17 patient evaluations for Amitriptyline taken for the purpose of 'insomnia' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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Oct 23, 2010 (Started Feb 04, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), grogginess, mood changes)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I had been taking this drug as a sleeping pill for insomnia as I can't take sleeping pill due to bad reactions to them. I am very sensitive to drugs and especially this one. I could only take 1/4 of the recommended dose to sleep through the night or I'd be sleeping for a few days. This worked fine for a while but all of a sudden I started getting bad reactions from this drug.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess, mood changes, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Jul 25, 2010 (Started Feb 04, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), grogginess, mood changes)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: this would be a fairly good treatment except for the drowsiness it causes in the morning. I used this drug as a sleeping pill because I'm very sensitive to it. I would take a quarter of this pill to give me a drowsiness to be able to fall asleep.A whole pill would knock me out for 2 days! but all of a sudden I started having bad reactions to taking the quarter of a pill. I would feel really strange and almost suicidal or something like that , strange thoughts would go through my head and then I would have pain in my stomache, weird feelings in my head and shortness of breath and was unable to sleep until the drug lost it's power. I really don't understand it because sometimes it does it and sometimes it doesn't. I think if I have to use it to often I do get a reaction but If I haven't used it in a long time, like a few months then I don't get a reaction.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess, mood changes, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Jun 4, 2009 (Started Feb 04, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), grogginess, mood changes)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Good for insomnia to help you sleep through the night if your not too sensitive to it. Good for when you wake up and can't go back to sleep. Keeps you drowsy so you can fall back to sleep fast. bad if you need to do something important in the morning.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess, mood changes, excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 16, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 11, 2010 (Started Feb 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 24, 2009 (Started Dec 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (grogginess in morning, bad dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: get at least 8 hours of sleep after taking meds otherwise you'll get sick
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: grogginess in morning, bad dreams, unrefreshing or poor sleep

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 6, 2009 (Started Oct 26, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth, tiredness, grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, grogginess, dry mouth

Jun 22, 2009 (Started Oct 26, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tiredness, grogginess, dry mouth

Feb 9, 2009 (Started Oct 26, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take this medication when necessary but I have halved the dose
Side effects: tiredness, grogginess, dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

May 11, 2009 (Started Feb 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drug interaction with Neurontin, shakiness

Apr 13, 2009 (Started Feb 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (shakiness, drug interaction with Neurontin)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drug interaction with Neurontin, shakiness

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 4, 2008 (Started Dec 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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