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I have IBS & I'm taking nortriptyline for headaches. Does nortriptyline have any affects on ibs? Feel more constipated. But have diaherra now & then

I have IBS & I'm taking nortriptyline for headaches. Does nortriptyline have any affects on ibs? Feel more constipated. But have diaherra now & then

Neurotransmitters: There are more nts in the gut than in the brain. It should come as no surprise then that taking a medication that affects NT levels can affect ibs... ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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Nortriptyline (Definition)

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


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Diagnosed with IBS - cramping and constipation. Was prescribed nortrypline-no relief. Alternatives?

Diagnosed with IBS - cramping and constipation. Was prescribed nortrypline-no relief. Alternatives?

Fiber supplements: One of the most effective treatments for IBS is to take a psyllium supplement (metamucil, citrocel) daily with water or juice. ...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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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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What would you consider a too high of a dose of nortriptyline?

What would you consider a too high of a dose of nortriptyline?

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. ...Read more

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Should I taper 25mgs of nortriptyline? I was on it for 6 years.

Should I taper 25mgs of nortriptyline? I was on it for 6 years.

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. ...Read more

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What is pamelor (nortriptyline) used for?

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What is pamelor (nortriptyline) used for?

Pamelor (nortriptyline): Is an old tricyclic antidepressant used for depression, sleep, headache prophylaxis and some neurological ailments with pain. ...Read more

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Can nortriptyline help with neuropathic pain?

Can nortriptyline help with neuropathic pain?

Combination: Combinations of nortriptyline with another psychoactive drug are also available for treatment of continuous neuropathic pain disorders. ...Read more

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Why does nortriptyline cause weight gain in people?

Why does nortriptyline cause weight gain in people?

Several: This is tca which cause dry mouth, confused with hunger (use sugar free gum and candy and floride rinse and drink water). Calming effect may reduce metabolism- counter with exercise and better diet. ...Read more

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Can Nortriptyline and Gabapentin be taken together?

Can Nortriptyline and Gabapentin be taken together?

Yes: Gabapentin has few if any drug-drug interactions, but since both could cause side effect of drowsiness or dizziness, and this could be very additive, you might be at risk driving or using power equipment. Check your status with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of pamelor (nortriptyline)?

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What are the side effects of pamelor (nortriptyline)?

Pamelor (nortriptyline): Depends on dose, some sedation, dry mouth, constipation, dry eyes and skin. ...Read more

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Could quetiapine increase blood levels of nortriptyline?

Could quetiapine increase blood levels of nortriptyline?

Cardiac possible: Not so much on the change in blood levels but more concerning is the increased risk of heart rhythm problems, sometimes dangerous, by prolonging a portion of the ECG called the "QT interval". ...Read more

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Does taking pamelor (nortriptyline) make you lose weight?

Does taking pamelor (nortriptyline) make you lose weight?

Not usually: Pamelor (nortriptyline) can cause weight gain. However, depression can cause weight loss or weight gain so treating depression can possibly cause the opposite to happen. ...Read more

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Can I take pamelor (nortriptyline) and feverfew together?

Most likely, yes.: There is little research on feverfew, as it is an herbal, but from what is known about it, it does not act in the same way that Pamelor (nortriptyline) does, so there should not be an interaction. ...Read more

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How severe is the reaction between albuterol and nortriptyline?

How severe is the reaction between albuterol and nortriptyline?

Nortrip & Albuterol: That depends upon many things, like the dose of nortriptyline and if albuterol is being used daily or only as needed. The most significant interaction to look for is qt prolongation, or other heart arrhythmias. It is important to do careful screening for heart disease. Monitoring with blood levels of nortriptyline and routine ekg's may also be advised. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Nortriptyline allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Nortriptyline allergy?

Nortriptyline: Nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl HCl) is a is a tricyclic antidepressant used in the treatment of depression. Allergic reactions could include swelling of tongue, throat, lips, mouth, face, hives or difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about nortriptyline? Can it help my depression?

What can you tell me about nortriptyline? Can it help my depression?

Antidepressant: Nortryptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It was sold under the trade names of Pamelor (nortriptyline) and Aventyl. It is an effective medication. However, it has more side effect potential than the SSRI antidepressants. ...Read more

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Can you take nortriptyline while pregnant? I take 75mg for my dysautonomia.

Can you take nortriptyline while pregnant? I take 75mg for my dysautonomia.

If necessary: Ideally patients should take no medications in the first trimester of pregnancy. All antidepressants are recommended to use with caution. You and your doctor should assess the risk-benefit ratio. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Nortriptyline, can it cause a lot of weight gain?

What are the side effects of Nortriptyline, can it cause a lot of weight gain?

Nortriptyline s/e: Common side effects are dry mouth, sedation, constipation, and increased appetite. If weight gain occurs, it is gradual and dose-related. You may have no weight gain, but monitor your weight. Tell prescribing doctor if you are gaining weight, you want to stop this med and ask for alternative one not associated with weight gain. Weight gain from nortriptyline is reversible upon stopping med. ...Read more

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If taking nortriptyline can you be heat/sun sensitive. Does it mske you burn easier?

If taking nortriptyline can you be heat/sun sensitive. Does it mske you burn easier?

It can: The drug may make you more sun sensitive. Use minimal SPF 15. And monitor yourself in the sun. To avoid major problem. Best to cover up while in the sun. Everyone is different though. ...Read more

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What dose of anafranil (clomipramine) is equivalent to 150 mg of nortriptyline, thank you?

What dose of anafranil (clomipramine) is equivalent to 150 mg of nortriptyline, thank you?

300 mg of anafranil (clomipramine): 150 mg if Nortryptyline equals to 300 mg of Anafranil (clomipramine). ...Read more

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Does a 10mg does of aventyl (nortriptyline) have side effects or is it fairly safe? I have been told this dose is very mild.

Does a 10mg does of aventyl (nortriptyline) have side effects or is it fairly safe? I have been told this dose is very mild.

Nortriptyline: Hi, yes it is very small dose but you might still develop some side effects like dry mouth, constipation, nausea, drowsiness in first couple of weeks but those will go away. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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