I have been prescribed the medication called nortriptyline 10 mg because I have constant headaches and have not taken it yet. I have this fear of what or how it is going to react on me. Has anyone ever used this before for this reason? I have headaches every day and use excedrin. Back of neck along side of head on one side. Mostly when I lay down and then get up or wake up with one. What is the feeling on this medication. I take quite a few meds for diabetes and etc. Metformin, fenofibrate, simvastatin, glipizide, exedrin on a daily basis. He wants me to take one pill 1/2 hour before bedtime.Have had the meds for months now and just cant seem to get myself to do it
19 Sep 2010
Hi Barbaranna, I took nortryptaline for a short time for depression. If you decide to take the plunge and try it, be careful of your diet. Nortryp can make one crave carbs and sugar.
I hope this med makes your headaches go away! If you take it, please post again to let all of us know how it worked for headaches.
Best o' luck to you,
19 Sep 2010
I also have this same type of pain and headache and I have found that ice on the area at the back of your head /neck helps as much as anything else if not better, when you are just desperate for it to stop. Using the computer alot with my head bent over or reading with my head down, as well as using the same pillow 3 nights in a row tends to precede these headaches. I used to take amitriptyline for headaches ( just don't have a prescription for it now, but think I am going back on it soon) and amitriptyline is very similar to this. Take it at night as it might make you sleepy, unless your doctor says otherwise. This is a really low dose of it I think also. It may work great for you, I hope so, as these headaches are a real nuisance and tend to stay all day with me and sometimes it runs down my shoulder. Try switching pillows as well and flip it over if you wake in the night.
2 Nov 2010
my doctor prescribed nortrip for me just this past spring for my headaches. In the past, zoloft and cymbalta helped with my headaches while also treating my depression. the prozac I was prescribed didn't help with the headaches, so we tried the nortrip. 30mg dose helped and it's done pretty good at keeping my headaches at bay. Couldn't hurt to give it a try.
16 Jul 2011
I also suffer from headaches, migraines to be specific. Previously my PCP prescribed amitriptyline, which did not help, and then she referred me to a neurologist, who prescribed Topomax, which caused very bothersome side effects. Then I went to a new neurologist who prescribed nortriptyline and citalopram (I also suffer from depression) in addition to stopping hormonal birth control. I have noticed far less migraines since following this treatment plan, but I am not sure if it is the combination of the 3, one or both of the medications, or simply stopping the BC pills. I have noticed some bothersome side effects such as night sweats, vivid disturbing dreams, and drowsiness/tiredness. My neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist to take over the management of these medications, and when I told the psychiatrist about the tiredness, she just prescribed Wellbutrin.
I told her that I took that before and noticed short term increased energy, but it tapered off. She still recommended it, but I haven't started it yet. I have considered stopping the nortriptyline and citalopram and discontinuing seeing a psychiatrist (this is the 4th psychiatrist I've been to and I haven't liked any of them) and trying natural remedies, but for now I am still taking the 2 meds, in addition to sumatriptan as needed for migraine abortion. Hope you find something that helps you. Take care.
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