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Doctor insights on: Taking Nortriptyline For Shingles How Should I Wean Off

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I have been taking 25 milligram nortriptyline now weaning down,is it okay to use 2-10 mg capsules are do it have to be tablets weaning down off?

I have been taking 25 milligram nortriptyline now weaning down,is it okay to use 2-10 mg capsules are do it have to be tablets weaning down off?

Depends: My official answer would be, whoever told you to wean off, what were their instructions? On the other hand, you are on a very low dose at this time and going from 25mg to 20mg is unlikely to cause harm. ...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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How is someone to wean off of pamelor (nortriptyline) when they take the lowest dose 25 milligrams per night so not to get nauseated and muscle cramps?

How is someone to wean off of pamelor (nortriptyline) when they take the lowest dose 25 milligrams per night so not to get nauseated and muscle cramps?

Taper dose: Pamelor (nortriptyline) comes in 10 mg cap so you can decrease slowly to 20 mg (two 10 mg capsules) or to 10 mg. Or you can take the 25 mg cap every other night. Discuss with prescribing doctor who knows you best and should supervise any Pamelor (nortriptyline) dose changes. You should have no withdrawal problems with a slow taper. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed 600mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) 3x/per day for shingles. The pain is bearable now and I would like to wean off. How do I do it?

I have been prescribed 600mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) 3x/per day for shingles.  The pain is bearable now and I would like to wean off.  How do I do it?

See below: You should wean to 300/ 600/600, then 300/300/600, then 300/ 0/300, then 0/0/ 300, then off.
Each change should be 3 days. ...Read more

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How should I wean off 25 mgs nortriptylene?

Wean off nortriptyle: Only after discussing with your doctor and weaning very slowly. ...Read more

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Nortriptyline how do you stop taking it?

Nortriptyline how do you stop taking it?

Not advised: Please do not stop your antidepressant without checking with the prescribing physician. Many conditions that nortriptyline (pamelor) are used to treat tend to recur, especially if the medication is stopped too quickly. Abrupt discontuation of nortriptyline can result in nausea, headache and insomnia and uncommonly even delirium/psychosis. The taper would depend on dose and duration of treatment. ...Read more

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What happens when I stop taking nortriptyline?

What happens when I stop taking nortriptyline?

Do not stop suddenly: Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant, available only by prescription. It can make you dizzy or drowsy. Your doctor should monitor your use regularly. Do not stop use suddenly, your doctor will need to decrease you dose gradually before you stop it completely. You may need to stop using it several days before you have surgery. Let any doctor or dentist who treats you know about it. ...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 cause the opposite to happen. ...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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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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I have been taking nortriptyline HCl 25 mgs for 2 weeks now at bedtime as instructed. Also, 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) per day. When will I notice results?

I have been taking nortriptyline HCl 25 mgs for 2 weeks now at bedtime as instructed. Also, 1 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) per day. When will I notice results?

Depends on symptoms: If you are taking the nortriptyline for depression then 2 weeks or 1month and then re-evaluate. For anxiety disorder take 1 month and then reevaluate. More times than not an increase of dosage is needed and a longer period on the medication, 8 to 10 weeks before resolution or improvement of anxiety symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink lemon balm tea if your taking nortriptyline?

Yes: It shouldn't be a problem if used in moderation. Lemon balm is very mild. ...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

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Is it safe to keen taking nortriptyline if you have c diff? Being that nortriptyline makes me constipated

Is it safe to keen taking nortriptyline if you have c diff? Being that nortriptyline makes me constipated

Chances are high : That if you have c. Difficile, you may be having bouts of diarrhea. So you may not be absorbing much of your nortriptyline anyways to be constipated. You might want to contact your doctor to let them know you're having this problem, if they don't already know. So that they can advise you best on what to do. ...Read more

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What is the half-life of nortriptyline 50mg?

What is the half-life of nortriptyline 50mg?

Long time: The Half life of nortriptyline is a huge range....roughly 16-90 hrs. It could therefore, take as long as 8-10 days for the body to clear an entirely full dose from the person. ...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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Nortriptyline and propranolol, what's the difference?

Nortriptyline and propranolol, what's the difference?

Apples to Oranges: Nortriptyline is tricyclic antidepressants and propranolol is beta-blocker. Propranolol the first drug of this class approved for preventing chronic migraine. ...Read more

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

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

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Nortriptyline 10mg and drowsiness, is this normal?

Nortriptyline 10mg and drowsiness, is this normal?

Yes: This is a common side effect and this dose is often used for sleep medication. ...Read more

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Will taking apo-nortriptyline helped treat fibromyalgia symptoms?

Will taking apo-nortriptyline helped treat fibromyalgia symptoms?

usually not: Usually not. It is better to restore sleep and to address the trigger points. ...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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Been taking nortriptyline for headaches. Almost a year on it. 40mg before bed. Headaches are better but waking up in mornin & feelin alive is hard?

Been taking nortriptyline for headaches. Almost a year on it. 40mg before bed. Headaches are better but waking up in mornin & feelin alive is hard?

Side effect possibly: I'd check with your doctor to check into the possibility of the medication causing a side effect that you are not comfortable with and to see if an option exists. I think nortriptyline works very well in many patients to control chronic headaches but certainly I have a number who do not tolerate it well and we have to switch them to something else. Many options so I'm hopeful you'll find one ...Read more

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Effects of nortriptyline hydrochloride?

Effects of nortriptyline hydrochloride?

Complicated: This tca antidepressant can also treat pain & enuresis. May work by increasing norepinephrine & serotonin. It is also antihistaminic. Common side effects (se's) include dry mouth, sedation, constipation, blurry vision & increased appetite. May increase suicidal ideation in a few patients. Should be monitored by md if there is a history of heart problems or suicidal behaviors. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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