User Reviews for Nortriptyline

Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor

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9.0

nortriptyline for Pain: Who knew that a popular non surgical procedure involving the banding of my hemorrhoids would result in neuropathic pain. The pain in my rectum was relentless and unbearable, their was no doubt that nerves were affected. Nortriptyline was prescribed and while not perfect it has taken away a majority of my pain. I would recommend to anyone suffering from nerve pain to consider taking this medication, but you have to be patient it may take a few months to work. Don't let pain run your life! Suffering is optional, you do have a choice.

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April 22, 2014 5:02 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Pain: I have been taking nortriptline for a little over a month now and have found it has helped in several areas of my life. I have been suffering from headaches for over 10 years due to nerve trauma from a wisdom tooth extraction. I have been on every medication under the sun and then some. Usually strong narcotics and several at a time with no real results at all. I have also suffered from chronic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I happened to see a doctor not my own who asked if I would be willing to try it. Why not can't hurt was my thought. I am so grateful for his suggestion, I have stopped taking the narcotics and anxiety/depression medicines. I am currently at 50mg going to start 60mg with no side effects other than dry mouth.

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March 26, 2014 12:37 AM
Review by Lia Loca (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I'm a disabled vet due to migraines and have been on many medicines to both prevent and treat. I have botox injections every 90 days and a constant supply of Imitrex injections to which I take approx 8 times a months. I notice a HUGE difference when taking the nortriptyline (75mg a night). I love that it helps me sleep. I just can't forget to take it, if I do: hello migraine.

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March 10, 2014 2:55 PM
Review by whispy: User Rating:  
   
6.0

nortriptyline for Pain: I was prescribed this to help with my back pain after nearly everything else failed and amitriptyline made me like a zombie. Regrettably, it's had very little effect on my back pain, and it doesn't really help with sleeping - it has however worked wonders for the horrendous "nerve end" sensitivity I was experiencing meaning I couldn't allow my dogs to sit alongside me, never mind touching me.

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March 2, 2014 8:25 PM
Review by Maedie: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Pain: Three years ago, after a hospitalization for a severe ischemic colitis episode, I had severe and unremitting nerve pain. I tried gabapentin which did work initially. After about 6 months, the pain gradually returned. I then was put on 10 mg of nortriptyline, which was like a miracle, no more pain. I take it at night and have no residual effects the next day. I wish I had tried it sooner!

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February 20, 2014 7:19 PM
Review by camping008 (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
6.0

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: 2 or 3 weeks in with 25mg Nortriptyline at bedtime. Migraines seem reduced, but it has had an unbearable effect on my ACID REFLUX. As long as I eat healthy and avoid trigger foods, I do not take an acid reducer such as omeprazole, but I will need to take it if I continue the Nortriptyline. I tried this medicine about a year ago, but stopped taking because of heartburn. My doctor said it was not associated with heartburn, but now I have been taking for the 2nd time and gotten a huge flare-up of heartburn again. I am convinced that for me it is the medicine and not a coincidence now.

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February 19, 2014 10:48 PM
Review by CAGR: User Rating:  
   
6.0

nortriptyline for Pain: I'm 34 yrs old, military for 10 years as a grunt so automatically pain in every joint possible. I've also had two serious incidents in combat and two vehicle accidents in the states. I have been on everything I think, no help so far and recently 3 months ago put on stepped into nortriptolyne 50 mg along with gabapentin. I must say I'm a bit better as I'm not on bed rest as I used to not be able to get up. I have also been forced to carry a Tens unit which helps with spasms along with Robaxin and at times have to take Norco when it gets bad. I'm hoping for the best and hoping to just be on one pill or none soon. Oh, and therapy weekly. So far I can only say : I think nortriptyline helps.

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February 18, 2014 5:03 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I'm a 47yo male who has suffered from migraines for about 30years. They have increased in frequency and duration over the last 2years to the point where I sought preventive therapy. I tried propanolol, various muscle relaxers and most recently nortriptyline. I started with 10mg taken at bedtime with little relief. Eventually, increased dose to 75mg and am happy to report migraines have decreased from 2-3 week to 2/mo. Still have to stay away from triggers such as alcohol and chocolate. Only side effect seems to be short term memory loss.

