User Reviews for Nortriptyline

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Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

For Pain: I'm 21 years old and have been suffering from chronic abdominal pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome for almost two years now. I started the nortriptyline about a year ago after countless trips to the hospital to get a grip on my pain. Since last summer, I've noticed a HUGE difference since being on the nortriptyline. There is still some pain, but the medicine really calmed everything down. The only thing that I frown upon is the fact that it makes me very tired. Even though I take it at bedtime. I take 75mg every night and I wake up feeling groggy every day. I'm not sure if anyone else has had this experience and side effect. But I'd rather be tired than in pain, good luck to everyone!

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July 7, 2014 10:39 PM

Review by chiwawa mama (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

For Pain: I'm being treated with nortriptyline for abdominal wall pain due to having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for almost 40 years now. I still have pain in other areas but this does the trick for the abdominal pain, which is like the pain you get in your side after you've been running for a long time. It wasn't just a stabbing pain, though, it came, it stayed and wouldn't go away. I only take 10mg and my prescription says to increase as necessary, but I've been on it successfully for over a year now. I stopped it once with the ok of the doctor but within three weeks the pain returned, so I started back up on it. I do have the dry mouth and sometimes restless sleep but I can handle that...I couldn't handle the abdominal pain..this worked!

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June 26, 2014 8:26 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I suffered with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 30 years beginning in my 30's after a severe gastrointestinal infection. I controlled it with OTC meds like Pepto-Bismol and Imodium. The condition worsened until I could no longer count on having a symptom free day and my diet was severely limited. My doctor recommended Nortriptyline and the lowest dose of 10 mg immediately worked. I now can eat a diet that includes fruits and vegetables I has been unable to eat for years. I did have one troubling side effect at first -rapid heart rate. I was taking a low dosage of a beta blocker for this condition prior to taking Nortriptyline. My doctor recommended increasing my beta blocked dosage, and the palpitations have discontinued. I am healthy and very active.

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June 24, 2014 2:16 AM

Review by Fibro/Myofascial pain (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

For Pain: I am 40 year old woman and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain syndrome around 2 years ago and had symptoms for about 3 years before that. This medication was my doctor's first choice. I am a member of one of leading health care providers in CA, and she said that they have had much success prescribing this medication to patients with nerve pain disorders. This medicine made a considerable difference in my quality of life, improving my sleep, pain, stiffness, and tenderness. I take 30mg every evening before bed and make sure that I get about 8-9 hours sleep. I can always tell the next day if I've forgotten my dose. I plan on taking it for as long as it helps.

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June 20, 2014 2:54 PM

Review by Pain is Gone! (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

For Pain: When I was 47 I was diagnosed with arthritis in my neck which was triggering migraines and shoulder pain. Even 800 mg of Motrin didn't help. Nortriptyline was a miracle and I am migraine free. I tried going off of it about 4 times, and every time I had headaches and shoulder pain the next day. I am so thankful for Nortriptyline because I can go to work and think clearly without a headache clouding my thoughts.

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June 9, 2014 1:30 AM

Review by Ms Jarvis (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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10

For Neuralgia: I have suffered with A-typical facial neuralgia for over 12 years and nothing but nothing has helped me like Nortriptyline. I was prescribed this by a professor of Pain Management at Walton Hospital and I can honestly say he saved my life. It is a wonder pill that seems to work alone. Previously I was on a cocktail of Tegretol, amitriptyline and gabapentin which completely left me like a zombie. After being 'pain free' for 7 years, I began to wean myself off them but only recently the pain has begun to return so I'm going go back to the doctor for my script. Sometimes it's better to carry on taking the tablets even if you think the pain has gone as they cannot cure you, they merely mask the pain, which is good enough for me.

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May 20, 2014 12:06 PM

Review by Rhône's Mom:

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9.0

For Migraine Prevention: I just turned 40 and have suffered from migraines with aura with increasing frequency and severity since I was 16. In March 2014 I was up to 18 migraines in 22 days. My doctor took me off all the Triptans I was taking and never ever worked, to my great relief! At first I tried a blood pressure med but after 2 weeks of horrible side effects (horrible depression, weight gain, insomnia) my GP put me on Nortriptyline. I have been on it for 4 weeks. We started with 10 mg at night. I noticed that the pain from my migraines and frequency reduced by about 50% and Advil liquid gels were able to take the pain away. I have now been bumped up to 20 mg. I haven't noticed dry mouth, but I did notice my eyes get dry. I sleep really well. no other effects.

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April 30, 2014 12:56 PM

Review by Anononononon (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Migraine Prevention: 10 mg at night for chronic tension headaches. The first few days were horrible: extremely fatigued, grumpy, felt like a really bad hangover. But by the fourth or fifth day, all of that was gone, and my headaches went too. I'm glad I stuck it out, because I had had headaches that interfered with my daily life. It made me very drowsy at first, and still does act as a bit of a sedative, so I only take it if I plan to sleep very soon. Also, it really lowered my alcohol tolerance, so watch out for that.

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April 27, 2014 7:03 PM

Review by cover:

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9.0

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):

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10

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):

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10

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:

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6.0

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:

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10

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):

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6.0

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:

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6.0

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:

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8.0

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):

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8.0

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:

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10

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):

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10

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:

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9.0

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:

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10

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:

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10

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:

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9.0

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):

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1.0

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):

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8.0

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

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