24 patient evaluations for Elavil

Dec 15, 2018 (Started Apr 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for increased need for sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fluid retention weight gain, weight gain, slurred speech, hangover effect)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still have unexpected "depressive episodes" but they are b/c of my Major Depressive Disorder. (chemical imbalance in brain) Sometimes, I have to add an "extra" (100 mg) d/t lack of sleep/quality of sleep. But still think it's one of the best anti-depressants around. The ones that the pharmaceutical companies are cranking out have longer & longer side effects (Any advertised in magazine...takes up 3 pages!) Weight gain is something I have to fight with --along w/ post menopause, hypothyroidism, & clonazepam
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Apr 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for increased need for sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fluid retention weight gain, weight gain, slurred speech, hangover effect)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Feeling hung-over in the morning & sudden impact of sleepiness after taken; take. medication right before you have eaten & are ready for bed. Its still the best anti-depressant I've EVER tried!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Apr 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fluid retention weight gain, weight gain, slurred speech, hangover effect)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2017 (Started Apr 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fluid retention weight gain, weight gain, slurred speech, hangover effect)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 2, 2016 (Started Apr 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fluid retention weight gain, weight gain, slurred speech)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Elavil is becoming unfamiliar with psychiatrists these days; they seem to feel that the old tricylics don't work as well as all the SSRI's that are out there now. Personally, over the vast amount of years with my psychiatrist, we tried everything from A-Z......always came back to Elavil. The SSRI's had terrible side effects & did not work as well. I think it's been quite effective! The weight gain used to be bad until I was dxed w/ Type 2 Diabetes (not on medication/just diet & exercise & glucose monitoring daily) Now I've been losing weight.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 23, 2015 (Started Dec 17, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for circulation problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

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Oct 16, 2013 (Started Jul 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, sleeplessness, difficulty staying asleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: sleeplessness, depressed mood, difficulty staying asleep

Aug 9, 2011 (Started Jul 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (depressed mood, sleeplessness, difficulty staying asleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taking 1 to start with; changed to 2 to try to get better sleep - made me "depressed" and made sleeping even harder. Went back to 1 and have noticed decrease in pain again and easier to sleep with 1 full dose of sleeping pill.
Side effects: sleeplessness, depressed mood, difficulty staying asleep

Jul 13, 2011 (Started Jul 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (difficulty staying asleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Since taking this, the pain has definitely decreased. The one side effect I've noticed is my sleep isn't at restful at times. Some days the sleep is good, others not.
Side effects: sleeplessness, depressed mood, difficulty staying asleep

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