Nortriptyline is in the class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants and while the SSRI's and other formulas of more efficacious value and with less negative side effects, tricyclics, mainly Elavil® (amitriptyline) is used for sleep. However, while ok for inducing drowsiness and sleep, tricylics actually are a common cause of and NOT a cure for restless leg syndrome. Hope this helps; take care. >> RAY...
nortriptyline can be activating, unlike Amitriptyline which can be sedating and prescirbed off label for insomnia.
Nortirptyline is approved for depression.
If it is not working for you it may be best to talk to your doctor about other options.
- Nortriptyline Information for Consumers
- Nortriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nortriptyline (detailed)
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