Top 20 Doctor insights on: Nortriptyline

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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Nortriptyline (Overview)

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.


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What is nortriptyline withdrawal symptoms and. About how long does they last?

What is nortriptyline withdrawal symptoms and. About how long does they last?

As above: Nortryptyline is tricyclics anti depressant and need to be written by physician. Discuss u question with u prescriber. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
246 Doctors shared insights

Nortriptyline (Overview)

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.


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How common is nortriptyline used now?

How common is nortriptyline used now?

Nortriptyline: Most tricyclic antidepressants' use in psychiatry has declined since ssris and snris were introduced, with fewer side effects at therapeutic doses to treat depression. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: nortriptyline?

Please describe the medication: nortriptyline?

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. ...Read more

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My doctor recently prescribed nortriptyline for my headaches. Why?

My doctor recently prescribed nortriptyline for my headaches. Why?

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. ...Read more

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Is taking pamelor nortriptyline (generic name) 10 mg at bedtime effective?

Is taking pamelor nortriptyline (generic name) 10 mg at bedtime effective?

Pamelor (nortriptyline): At that low dose, not effective for depression, although other conditions ncan be helped, such as neurogenic pain and sleep. ...Read more

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Can I take 40 mg of nortriptyline a day and be pregnant safely if it is necessary that I take it?

Can I take 40 mg of nortriptyline a day and be pregnant safely if it is necessary that I take it?

Generally safe: That is a low dose of nortriptyline and tricyclics are generally safe in pregnancy. There is a pregnancy infomation service at uconn, ct that keeps up to date info about the risks of meds in pregnancy. A recent study in europe found a small increased risk of miscarriage with antidepressants, but it was the same as in woman untreated who had depression/anxiety. ...Read more

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I take nortriptyline 50 m my doc wants me to start Lexapro (escitalopram) now. Should i?

I take nortriptyline 50 m my doc wants me to start Lexapro (escitalopram) now. Should i?

Contraindicated?: Because they both can elevate serotonin levels additive side effects can occur. Benefits must outweigh the risks - and the side effects must be carefully monitored. Serotonin syndrome symptoms include: agitation, diarrhea, incoordination, vomiting, increased heart rate, nausea/vomiting, increased blood pressure, and hallucinations. Nortriptyline blood levels could be monitored to prevent toxicity. ...Read more

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About how long will jaw muscle restlessness (side effect of pamelor, nortriptyline) last after last dose was taken? It has been over a day still tight

About how long will jaw muscle restlessness (side effect of pamelor, nortriptyline) last after last dose was taken? It has been over a day still tight

Several wks: It depands on what dose of nortriptyline you were on and if it started after you were started on this new medicine, if you have any history of it before (tardive dyskinesia)
as a referance I checked on uptodate. Com which is an authetic site for physicians and it says it might take upto several wks & do not require specific treatment but I would chk with my physician, just to be on the safeside. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of nortriptyline?

What are the side effects of nortriptyline?

Nortriptylene: Nortriptylene is a tricyclic antidepressant. It can cause dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, and increased sweating. For more info: http://tinyurl. Com/p5qsyp6. ...Read more

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How long does it take for nortriptyline. 25 mg a night for 6years to get out of your system? Can you stop them cold turkey?

How long does it take for nortriptyline. 25 mg a night for 6years to get out of your system? Can you stop them cold turkey?

Yes: 25 mg is the minimum dose. Even if you have been taking it for many years, the only negative effect would be trouble sleeping since that is what you were taking it for in the first place. ...Read more

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How long does nortriptyline withdrawl last? Was on it since 2012 for phn, and will I ever sleep again?

How long does nortriptyline withdrawl last? Was on it since 2012 for phn, and will I ever sleep again?

Check out these: Links. Take care! Http://m.huffpost. Com/us/entry/1072807. http://www. Well. Com/~mick/insomnia/ http://www. Christopherhobbs. Com/website/library/articles/article_files/herbs_for_insomnia. Html. Http://www. M.webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/blissing-out-10-relaxation-techniques-reduce-stress-spot. ...Read more

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Been taking nortriptyline 50mg for 3 days and suffering from dry bitter mouth. Will this side effect go away and how long will it last?

Been taking nortriptyline 50mg for 3 days and suffering from dry bitter mouth. Will this side effect go away and how long will it last?

Nortriptylene: Dry mouth is one of the side effects of most tricyclic antidepressants, including nortriptylene. Some of this may dissipate over the next couple of weeks or so. You can sip water; suck on ice chips; suck on sugarless candy; breathe through nose, not mouth; consider a moisturizing mouth spray. If the dry mouth continues, you'll want to be even more attentive to dental hygiene. ...Read more

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Could nortriptyline be ruining my life?

Could nortriptyline be ruining my life?

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. ...Read more

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Does tizanidine HCl interact with nortriptyline?

Does tizanidine HCl interact with nortriptyline?

Yes, it can: From www. Drugs. Com

using tizanidine together with nortriptyline may increase side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to mix nortriptyline and sulfamethoxazole?

Can it be possible for you to mix nortriptyline and sulfamethoxazole?

Nortriptylene levels: There's possibility of heart rhythm disturbances -- specifically, qt prolongation -- with this combination. Your doctor may want to check your nortriptylene levels if this combination absolutely needs to be given. ...Read more

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I have gone cold turkey off 100mg nortriptyline now on day 5. how much longer can I expect withdrawal symtoms (disturbed sleep, dizzy, wierd tingling)?

I have gone cold turkey off 100mg nortriptyline now on day 5. how much longer can I expect withdrawal symtoms (disturbed sleep, dizzy, wierd tingling)?

Not a good idea!: Never is a good idea to "cold turkey" stop a medication, especially on your own w/o your Doctors guidance. The "withdrawal symptoms" days will depend on how long you have taking it, the longer the more days you will need. The concerning part is that the problem you started taking the medication for, like depression, could crash you and some people have become suicidal. Call your physician ASAP! ...Read more

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Can I drink lemon balm tea if I'm taking nortriptyline 40mg at night? How many cups a day?

Can I drink lemon balm tea if I'm taking nortriptyline 40mg at night? How many cups a day?

Drug interactions: There seem to be no overt interactions however I advise moderation with any supplements and to always run things by your regular doctor regarding different herbal teas/ supplements. ...Read more