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Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor

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7.2/10 Average Rating

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Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline: 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: User Rating:  
   
6.0

nortriptyline: 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: 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: User Rating:  
   
6.0

nortriptyline: 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: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline: 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: 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): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: 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: User Rating:  
   
9.0

nortriptyline: 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): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: 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: User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline: 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: User Rating:  
   
1.0

nortriptyline: 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): User Rating:  
   
6.0

nortriptyline: 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: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: 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
Review by not satisfied (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: I take 25mg of nortriptyline at bedtime. I have taken it for 3 weeks. I toss and turn at night and sleep about 3 hours for 2 nights, then on the 3rd night, I am able to sleep 9 or so hours because of lack of sleep previously. It has helped my neck pain considerably, but about 10 days ago, I began getting pain in both my knees and hips, which makes it even more difficult to sleep now. At first, I believed it was because of the treadmill, but I stopped after 2 days using it to heal my knees and hips, but they are still hurting. Also, I am experiencing memory loss. I am 68 years old.

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February 4, 2013 10:53 AM
Review by Joe Mizz: User Rating:  
   
9.0

nortriptyline: So I read some of these experiences and was doubtful it could help my lower back pain, tried pain killers and months of physical therapy to no avail, my primary finally sent me to a neurologist (already had x-rays, and went through that tube, in agony I may add because I could not lay flat) they quickly put me on the Nortriptyline at 10mg dose, one week I did not feel any relief, they upped my dose to 25mg and same thing not much relief at all, went to 50mg and felt better really dulled the shooting pains down my left leg and foot, went to 100mg with better results. Now I'm at 125mg and life is much better, I can walk in a mall, drive my car and get back to a normal life again. This is supposed to break my pain cycle and so far so good.

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January 4, 2013 11:24 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: I have been on this medication now for 6 months for nerve pain and tingling down my leg from a trapped nerve in my back. 10 mg at night along with other Paracetamol and Ibuprofen certainly does relieve the pain. I was told to increase the Nortriptyline as required to 20 mg at night if necessary but so far I have not had to do that. Side effects have been virtually non existent against the benefit of it.

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November 1, 2012 3:00 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Pamelor (nortriptyline): I have calf pain (mainly when sitting) due to small fiber neuropathy. I tried Neurontin, Lyrica, Cymbalta...without any luck. Tramadol provided limited relief, but not nearly enough. Finally I tried Pamelor and after a few weeks the calf pain started to dissipate. I take 100mg/day and the side effects have been pretty mild. The drowsiness tapered off after a few days, but the dry mouth and constipation go with the territory. I get occasional tinnitus as well.

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October 12, 2012 9:08 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
10

nortriptyline: After 6 months of constant agony due to four herniated discs in my neck my doctor finally got it right. The started packet started me out on one pill a night and could have gone as far as five. Happily two have done the trick. I am so relieved. I was beginning to think I'd never feel pain free again. It is a miracle.

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September 21, 2012 11:00 AM
Review by berty6 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: After years of disc/nerve pain, I have been on these tablets for around 3 months and the pain has reduced considerably and I sleep much better too. I have been taking 25mg, but have now upped the dose to 50mg and it appears to be working even better. Fingers crossed.

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August 19, 2012 1:52 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
5.0

Pamelor (nortriptyline): Although it helped with the headaches associated with a concussion it caused major itching and hives.

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August 19, 2012 9:31 AM
Review by Very happy user: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: I had a car accident two years ago and the back, neck and leg pain crippled me untill I tried nortriptyline. I am pain free and take 50mg which I build up too. After 6 weeks the only down side is I cannot drink alcohol but a small price to pay and if I try to reduce them I go back to the same conditions I had before taking them. I take it at night and actually sleep for 6 hours straight pain free which I could not do before. This medicine has given me back my life.

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November 18, 2011 8:52 AM
Review by wdave: User Rating:  
   
1.0

Pamelor (nortriptyline): This medication made my ears ring which they have been doing for about 20 years now. My Doctor advised that this is a less than 2% side effect. Never the less, be careful.

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October 23, 2011 4:47 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: I have suffered with Fibromyaliga for nearly 25 years. This is the only medication that helped with my pain; helped with sleep and did not make me feel "dopey" all day. I can't say it will work for everyone, but it has helped me. I have been on it for 20 years. I take 50Mg at night about an hour before bed. When there are weather changes coming through, my pain gets worse, I take 60Mg.

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September 6, 2011 1:05 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
8.0

nortriptyline: I was in a car acccident mouths ago but the pain never went away. I can't work, hard to sleep, can't lift things, my life came to a stop. The medicine looks like it is helping, the pain is better, I'm sleeping better, but only been on it for one week.

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August 10, 2011 1:56 AM
Review by mmm2112: User Rating:  
   
7.0

nortriptyline: I've suffered from chronic pain my entire life and often haven't been able to sleep as a result. I found this medication to often be very helpful. Though it took several weeks to really work, it definitely helped me sleep and my pain has decreased. I was started at a very low dose, which gave me a lot of flexibility to move up and down as the situation required. Taking the medication coincided with some slight weight gain, but this could have been due to a vareity of other factors. Overall I found it very helpful!

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June 13, 2011 2:37 PM
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