User Reviews for Nortriptyline
Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor
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Reviews for Nortriptyline to treat Migraine Prevention
Review by alymarie (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I've been on this for a month or so at 25mg a day and it has reduced my headaches down from one every day with a migraine once a week to about a headache a week and I haven't had a migraine yet. When I take this I have noticed that I sleep better. I also have dry mouth with this unfortunately but it is nothing compared to having daily headaches. (18 years old, female, migraines since age 4).
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December 13, 2014 1:44 AM
Review by khwb (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Three months ago I started the Nortriptyline 10mg daily to help with very disabling migraine with aura. So far so good. I haven't had a migraine, and I would normally have had one or two in that time. For a couple of years I have been taking 400mg daily vitamin B2, but I was still getting sick. So I've added the Nortriptyline. I also, now, am very careful to not become constipated, and that may be making a difference. But, it looks like the Nortriptyline has been good for me. My migraines started at about 13; I'm 61 now.
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November 27, 2014 11:24 PM
Review by 15yearoldFemale:
I have been using this medication for a year now. I was on the basketball team my freshman year (I'm a Sophmore now) and unfortunately suffered a severe concussion. This medication is my lifesaver. In December of 2013, I had to go on home hospital and I was on home hospital for 8 months until August of 2014. I first tried steroid type medication for a week and it failed. But I was on this medication soon after, 10 mg, then 20 mg and then 25 mg over the course of 8 months. It has worked wonderfully for me and I have been able to go back to school. The only reason I am giving it a 9 is because it also caused me to have slow thinning hair loss on my scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes, however this was my experience and I still suggest using it.
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November 14, 2014 12:49 AM
Review by Shoshanaz (taken for 1 to 6 months):
My neurologist put me on nortriptyline as my common migraine attacks became more frequent, 10 or more a month. These migraines were almost always accompanied by a stiff neck and often woke me up after 5 hours or so of sleep. Started at 25mg daily, I noticed a change in the pattern. While previously I would have 3 days of migraine in a row, the migraines were mostly limited to one day. After a month or so, the dose was increased to 50mg, and I am largely migraine (and stiff-neck) free. I take it at night, so the only side effect is that I sleep longer than I used to. My understanding is that after some number of months the dose will be reduced and/or I will be taken off of it to see if the migraines return.
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October 28, 2014 9:26 AM
Review by JessiM:
I'm currently on 150mg daily of this medication and it does a great job in preventing headaches. A few smaller ones get through that ibuprofen will take care of but the amount of serious headaches and migraines have decreased significantly. The only difficulty is because the pills are so lightweight they do not go down easily. I have to chase it with food (such as taking it during dinner) or else the pills get stuck and cause pretty bad heartburn-type difficulties.
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October 24, 2014 1:19 PM
Review by Shelbz (taken for less than 1 month):
Very effective for migraine prevention. I was having one every other day and on this medicine. I've gone a week without having a migraine. However it makes my ears ring. The ringing in my ears is driving me insane to the point I can't take it, so I think unfortunately this medicine is not for me!
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August 25, 2014 12:06 AM
Review by Rhône's Mom:
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):
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 Lia Loca (taken for 2 to 5 years):
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 camping008 (taken for less than 1 month):
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 Anonymous:
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 Rdoh:
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:
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 Bellhill05 (taken for 2 to 5 years):
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:
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 In so much pain (taken for less than 1 month):
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 Ron B (taken for 5 to 10 years):
I've had migraines for decades. I've taken nortriptyline for many years with great success. When I do get the occasional migraines, the severity is nothing compared to my pre-nortriptyline days. Right now, it's been quite a few months. At that time, they were relatively minor and lasted 2 or 3 days. It didn't keep me out of work.
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June 10, 2013 9:50 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more):
I've been on nortriptyline for close to 15 years now for migraine treatments after a significant head injury. Before being put on the medicineI'd get migraines that would put me out for days at a time. After starting out a low dose it helped control my migraines and has continued to do so over the past 15 or so years (though with increased dosage). The most common side effects have been drowsiness, dry mouth, quivers in my hands along with adverse reaction to prolonged periods of being in the sun. I've also put on a few pounds over the past few years, but that may be the result of moving from an active job to a more sedentary one and not the medication. Overall nortriptyline has been great at controlling my migraines without too many negatives.
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May 17, 2013 12:11 PM
Review by Jsmitty (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Pamelor (nortriptyline): Very effective as long as it is taken like clockwork.
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May 2, 2013 10:46 PM
Review by gezele57:
I have suffered from migraine since I was 3 years old ( I am 58 now), and I only get a few a year. Then in 2002 my migraines went from bad to worse, I average about 4 a week. I have tried so many meds and combination of meds and they made the migraines more tolerable for awhile. I even tried Botox. I saw a new neurologist on April 4/13, and he asked me to try nortriptyline 10mg at bedtime, increasing to 20mg after a week. I have had only 2 migraines since Apr 4, and the pain is mild to moderate. I am hoping for more improvement. So far no side effects at all.
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April 14, 2013 12:25 PM
Review by Wolf Lover (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have had a headache upon waking every day for 40 years. I always took Excedrin and when it was taken off the market my headaches became much more frequent and migraines were a weekly occurrence. Nothing helped so my neurologist put me on Nortriptyline 10mg but I can take up to 3 if needed. First time taking it I didn't have a headache in the morning. It has been a Godsend. My only side effects are that I oversleep. I take it at bedtime, which is the morning since I work nights, but it made my mind "wake up" so I take my Lunesta with it. I have to force myself to get up after 8 hours so that I don't sleep 10 hours or more which is easily done. It's been 3 months with a rare minor headache that OTC aspirin takes care of.
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April 7, 2013 12:11 PM
Review by jazs:
I have been having headaches everyday for the past 4 years. Doctors have put me on several different medicines that did not help until I started seeing a new neurologist. I was prescribed nortriptyline. The side effects for me were extreme fatigue but that did go away. I feel better than I have been in the past years.
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April 4, 2013 1:24 AM
Review by Patricia.k.:
Pamelor (nortriptyline): I have been taking Pamelor for close to 4 years now. After a coiling procedure for an inoperable brain aneurism, I suffered constant migraines. The doctor who performed the coiling did not offer any solution, but a local neurologist in my home town prescribed it for me. It changed what was to be my new life of pain into a much more tolerable existence. A little dizziness is easy to live with. I take 50 mg every morning. Life is good again!
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March 19, 2013 9:09 PM
Review by Grac:
Been having worsening migraines for 8 or more years. Tried so many different things, I am basically disabled at this point sick almost daily from either migraine or rebound day. After Topamax, steroids, beta blockers, you name it I've tried it. Finally I've been put on nortriptyline, after 2 weeks I haven't had a single migraine. I hate to be skeptical but it's almost too good to believe for me since I've been sick so long, so I will be reporting back soon. But I even feel differently just how my brain feels. Right now I'm quite thrilled and the results seem to be what's reported by everyone else here (taking 25mg at night).
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March 16, 2013 9:54 PM
Review by cherryplum (taken for less than 1 month):
I'm on week three, taking 100mg of nortriptyline. I feel so much better! An added bonus is it helps me sleep at night. I'm able to fight most of my headaches with an Aleve that would have spiraled into a migraine before. The one and only negative, I've been so hungry! Gained at least 5lbs. But I'd rather be a little fat and happy mommy of four boys than the skinny, miserable mom in pain I was before. I did get cotton mouth at first but it went away.
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March 6, 2013 1:04 AM