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Amitriptyline

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5.2
4  Effectiveness
7.2  Side Effects
5.2  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 14 Amitriptyline side effects and 4 Amitriptyline benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is amitriptyline and brand name is Elavil.

The active ingredient of this medication is amitriptyline.

It is primarily used in treating depression.
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Mary Kate Olsen has struggled with depression, ADD and the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

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Owen Wilson has struggled with depression for years, and despite taking anti-depressants tried to commit suicide in 2007.

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When Crow suffered a bad stretch of depression in 2003, the musician began an exercise routine and took Prozac to assist in her recovery.

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Jim Carrey

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Larry King

Late night talk show host Larry King had a bout with depression after having heart surgery in 1987.

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Effectiveness of Amitriptyline by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Amitriptyline, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 2.2% 6.7% 77.8% 11.1% 2.2%
Balance/Equilibrium 4.2% 39.6% 54.2% 0% 2.1%
Blood Pressure 0% 2.2% 93.3% 4.4% 0%
Breathing 2.2% 4.3% 89.1% 4.3% 0%
Confidence 37.5% 12.5% 37.5% 4.2% 8.3%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2.2% 39.1% 52.2% 6.5% 0%
Digestion 2.2% 2.2% 91.1% 4.4% 0%
Emotional Well-being 6% 42% 28% 16% 8%
Energy 6% 12% 38% 44% 0%
Eyesight 38.3% 2.1% 53.2% 6.4% 0%
Memory 40.4% 2.1% 46.8% 8.5% 2.1%
Mental Clarity 38.8% 12.2% 38.8% 8.2% 2%
Pain 2.2% 8.9% 42.2% 46.7% 0%
Patience 38.8% 8.2% 38.8% 8.2% 6.1%
Sexual Health 37.8% 6.7% 44.4% 8.9% 2.2%
Skin Complexion 0% 2.3% 95.5% 2.3% 0%
Sleep 6.1% 10.2% 22.4% 57.1% 4.1%
Stress Level 6.1% 6.1% 38.8% 46.9% 2%
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Commonly Reported Amitriptyline Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 90.9% 9.1% 0% 0% 0%
Ringing in Ears 50% 0% 0% 50% 0%
Difficulty Urinating 81% 4.8% 9.5% 4.8% 0%
Headache 53.3% 4.4% 2.2% 2.2% 37.8%
Gas 90.9% 0% 9.1% 0% 0%
Fatigue 37.5% 10.4% 8.3% 2.1% 41.7%
Depression 91.7% 8.3% 0% 0% 0%
Lethargy 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Mood Swings 63.6% 18.2% 9.1% 9.1% 0%
Blurred Vision 90.9% 0% 9.1% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 90.9% 9.1% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 51.2% 2.4% 2.4% 0% 43.9%
Stomach Ache 81.8% 9.1% 0% 9.1% 0%
Confusion 81.8% 9.1% 0% 9.1% 0%
Constipation 31.4% 57.1% 5.7% 2.9% 2.9%
Irregular Heartbeat 90.9% 0% 0% 9.1% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 42.1% 10.5% 2.6% 0% 44.7%
Anxiety 51.1% 0% 6.7% 42.2% 0%
Drowsiness 72.7% 18.2% 9.1% 0% 0%
Nausea 53.8% 2.6% 43.6% 0% 0%
Dry Mouth 20.5% 15.9% 6.8% 13.6% 43.2%
Dizziness 51.1% 2.1% 2.1% 42.6% 2.1%
Fidgeting and/or Pacing 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Abdominal Pain 37.5% 56.2% 3.1% 3.1% 0%
Erectile Dysfunction 97.1% 0% 0% 0% 2.9%
Insomnia 80% 6.7% 4.4% 6.7% 2.2%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 32.4% 14.7% 52.9% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 54.8% 0% 2.4% 4.8% 38.1%
Irritability / Impatience 52.8% 0% 0% 47.2% 0%
Muscle Cramping 90.9% 0% 0% 9.1% 0%
Diarrhea 91.1% 6.7% 2.2% 0% 0%
Amnesia / Memory Loss 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Amitriptyline Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Erectile Dysfunction 33.3% 33.3% 0% 0% 33.3%
Reduced Libido 92.9% 3.6% 0% 0% 3.6%
Increased Depression 91.9% 0% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7%
Suicidal Tendencies 86.8% 2.6% 10.5% 0% 0%
Tingling Sensations 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Relaxed / Calming Sensation 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Nausea 25% 0% 25% 0% 50%
Change in Weight 20.5% 10.3% 48.7% 15.4% 5.1%
Irritability / Impatience 0% 25% 25% 25% 25%
Blurred Vision 41.2% 2.9% 0% 2.9% 52.9%
Sexual Dysfunction 50% 50% 0% 0% 0%
Sweating 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
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Episodes since taking Amitriptyline
Since taking Amitriptyline Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Fall 3.7%
Hallucination 1.2%
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User Comments about Amitriptyline
08 Jul 2014 Up and down. Has not stopped depression completely, but have had bereavement councilling which has helped a lot. Frightened to stop as have tried several times, and have become suicidal, agitated, over anxious and feeling I was not of this world. Have reconciled myself I will be on them forever.
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05 Jul 2014 I take less than prescribed, but 1hr before bedtime with a gabapentin works wonderfully for me
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11 Sep 2012 Saved my life. Made me feel normal. Three bad breakdowns over 30 years. Last one, agitated depression. Suicidal, should have been hospitalized. Now though, after all these years, I feel I am dependent onthem, and hooked. Panic at the thought of not having them in my life.
   —Posted by Windy
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11 Sep 2012 Horrific! I was on the smallest dose. 10mg at night. Felt like I was a total zombie, vision became so bad I could hardly see at night time. Unlike some others, I didn't want to eat at all, the smell of food made me feel very sick. Dry moth bad to begin with. it did help with the pain but the side effects just to severe. This drug could be a blessing, if you're lucky enough to have low or no side effects. Didn't work for me though. Only took for 3 weeks, and the first 3 days were hard to get through after coming off them. All side effects stopped after about a week, and was surprised to see my hand tremors and balance were also much better.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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19 Apr 2012 I take amitripytine as a pain relief. It takes the edge off the pain but really makes no difference at all to be honest.
   —Posted by Ah Satan
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