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January 13, 2014 8:08 PM
Review by Bigkid51 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: My personal experience was that this medicine, it worked very well for my nerve pain. I did not have full motion of my neck on my right side and had severe pain in my arm and shoulder area. Medicine took a few weeks to build up in my system but I no longer have any pain and now have full motion in my neck. Downside is that I am a little groggy when I wake up. This medicine has allowed me to return back to work without pain.

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January 8, 2014 1:29 PM
Review by Pain free pleasure: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Pain: 12 years of severe facial pain and misdiagnosed on numerous occasions with sinus infections. Multiple trips to the dentist, root canals, extractions, teeth fillings removed and replaced with porcelain ones. Septoplasty by ENT specialist. Numerous doses of Antibiotics and tramadol for pain. I told all this to a doctor that listened and he turned to my and said "You have trigeminal neuralgia". I was given Gabapentin, which didn't work. Went back and was put on Nortriptyline. After 12 years I am pain free.

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December 17, 2013 6:55 PM
Review by watts52 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Pain: I've been on Nortriptyline for about a year. I was having problems falling and staying asleep. After a week or so I realized that it helped with my nerve pain in my back and neck. It was amazing, I was able to wean myself off of prescription Motrin (600-800 Mg) several times a day for 24 years. I take 30 mg nortriptyline before bed. For those of you who feel out of it, you must take it with the intent of getting a full nights sleep, 8 hours and more if you're taking a high dose otherwise you will not feel right.

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November 30, 2013 9:57 PM
Review by Healin 1: User Rating:  
   
9.0

nortriptyline for Neuralgia: This medicine worked amazing for my Trigeminal Neuralgia, depression and migraine prevention however I had to go off of it because I had weight gain and severe constipation. I'm starting on 400mg of Magnesium Oxide and 400mg Vitamin B2 as recommended by my neurologist for migraine prevention now and going to also try lowest dose of Topamax.

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November 30, 2013 1:15 PM
Review by Angel2988: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: I have had Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome for almost 5 years and I tried many different medications and so far I have been taking these for almost 2 years and I haven't had an episode since! I know the pain I have been through and pray for anyone that has it!

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November 20, 2013 11:33 PM
Review by Rdoh: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: 52 year old female. I had recurring mid range to severe headaches which became migraines for several years. I had them so often, I was taking tons of over the counter headache pills, which then damaged my stomach after long term excessive use. After finally telling my doctor about them, he put me on Nortiptyline, (2) 10mg pills every night, so 20mg total daily. It was like a miracle for me! Within a very short time, I was 95% migraine free. It has no side effects for me and I have eliminated my excessively large intake of over the counter pills almost entirely. What a huge impact this medication has made for me.

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November 10, 2013 11:42 PM
Review by TDD: User Rating:  
   
9.0

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I have been on Nortriptyline for 4 weeks now. At first I was so lethargic. That has improved greatly. My mouth dryness is also improving. Up until yesterday I felt this med was "the one". I am new to migraines, had 2 that lasted greater than 7 days a piece. The second was so bad I was directly admitted from my first neurology appointment to the hospital for 14 DHE treatments (yuck). I have had at least 4 mild-moderate headaches a week, that too is improving. Yesterday I started to have tingling from mid calf to my 4 small toes. Has anyone else have that issue?

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November 10, 2013 7:15 PM
Review by sas300zx (taken for 6 months to 1 year): User Rating:  
   
1.0

nortriptyline for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Severe side effects - extreme dry mouth, extreme dizziness, extreme weakness. No real help for the neuropathy. Could not figure out why I was feeling so poorly, until I did some research online, and discovered nortriptyline has a negative interaction with FOUR of the other medications I take. Stopped taking nortriptyline, and felt so much better almost instantly.

