Nortriptyline belongs to class of tricyclic antidepressants. It works by affecting the chemicals present in your brain that may get imbalanced in people suffering from depression. It is basically used to treat various symptoms of depression. The generic name is Nortriptyline and brand name is Aventyl HCl and pamelor.
In case you have used MAO inhibitor in last 14 days, then avoid using this medicine.
In some cases people often get suicidal thoughts when they take the medicine for the first time. Your doctor will ask you to visit regularly in order to monitor the progress while you are on Nortriptyline. Your care givers or family members should be alert and monitor mood changes or related symptoms.
Report in case of any worsening or new symptoms to your health care provider like behavioural changes or mood changes, trouble sleeping, feel impulsive, hostile, agitated, irritable, panic attacks, anxiety, restless, aggressive, hyperactive or more depressed, suicidal thoughts or thinking about hurting yourself.
Avoid using Nortriptyline if
- you recently had an heart attack
- you are allergic to some similar antidepressant like clomipramine, amoxapine, doxepin, Amitriptyline, trimipramine or imipramine
- you are allergic to specific seizure medications like oxcarbazepine, rufinamide, , eslicarbazepine,carbamazepine,
Avoid using Nortriptyline if you have used MAO in last 14 days like , linezolid, isocarboxazid ,methylene blue injection, selegiline, rasagiline, tranylcypromine, phenelzine as it can result in serious drug interactions.
To ensure if Nortriptyline is safe for you or not, speak to your health care provider and let him know if are suffering from
- heart disease, have a history of heart stroke, heart attack or seizures
- liver disease
- thyroid disorder
- urination problems
- glaucoma (narrow angle)
- mental illness or schizophrenia
- bipolar disorder
Use Nortriptyline as prescribed by your doctor. Read the label and follow the directions. Your doctor can change your dose very often to get positive results. Do not use Nortriptyline in high doses or for a prolonged period.
If you are undergoing a surgery, inform your doctor in advance that you are taking Nortriptyline. You might need to stop taking the medicine for some time. Do not stop using Nortriptyline suddenly as you can experience unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Consult your physician to know how to stop taking the medicine safely.
It takes a couple of weeks to see improvement in symptoms of depression. Keep taking the medicine as prescribed by your doctor and if the symptoms do not improve, let your doctor know about it.
Store the medicine away from heat and moisture in a room temperature.
Is Nortriptyline addictive?
Nortriptyline is not addictive, but halting use of Nortriptyline can result in withdrawal symptoms like nausea and headache. So speak to your doctor as he can adjust the doses and slowly decrease the dose before you actually quit Nortriptyline. This will help you avoid unwanted withdrawal symptoms.