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Is Nortriptyline An Maoi
See below: Common mono amine oxidase inhibitors are parnate, (tranylcypromine) Marplan and nardil. There are many others available in other countries, and they are now used as generics. You can check for a list of them on a reputable web site. Maoi's are generally used to treat depression and some anxiety disorders.
Classified as a tricyclic antidepressant, and considered of modest benefit these days due to significant anti-cholinergic side effects (drowsiness, dizziness, dryness of mouth, blurring, and perhaps effect on bladder). Confusion may occur in older folks. Had some value in migraine prevention at one point. Used rarely these days as ...Read more
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.
See below: The following drugs are listed as maoi's: Emsam (selegiline); Marplan (isocarboxazid); Nardil (phenelzine); Parnate (tranylcypromine). The herbal supplement st john's wort is thought to be a mild maoi. Many drug interactions with these older psych meds; check with doc b4 mixing with anything else.See 1 more doctor answer
Older antidepressant: Classified as a tricyclic antidepressant, and considered of modest benefit these days due to significant anti-cholinergic side effects (drowsiness, dizziness, dryness of mouth, blurring, and perhaps effect on bladder). Confusion may occur in older folks. Had some value in migraine prevention at one point. Used rarely these days as better meds are available.See 1 more doctor answer
Side effects persist: Established blood level measuring and therapeutic ranges are available to guide dosing and provide feedback if doses threaten safety for example cardiac. Most abandon meds that provide significant side effects. They can be unpleasant but can cause various medical problems in their own right. Weight gain, dry eyes/mouth, urinary hesitancy, sedation, memory problems. All are reversible.
Talk w/psychiatrist: Before making this decision, please discuss it with the doctor who prescribed it for you (hopefully a psychiatrist). Together you need to review the initial problems you were having, and see where you are with them now. Otherwise these could return when the nortriptylene is tapered or stopped.
Yes, for some.: It is generally thought that antidepressants are equally effective in treating depression. Pamelor or nortriptyline, is a tricyclic antidepressants thought to have a "therapeutic window". This refers to a range of blood levels below and above which the medication is not thought as effective. However, the studies were done in inpatient settings and may not relate to outpatient settings.
Nortriptylene: Nortriptylene has some anticholinergic effects on your body, which can interfere with the functioning of your GI system. This may depend on dose, which can be adjusted. Please discuss with your physician. In the meantime, drink plenty of liquids (especially water) and make sure you have fiber in your diet (fresh veggies and fruits, etc).See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: This is a common side effect and this dose is often used for sleep medication.
Should be ok: No significant drug interactions found. Make sure to check with prescribing doctor.
Yes: Depending on the type of pain you are having. It works well for nerve type pain.
Usually not: Usually not. It is better to restore sleep and to address the trigger points.