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Nortriptyline For Nerve Pain
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
Currently on nortriptyline but it has been making me have nightmares and hasn't been helping with my nerve pain. Can i just stop taking it?
Discuss with your Dr: You should not stop it abruptly, but do make the call to your doctor and put them on the same page and they can assist you getting off the medicine. ...Read more
Can i take 500mg methocarbamol with my usual 20mg nortriptyline for an unusually bad attack of trigeminal neuralgia? I have a dr appmt in 6 days
How do you know that your nerve problems are getting worse and what can I do to help it? On nortriptyline to help but so far it's not.
Call med prescriber.: If you are not feeling better on nortriptyline from the perspective of mood, sleep, appetite, and energy, then your depression may not be responding to this particular medication. I recommend that you talk with the prescriber of the nortriptyline about other potentially beneficial approaches that you have not yet tried and that may be different in how they treat depression. ...Read more
How much weight gain is possible on nortriptyline? Is it worth going on for nerve issues/pain and neuropathy/tremors?
Depends . . .: Weight gain is one of the common side effects of nortriptyline and its precursor, amitriptyline. How much weight you gain depends upon you, the individual. Same goes for whether its worth trying it to treat nerve issues as you've asked. Do your research & talk to your doc about all your options, especially risk vs benefit which varies from person to person & w/time & circumstance. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How to get off Nortriptyline (120 days @ 4 x 10 mg nightly) - to allay pain - ruptured L3/L4 disk on exiting nerve root. Taper 5 x 30, 5 x 20, 5 x 10?
Can stop quickly: No discontinuance sx --can stop with no problems ...Read more
My mom is takng gabapentin nd nortriptyline hydrochloride tab regularly fr nerve prob.any side effects on taking evryday and is it a painkiller tab?
No: Nortriptyline and Neuron tin can help with neuropathic pain but are not pain killers. They work best if you take it everyday. Nortriptyline is a sedating antidepressant and norepinephrine retake inhibitor. Common side effects are dry mouth, weight gain, sedation. Neurontin (gabapentin) is an anti seizure medication that works on the gaba receptor. It can also help with anxiety. Sedation most common side effec ...Read more
What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed nortriptyline 25 mg to take by mouth at bedtime for brain/ nerve damage.?
Nerve Pain: Nerve pain can express itself in a few different ways, depending on the location and cause of the nerve injury or damage. Increased sensitivity at the skin area served by the damaged nerve is common. Numbness along the path of the damaged nerve may be constant or intermittent. Discomfort may occur with a stabbing sensation or a burning sensation and may increase with movement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Might work: Amitryptyline is a rather old drug, but years ago was used for trigeminal neuralgia, migraine headache, shingles, etc. Likely would help modestly, but has substantial anti-cholinergic side effects, and newer agents such as Lyrica (pregabalin) seem better tolerated and more efficacious. ...Read more
There are many: Generally it is good to start with your primary care physician who may evaluate the signs and symptoms and determine if indeed it is sciatica or something more serious. The pcp may initiate medications and physical therapy. They may also start the imaging process with MRI scans. If there is a herniated disc or stenosis they may refer you to a spine specialist (orthopedic or neurosurgery). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be careful: Self diagnosis and the general web information can be dangerous. I would turn to your healthcare provider, webmd or simply healthtap as resources to learn from. ...Read more
Usually Improves: Typically it improves within 3-6 weeks on its own as your body heals. If it continues then many different things can happen, chronic pain/numbness, muscle wasting from disuse or atrophy from significant nerve compression. In more severe cases, things like bowel/bladder incontinence or even paralysis can ensue. Would suggest seeing your doctor if you are not improving after 3-4 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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