia for 24 years and this has cured it. Drowsy in the morning, but it goes away about 30-45 minutes after I waken. It's worth it to be able to sleep at night and for fewer headaches. My dreams are extremely vivid when taking this. In fact, I sometimes can't remember if I dreamed something that happened or if it really did happen. A little weird, but kind of cool and not a deal-breaker for me. It does make me crave sweets and I gained about 5 pounds at first. But with a little determination and increased willpower, I was able to lose that weight. You just have to diligent with your diet and keep exercising. F 41 1 years
10 mg 1X D
4/26/2011
 4  Chronic Tension Headache Increased Fatigue and Weight Gain This drug has dramatically improved the pain from my tension headache, having had a Tension headache daily for the last 15 years or so after about 4 days of taking this medication my headache went away and I have only had it 2 times in the last 2 months but I am gaining weight rapidly, about 8 pounds in 2 months and I had bad fatigue badly before but its much worse. At this point I am not sure which is worse since I was overweight to begin with. F 35 2 months
25 1X D
4/26/2011
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 3  severe depression anxiety can,t wake up till noon M 62 6 years
10mg 1X D
4/8/2011
 1  yes Felt like a zombie and had bad gastrointestinal cramping. I actually had to take 50 mg. in order to get any sleep and relief from pain of Fibromyalgia. F 64 3 months
30 1X D
3/26/2011
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 4  Bladder IC Weight has never been a problem for me throughout my life. When I went on Elavil I gained 20 lbs. I have been an athlete my whole life and know my body well. There is no question that the medication is the culprit. Concentration and not as energetic as I was before the medication. The first three weeks on this medication was tough. I was very drowsy and felt like I was not cognitively on my A game. After the three weeks these symptoms subsided. What really helped is taking the medication earlier in the evening and taking it at the same time every night. The medication has absolutely made my IC pain subside and because of the medication my quality of life is pretty normal except for some dietary changes. So for IC pain I would much normal i would recommend Elavil. I am concerned about long term use but for now itís doing its job. An added bonus with this medication that I was not expecting is how it has mellowed me out which has been a good thing. I have noticed that previous things that made me anxious like, public speaking, flying, embarrassing situations does not bother me to the same degree as it did before taking the medication. . Go figure?? M 44 1 days
25 mg 1X D
3/24/2011
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 5  Irritable Bowel Syndrome I had essentially no side effects. First day or two I felt dizzy/spacey in the morning,. Withdrawl has been terrible. I've been off it for 10 days and I feel like utter crap. Bad headaches and nausea. The first few days off it were fine, but around day 5 or 6 the symptoms really got bad. Nausea is starting to go away, but the headaches are intense. I'm going to tough it out and see how my IBS does without the drug. M 30 8 years
25 1X D
3/23/2011
 5  Irritable Bowel Syndrome I had essentially no side effects. First day or two I felt dizzy/spacey in the morning,. Withdrawl has been terrible. I've been off it for 10 days and I feel like utter crap. Bad headaches and nausea. The first few days off it were fine, but around day 5 or 6 the symptoms really got bad. Nausea is starting to go away, but the headaches are intense. I'm going to tough it out and see how my IBS does without the drug. M 30 8 years
25 1X D
3/23/2011
 4  Insomnia weight gain and short term memory loss The medication helped a great deal with my insomnia for the first couple of months. I am back to having insomnia plus the short term memory loss is very bad. I have also put on 10 pounds since I started taking the medication. F 43 6 months
25 1X D
3/14/2011
 2  Fribromylgia and Chronic Fatigue loss of hair on crown, dry mouth, dry eyes, weight gain, short term memory loss, loss of balance, falling I have stopped my elavil with the Doctors direction March 1st starting another sleep medication. I am experience awful withdrawals and can't find what those symptoms documented by others. I feel awful and if it is a constant sensation of startling as if I am going to fall, weird ringing in my ears. I am afraid to tritrate my withdrawals at this time March 9th. How long does this drug continue before the symptoms begin to decrease? F 60 8 years
50 mg 1X D
3/9/2011
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 4  depression, sleep Take one at night and in a few weeks my deppresion lifted.At first felt drugged or zombie like when awaking and sleeping about two hours longer in the morning. Ravenous appetite craving sugar, slight decreased sexual drive. Dry throat when waking up at first and dryness in lips but no dry mouth like the other posts (I did start the medication after getting over a cold though so it could have been from that) Have awoke probably six or seven times with what feels ,ike one big convulsion or jerk of the body. I attribute that to getting the pills wet when I first wanted to start cause I didnt want to take and were going to throw away or possibly due to the fact that one of the doctors at my hmo prescribed 10 mg of valium a night to sleep cause I was to afraid to take any newer drugs and then taking one a night for five years which was horrible to get of and a big misjudgment on my part so I find this to work good with moods anxiety etc have always had a low level depression and hesitant t I My depressed feelings lifted away within a couple of days and felt so much better in about