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November 9, 2013 9:01 PM
Review by nickoffskiing (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline for Pain: I was prescribed 20mg before bed to alleviate the pain form arthritis in my neck.I took them and after the second night I slept good and awoke with very little pain in the morning.However after 5 days I was not sleeping well and was like a zombie in the afternoon/evening and became very short fused.I returned to the dr who prescribed Temazapan to help me sleep and he said to increase the dose of Nortiptyline to 25mg.I discussed it with my wife and she said she would prefer if I didn't as she was not happy with the side effects.I stopped taking them and felt "normal" again by the next afternoon.I have found that ibuprofen helps when the pain is severe although that doesn't happen so much anymore because I have discovered Gelatin.

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October 23, 2013 10:15 PM
Review by Bellhill05 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: Three years ago I started having atypical migraines. It felt like the world was spinning in all directions at once. I would throw up until my stomach was empty and then some. Finally, after hours of this I would pass out, almost coma like. The recovery was long and slow after each attack. I was sent to a neurologist who prescribed Nortriptyline. It was amazing! They did start out with a low dose but it only had marginal effect. They increased it to 75 mg daily and now I only have an atypical migraine every few months. And they are not as severe and recovery is quicker. So thankful for this drug.

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October 23, 2013 2:15 AM
Review by pam924: User Rating:  
   
9.0

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: I was prescribed this medication because my migraines were increasing and my sleep was getting very erratic. Since taking this medication for the past month, I have slept throught the night and it is easy for me to fall back asleep if I wake up to use the bathroom. I am so glad my doctor suggested this. After 13+ years of bad sleep and increase of migraines, I think I found something that works without any side effects (thus far). I take about 1 hour before bed and it has worked like a charm.

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September 26, 2013 10:00 AM
Review by OllieK: User Rating:  
   
9.0

nortriptyline for Pain: I take Nortriptyline 30 mg at bedtime for facial nerve pain brought on by shingles, Post Herpetic Neuralgia. The medication helps to stop itching, gnawing pain and electrical firing. The one drawback for me is the constant obsession with food, mostly carbohydrates. I've gained weight and have negative sexual side effects, but hey, I'm not in pain. It would be nice if there was another medication that worked as well as this medication for the pain, but doesn't have the side-effects.

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August 19, 2013 8:56 PM
Review by In so much pain (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
4.0

nortriptyline for Migraine Prevention: My doctor just put me on this, 10mg at night, and I have woken up with a bad migraine each morning after I've taken the pill. I don't know if I should continue.

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August 11, 2013 11:58 AM
Review by Rob C: User Rating:  
   
1.0

nortriptyline for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: This medication has not helped with my Neuropathy. I'm using in conjuncture with Lortab and Gabapentin. It does help me sleep, but no real relief from the burning and pain.

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August 2, 2013 1:51 PM
Review by Loma Linda (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline for Pain: I have been taking this medication for a week and feel so much better. Had a car accident over 20 years ago and I suffer from chronic lower back, and hip pain. I take 25mg. However it has made my hot flashes worse.

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August 2, 2013 3:27 AM
Review by Scadarick: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline for Depression: I have multiple sclerosis, also scoliosis. Walking with a Cane for 20 years caused it, now I am in wheelchair permanently. I have had a very hard time sleeping, my brain just over thinks all the time, I am a retired I.T director, automation designer and engineer, so I guess it's just a problem with high IQ. Anyway my Neuro started me out on nortriptyline 25mg. I could tell, it was doing some good but still not sleeping. Taking Ambien just was not cutting it. Last week my doctor put me on 50 mg and for the first time in years I slept all night long. I was amazed! I normally eat dinner late, so I have to take it. Before I eat or it does not work.

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July 11, 2013 1:41 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline for Neuralgia: I have been taking this for Idiopathic Small Fiber Sensory Neuropathy. Experienced chronic nerve and muscle pain shortly after a flu-like illness. Was diagnosed with late state neurological Lyme Disease by a naturopathic doctor. Neurologist disagreed and diagnosed me with idiopathic small fiber sensory neuropathy. After several MRIs, blood tests, antibiotics, muscle relaxers, gabapentin, a nerve conduction study, a spinal tap, acupuncture and massage therapy sessions, this medicine has helped the most and with the least amount of side effects. Started at 10mg and slowly increased to 60mg over a six week period. At 60mg into my eighth week, I sometimes feel underlying neuropathy. But I can function nearly as well as before the onset of all these problems. So far, so good.

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