User Reviews for Nortriptyline
Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor
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Reviews for Nortriptyline to treat Pain
Review by Toni Anita:
I was prescribed this drug for pain from osteoarthritis. It made no difference to my pain and even after upping it to 40mg I was still unable to sleep.
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April 16, 2015 3:10 AM
Review by Postcards:
I have a bulging disc (L5-S1) lots of pain especially during sleep. Started on this 2 weeks ago. Take 20 mg at bedtime and now sleep well through the night. Very pleased here. No side effects.
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March 14, 2015 6:20 PM
Review by Patsy 7:
I have unexplained nerve pain for about two years..after trying so many pills I was at the end of my hope. All the pills either made me feel like a zombie or I gained weight. I tried 10 mg of Nortriptyline and it has given me back my life! I have been on them for around 3 months now and hardly any pain.
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December 23, 2014 6:38 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have been living with chronic back and hip pain for 12 years. I have had many surgeries with little to no relief of pain. After being in the pain management program at Kaiser for 2 months the doctor prescribed nortriptyline and within days I felt like a new person. Even just sitting doing nothing was painful and now I can do my daily household chores with little pain. Some things are still difficult but my daily life has improved substantially.
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December 20, 2014 9:46 PM
Review by cookiec (taken for 2 to 5 years):
I had no side effects. The medicine really worked for me. I was able to stay on my job for 47 years before retiring.
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December 19, 2014 8:20 PM
Review by Karla K:
You name it I have every back problem known to man. I have been on this medicine for only a month. And I live a pain free life. I do have hyper activities but that's disappearing dry mouth and no appetite, and without eating as much my blood sugar level have been wonderful, (hypoglycemia). I love the way I feel , I have told many people, this is a miracle.
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December 9, 2014 8:51 PM
Review by Gramma M (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have been taking nortriptyline 10mg capsules (6 capsules for 60 mg) every night before I go to bed for over 3 months now. I was involved in a MVA collision by a drunk driver and I now suffer constant head pain. I now have Post Concussive Head Syndrome. I was taking narcotics constantly because of the head pain, I do not have migraines. I was able to be seen by a neurologist and because of the frustration and anger I had against the drunk driver, well the nortriptyline has help considerably in my head pain and also feeling depressed. The only side effect I am experiencing is dry mouth and sleeplessness. I am now taking it 2 to 3 hours before I go to sleep. There was a couple of times I missed the doses and the pain was there again.
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August 1, 2014 4:59 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years):
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):
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 Fibro/Myofascial pain (taken for 1 to 2 years):
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):
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 cover:
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):
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 whispy:
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:
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 CAGR:
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 Pain free pleasure:
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):
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 nickoffskiing (taken for less than 1 month):
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 OllieK:
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 Loma Linda (taken for less than 1 month):
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 Skierick:
I suffered lower back pain for 15 years and finally my "Pain Specialist" gave me a prescription for a starter of Nortriptyline. 1 week 10mg, 1 week 20mg, 1 week 30mg, 1 week of 40mg and 1 week of 50 mg and the pain was gone. It made me very hyper, but I was out of pain and happy. I was on it for 6 months and a change in insurance forced me to taper back off. Basically the starter in reverse. As each week ended I kept wondering when the pain would come back. It was amazing because it never did come back. I had lost some weight and built up my core muscles, so that helped. After 15 years of daily pain, the kind that makes you think oh no when someone invites you anywhere, I have been pain free for over a year.
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May 20, 2013 6:16 PM
Review by elle2799:
Was diagnosed with somatic pain. Prescribed 10mg nortriptyline to start. Took one pill and it made me feel like I could jump off a building and fly. When I laid down it felt like I was floating. Went to sleep, woke up feeling like a zombie, very depressed, could barely lift my arms. It has been three days and I still feel spaced out.
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April 14, 2013 5:03 AM
Review by Heggie (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have had acute neurological (atypical) pain for 10 weeks, the GP put me on Nortriptyline which I am not sure whether it helped the pain or not, but it turned me into a zombie capable of sleeping all day and all night. It was nice at first but became a bit of a hassle in the end. so I have started to wean myself off it.
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March 20, 2013 6:38 PM
Review by Maddy1:
I had a car accident two and a half years ago. It damaged my shoulder and gave me severe back pain. Last year I eventually had an operation to resolve the problem of a chipped bone and a release but it did not help me with the constant stabbing pain which I was told was my nerve and tendons being in a knot. After numerous attempts through physiotherapy, massages, pain killers and injections, none of them worked until I was prescribed nortriptyline. What a difference, I am hardly in any pain now and feel much better.
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February 11, 2013 4:38 AM
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