two weeks. I dont know if and when I will want to increase my dose. I have a big fear of anti depressants for some reason but now realise they could be beneficial for life quality. It certainly beats tranquiler class of medication that I tried which is so bad for your system to get off or Neurontin which made me gain sudden weight. I had medicated with pot for years and really the only drug I have ever used but after many years of that want to switch to an anti depressant to boost my serotonin.I do notice I crave pot more like it has done for food on this medication. In the past month Ive learned how to manage my diet such as craving for sweets keep fruit on hand but Im not sure how it will do with pot. I have wanted to ask my doctors for years what is best medication for pot addiction but my last HMO they put in my chart I was a drug user even though I do not drink do any other drugs and mostly shy away from prescription meds all together of any kind so have been afraid since to ask. Hopefully this medication will work to help with my long time depression or at least until I research through this site what best anti deppresant to take with the least amount of effects. M 41 25 days
25mg 1X D
3/3/2011
 1  Migraines and Acute Depression I was on lexapro (which is fantastic in hindsight)and switched to Elavil. Was only on it for a month and in that time I gained 15 lbs. I noticed my appetite increased dramatically and I craved sweets day and night. This did not help as a mood leveler like lexapro did and did nothing for my migraines. For my mental health this drug was worthless and only further advanced my depression as I gained weight. If you tend to be sensitive to side effects of prescription drugs, I would not recommend this drug for you. F 25 1 months
10 mg 1X D
2/15/2011
 4  General Fatigue and Lethargy Generally I have no side effects, but am experiencing an increased appetite which, until I read about others, would not have attributed to this drug. As for dry mouth or bad taste, I did get that but found that as long as I took the pill with a liquid, I do not experience this. I was having a good deal of trouble with being able to concentrate on work and had a general feeling of not caring about anything. Shortly after starting the drug these things improved dramatically. M 53 2 months
10mg 1X D
2/13/2011
 2  anxiety, depression Major weight gain no matter what I do. I eat salads everyday and exercise everyday and still won't budge. Medicine is very hard to get off, even with weining with very small amounts. I want off, but have been unable to handle the withdrawl effects. Does help with my sleep, and in the beginning with anxiety and depression but does not seem to help now. F 34 10 months
50 mg 1X D
2/3/2011
 2  Migraine Prevenation Constantly tired, no matter how much sleep I got the night before. Very bizarre dreams/nightmares. I am ALWAYS thirsty and feel like I cannot drink enough water. I have only had 2 migraines since I have been on this medication (I would have typically had 6 by now), but I am not sure that all of the side effects are worth it. I am going to speak to my doctor about different options, I hate feeling like a zombie everyday! F 24 3 weeks
10mg 1X D
2/3/2011
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 3  depression anxiety and panic attacks very tired dry mouth F 22 1 days
25 MG 1X D
1/27/2011
 4  Burning Nerve Pain Tired, weight loss, blurry vision, dry mouth, hard to urinate. Side effects did decrease over time. Takes the edge off of burning nerve pain. Side effects decreased in about 3-4 weeks of use. Was surprised that I lost weight and continue to do so. Almost did not take it because of of the all comments about weight gain. Pamelor could be another alternative if the side effects from Elavil don't go away. M 35 7 weeks
50 MG 1X D
1/19/2011
 1  migraines rapid weight gain. I have been the same size for the last 20 yrs virtually being able to eat whatever and whenever I want. While taking Elavil, I have gained just over 20 lbs. I crave sweets and salty foods which in the past, I only ate occasionally. My sex drive is pretty much gone. I would not recommend this medication to anyone unless it is absolutely necessary and if there are no other alternatives. F 41 3 months
25 MG 2X D
1/17/2011
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 5  interstitial cystitis I felt extremely sedated and dizzy at first, but that symptom went away after a few weeks of use. I've experienced some weight gain and loss of libido as well as sensitivity to sunlight. The side effects I'm dealing with are TOTALLY WORTH IT for the pain control elavil provides. I'd urge anyone to not give up on this drug; the side effects DO lessen with use. Taken along with Elmiron, my IC is manageable. F 55 13 years
75 MG 1X D
1/11/2011
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 2  Repetitive Strain injury Disturbed sleep like I had taken caffeine (I call it hypersleep as not asleep but not awake). Next day felt ghastly and really out of it till noon and thought I had 'flu coming. Took it again that night but exactly the same, and felt even worse next day. Dry mouth. Mood change to being easily irritated which is not me at all. I've stopped taking until I can speak to my doctor, seeing how some people here say this is early stage effect. I thought I was going to get a good night's sleep and eventually nerve pain relief so very disappointed. Two days after and I am still feeling the negative effects which I find surprising and makes me wonder what on earth this is doing to me. I don't react well to blood sugar changes, and rarely take any meds so perhaps I am more sensitive than most. Very glad it works for some people though, and very grateful to this site for the shared experiences. F 52 2 days
10 1X D
1/7/2011
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