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Doctor insights on: Nortriptyline For Nerve Pain

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Are there any alternatives for pregablin, neurotin and nortriptyline for nerve pain headaches?

Are there any alternatives for pregablin, neurotin and nortriptyline for nerve pain headaches?

Depends.: Carbamazepine, topirimate, NSAIDS, steroids? You should discuss this with your neurologist who will know your condition and will be able to provide an integrated approach. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

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


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Is Nortriptyline used for neuropathy or nerve pain?

Is Nortriptyline used for neuropathy or nerve pain?

Of course: Combinations of nortriptyline with another psychoactive drug are frequently prescribed for treatment of continuous neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How long does it take nortryptiline to work for nerve pain?

Few Weeks: I would wait at least a few weeks before determining the effectiveness of most medications used to help treat nerve related pain issues. ...Read more

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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

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

Not advised: Because both drugs are nervous system depressants, there is a potential for at least an additive effect. Spacing out the medications and avoiding activities like driving or operating machinery would be a start. ...Read more

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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

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Would nortriptyline be helpful for neuropathy and tremors in the body from nerves?

Would nortriptyline be helpful for neuropathy and tremors in the body from nerves?

Yes, NO: It is often helpful for neuropathic pain, from neuropathy. But it is of no help for tremor, and may actually cause or worsen tremor (but it may not, as well). ...Read more

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How much weight gain is possible on nortriptyline? Is it worth going on for nerve issues/pain and neuropathy/tremors?

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 more

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I've stopped 2700mg gabapentin+50mg nortriptyline for nerve problem in neck. At night my feet r burning & itchy & I've not slept since stop 5 dys go?

Too fast: There are withdrawal symptoms and even the risk for seizures with abrupt stopping of both of those medications. I suggest you discuss this with your doctor today and have a plan for tonight. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My doctor prescribed nortriptyline 25 mg to take by mouth at bedtime for brain/ nerve damage. Is this effective?

FX of nortrip: This medicine helps make irritated nerves feel better. It is often used for neuropathy, headache prevention and after concussions. Its side effects are normally dry mouth, sleepiness, and sometimes dizziness. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor prescribed nortriptyline 25 mg to take by mouth at bedtime for brain/ nerve damage.?

Take it: I would suggest you take it as prescribed. It could have been prescribed for pain depression or sleep. talk to your doctor about what it is, what it is for and what to expect. ...Read more

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What does nerve pain feel like?

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 more

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Any cases of amytriptlene helping with nerve pain?

Any cases of amytriptlene helping with nerve pain?

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

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What kind of dr. Takes care of sciated nerve pain?

What kind of dr. Takes care of sciated nerve pain?

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 more

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What's the optimal online resource for diagnosing nerve pain?

What's the optimal online resource for diagnosing nerve pain?

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

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Is it okay to leave sciatia nerve pain untreated?

Is it okay to leave sciatia nerve pain untreated?

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 more

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What is the medical causes of hallucinations and nerve pain?

Quite a range: There are seventeen or so types of hallucinations, and most are classified by the sensory system they affect most. As these sensory systems are also powered by nerves, some of the conditions can make the nerve painful. Many differnt drugs can induce hallucinations, but so can certain types of brain degenerative disorders. Best to see a physician to cover this large territory. ...Read more

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How is ulnar nerve pain treated?

Several ways: First line treatment is protecting the nerve from the insult or injury. This may include bracing or padding the elbow. Pt is also effective to treat restriction and inflammation and improve nerve mobility. Injection is another option. Surgery is last but only with confirmed nerve injury through emg/ncs testing. ...Read more

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How to remove sciatica nerve pain?

How to remove sciatica nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What can you do for siatic nerve pain?

Depends on the cause: Any pain that runs down the buttock &/or back of the thigh is often labeled 'sciatic' pain. Truth is, there are many potential causes. The sciatic nerve or one of it's branches can be 'pinched' by a herniated disc, stuck vertebra, or piriformis muscle spasm. Many other causes such as referred pain from si ligament injury, too. A good history & physical, incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find/fix it. ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorder cause nerve pain?

No: But anxiety can be converted by the brain into somatic symptomatology which includes pain. Determining whether this is "nerve pain" or something else is best left to your neurologist or psychological therapist. ...Read more

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How can you relief sciatica nerve pain?

How can you relief sciatica nerve pain?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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How do I stop nerve pain in my tooth, now.

How do I stop nerve pain in my tooth, now.

See your dentist: To deterrnine the cause then it can be treated. ...Read more

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How do you relief for sciatica nerve pain?

How do you relief for sciatica nerve pain?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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What is a nerve pain down front of my thigh?

Nerve Entrapment: There are several possible causes for nerve pain in the front of the thigh. L2 and L3 lumbar disc herniation is a common cause. Other causes include femoral neuropathy, meralgia paresthetica, and obturator nerve entrapment. A good exam by your doctor to evaluate for weakness and loss of sensation is recommended. ...Read more

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What can you do to relief sciatica nerve pain?

What can you do to relief sciatica nerve pain?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...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


Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more