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A 70-year-old female asked:

how should i wean off 25 mgs nortriptylene?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Wean off nortriptyle: Only after discussing with your doctor and weaning very slowly.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not needed.: Should be able to stop it directly.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
See below: Discuss it with your prescribing doc - the consequence of weaning off is not only whether there is withdrawal but also what conditions will be left untreated or drug interactions not accounted for.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How common is nortriptyline used now?

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Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Med : It is still commonly used.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Nortriptyline - how long does it take to notice that it is helping?

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Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Depends : Depending on the dose. I have had some patients respond after the first dose and some respond after a few days.
A 36-year-old member asked:

My doctor recently prescribed nortriptyline for my headaches. Why?

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Dr. Mark Tosca
Urgent Care 20 years experience
Experience: Nortriptyline which as you may know is a tricyclic anti-depressant. Amitriptyline also a tricyclic has been shown to be effective for headache prevention. Often medications which are developed for one condition are discovered later to be effective for others. That is the case here with amitriptyline.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Could nortriptyline be ruining my life?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Nortriptylene: Generally a doctor would prescribe an antidepressant like nortriptylene to help someone's life, not ruin it. Depression itself can ruin a life! but this medicine can also bring side effects like rapid heart rate, dry mouth, constipation, and sexual problems. If you're having symptoms you think may be related to this medicine, it's time to discuss it with your doctor. Other options are available.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

Nortriptyline how do you stop taking it?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Not advised: Please do not stop your antidepressant without checking with the prescribing physician. Many conditions that nortriptyline (pamelor) are used to treat tend to recur, especially if the medication is stopped too quickly. Abrupt discontuation of nortriptyline can result in nausea, headache and insomnia and uncommonly even delirium/psychosis. The taper would depend on dose and duration of treatment.

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