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I struggle with ocd/negative thoughts constantly. would a low dose of aventyl (nortriptyline) help this? what other medications help?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really.

Aventyl or Pamelor may help with depression and anxiety but the standard of treatment of OCD is usually a higher than usual dosage of antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Anafranil, Paxil (paroxetine) or Lexapro.
You and your psychiatrist may have to work diligently as to what medication and dosage will control your OCD.

In brief: Not really.

Aventyl or Pamelor may help with depression and anxiety but the standard of treatment of OCD is usually a higher than usual dosage of antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Anafranil, Paxil (paroxetine) or Lexapro.
You and your psychiatrist may have to work diligently as to what medication and dosage will control your OCD.
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: Better choices

SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, on Lexapro (escitalopram) are always top shelf treatment for anxiety.
The medication you mention is a tricyclic antidepressant with cardiac side effects possible. Ask your physician about the main and side effects and risks and benefits of these medications. Take care.

In brief: Better choices

SSRIs such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, on Lexapro (escitalopram) are always top shelf treatment for anxiety.
The medication you mention is a tricyclic antidepressant with cardiac side effects possible. Ask your physician about the main and side effects and risks and benefits of these medications. Take care.
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