What is Amitriptyline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant used for the treatment of depression. It may also be used for certain chronic and neuropathic (nerve) pain and for prevention of migraine headaches.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 1085 741
Fibromyalgia 996 638
Pain 947 619
Depressed mood 212 124
Migraine headaches 173 115

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 288
Moderate 426
Mild 566
None 719

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Amitriptyline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 185
Weight gain 130
Drowsiness 95
Sleepiness 61
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 51
Grogginess 47

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Amitriptyline

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 51
50 mg daily 45
10 mg daily 39
20 mg daily 19
30 mg daily 17
100 mg daily 15
75 mg daily 13
200 mg daily 6
150 mg daily 5
25 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Amitriptyline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 492
Side effects too severe 484
Doctor's advice 275
Other 179
Course of treatment ended 57
Personal research 55
Expense 15
Change in health plan coverage 11
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Duration

Currently taking Amitriptyline

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 71
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 55

Stopped taking Amitriptyline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 220
1 - 6 months 315
6 months - 1 year 183
1 - 2 years 151
2 - 5 years 190
5 - 10 years 64
10 years or more 41
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1596
Usually 243
Sometimes 74
Never taken as prescribed 86
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 90
Somewhat hard to take 125
A little hard to take 252
Not at all hard to take 1532
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 3
$50-99 13
$25-49 40
< $25 1033
Not specified 903

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Amitriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 16
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 16
Trazodone (Desyrel) 16
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 11
Zolpidem (Ambien) 11

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Patients stopped taking Amitriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 29
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 29
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 18
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14
Trazodone (Desyrel) 10

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153 patient evaluations for Amitriptyline

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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Nov 12, 2018 (Started Jul 08, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for excess saliva)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It works for me at drying up saliva.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 1, 2016 (Started Jul 08, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excess saliva)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily

Aug 15, 2015 (Started Jul 08, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for excess saliva)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily

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Jan 27, 2018 (Started Jan 22, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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