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Nortriptyline Antidepressant : Pamelor

Brand Name : Pamelor

NORTRIPTYLINE (Pamelor®) is an antidepressant. Nortriptyline can help to lift your spirits by treating your depression. Generic nortriptyline capsules are not yet available. Nortriptyline is in a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Nortriptyline affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression.

Uses of Nortriptyline

  • Nortriptyline is used to relieve symptoms of depression such as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or guilt; loss of interest in daily activities; changes in appetite; tiredness; sleeping too much; insomnia; and thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Nortriptyline may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
  • This medication is a tricyclic antidepressant used for short-term treatment of various forms of depression. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.

How to Take Nortriptyline

  • ake each dose with a full glass (8 oz) of water.
  • It may be 4 weeks or more before you start to feel better, but do not stop taking nortriptyline without first talking to your doctor.

What are the Side Effects of Nortriptyline Medication

Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
  • drowsiness or dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • nervousness
  • weight gain
  • headache

Warnings and precautions before taking Nortriptyline Medication

  • Do NOT discontinue this medicine abruptly.
  • Elderly patients generally should avoid it because of an increase in dizziness and falls.
  • This medication causes dryness of the mouth. Because continuing dryness of the mouth may increase the risk of dental disease, alert your dentist that you are taking nortriptyline.· This medication may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight than it is normally. Even brief exposure to sunlight may cause a skin rash, itching, redness or other discoloration of the skin, or severe sunburn. This medication may affect blood sugar levels of diabetic individuals. If you notice a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests, check with your doctor.
  • Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. The doctor may want you to reduce the amount you are taking gradually in order to reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms such as headache, nausea, and/or an overall feeling of discomfort.

What drugs may interact with Nortriptyline Tablet

Possible drug interactions may occur with phenobarbital causing a decrease in the effect of the medications. Severe blood pressure problems and seizure can occur with taken with MAO inhibitors.

What to do if you take Overdose of Nortriptyline ?

Symptoms of an nortriptyline overdose include:

  • seizures
  • confusion
  • drowsiness
  • agitation
  • hallucinations
  • low blood pressure (dizziness, fatigue, fainting).

How to Store Nortriptyline ?

Nortriptyline should be stored below 86°F (30°C) in a tight, light resistant container. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


 

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