... I was very groggy all night, but did not sleep well, and today I am lethargic and dry mouth. Will the serverity of these side effects lessen after taking the pill for a couple more days?
10 mg. is not a lot so the side effects may reduce and be okay. But there is side effects from all drugs as we all know some are just more tolerable than others and you would have to weight the pain relief with the side effects. But, nortriptyline does help pain and should also allow you to sleep better. When I took it years ago it really helped me sleep. You will need a little more time, at least a few days to know if the sleep quality improves. When you begin to take something that effects the neurotransmitters in your brain you may have problems sleeping, disturbing dreams, etc, till you get used to the drug. Have you tried some physical therapy for your neck pain, sometimes it is as simple as strengthening your neck muscles.
I took Pamelor... it really helped the depression/anxiety and sleep for me, but the side effects did not go away for me. They were pretty intolerable and I took it for years and then got off it. A couple ones I experienced were pounding and rapid heart beats, palpatitions, dry mouth all the time, especially if I was nervous or upset, some dehydration, and having problems urinating completing emptying my badder but an urgency to have to go... But, not everyone has a lot of side effects but then I do from most drugs. I am under doctor care but now see a naturopathic doctor and she is serving me with touch for health, supplements, and teaching me how to heal my whole mind, body and spirit by changing my perceptions and thoughts therefore my emotions. I am slowly lowering the medication I am on and take very little now.
In the end we are the ones responsible for our own health. Trust your gut feelings if something does not feel right for you call your doctor and discuss it, if he can not valid your concerns... look for another doctor who is more open a patient who "wants to be heard". Ask questions... have your list ready when you go to the doctor so you don't forget and if you do call back and get all your questions answered. Be an informed patient.
- Nortriptyline Information for Consumers
- Nortriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nortriptyline (detailed)
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