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Dr. James Krick
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Pamelor (Overview)

Pamelor is a secondary amine tricyclic which is a kind of tricyclic type drug (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug, atypical anti-psychotic drug).


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What is pamelor (nortriptyline) used for?

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

Dr. James Krick
39 doctors shared insights

Pamelor (Overview)

Pamelor is a secondary amine tricyclic which is a kind of tricyclic type drug (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug, atypical anti-psychotic drug).


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Is pamelor (nortriptyline) effective?

Is pamelor (nortriptyline) effective?

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. ...Read more

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I was wondering if anyone is prescribing pamelor (nortriptyline) for migraine headaches?

I was wondering if anyone is prescribing pamelor (nortriptyline) for migraine headaches?

YES: Pamelor is a tricyclic medication it is nortriptyline and a metabolite or breakdown product of the parent compound Amitriptyline (elavil). It may have fewer side effects as the metabolite. Start low and go up slowly per your physician's recommendations. ...Read more

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Can I use pamelor (nortriptyline) (anti-depressant) for fibromyalgia pain?

Can I use pamelor (nortriptyline) (anti-depressant) for fibromyalgia pain?

Yes: Pamelor (nortriptyline) is the trade name for nortryptilline. It is an older medication used for fibro. There are newer meds with fewer side effects but if this is working, keep on it and good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink and take pamelor (nortriptyline) (notriptyline) meds?

Is it safe to drink and take pamelor (nortriptyline) (notriptyline) meds?

Just be careful: If you have been taking nortriptyline at bedtime for awhile now and you have adjusted to it well, having a glass of wine or two at dinner should not pose problem. Since alcohol is a depressant, especially when more than 1-2 drinks, combination with meds that can cause drownsiness can be dangerous for driving etc..So, just be careful. Stay safe. Stay alive and don't drink and drive. Good luck. ...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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How much/ what type of magnesium should I take per day to help with chronic headaches? And is it safe to take with daily doses of pamelor and topamax (topiramate)?

How much/ what type of magnesium should I take per day to help with chronic headaches? And is it safe to take with daily doses of pamelor and topamax (topiramate)?

Unknown: Magnesium has never really been proven to help with headaches, but if you want to try it, i would try something like mag-ox 400 mg once or twice a day. This should be safe with Pamelor and topamax (topiramate). ...Read more

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Is pamelor (nortriptyline) effective?

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. ...Read more

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If I take pamelor/nortriptyline-(10mg)?

Pamelor (nortriptyline): Please clarify. What is it prescribed for?. ...Read more

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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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Is pamelor (nortriptyline) a good pain medication?

Is pamelor (nortriptyline) a good pain medication?

NO!: No. Pamelor (nortriptyline) is used to treat depression but if the pain is associated with or made worse by depression, the pain may decrease if depression responds to treatment with pamelor (nortriptyline). ...Read more

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If I take pamelor and nortriptyline together, is that ok?

Pamelor (nortriptyline): They are same medicine. Pamelor is brand & nortriptyline is generic. ...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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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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Is it okay to take Paxil (paroxetine) and Pamelor at the same time?

Is it okay to take Paxil (paroxetine) and Pamelor at the same time?

Caution: Paxil (paroxetine) + Pamelor may cause dry mouth, sedation, blurry vision and constipation. Discuss with prescribing doctor before combing to review side effects and drug interactions. Also, both meds are used for anxiety and depression so be clear that using both is necessary. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is pamelor (nortriptyline) the safest trycyclic for cardiac patients?

Is pamelor (nortriptyline) the safest trycyclic for cardiac patients?

Others preferred: In gereneral tricyclic antidepressants including Pamelor (nortriptyline) are relatively less safe than other classes of antidepressants. This is especially true if "cardiac disease" means recent (within approximately 6 months) heart attack. Zoloft (sertraline, an ssri) may be relatively safer. Untreated depression contributes to worsened prognosis for certain types of heart disease. ...Read more