back in October my PHP ptescribed me. Nortryptiline for chest wall pain (costhocondritis) and did not explain what this medicine was, She just mentioned it was form 'chronic pain' when I got home i saw it was AD. Never taken any AD in my life and I know Im not depressive, but I read all the side effects and Im scared to take it, and now my headaches have tremors and chest wall pain has gotten worst. Can anybody tell Me about side effects or if there is any addition related to this medicine? Im scared to take it and really dont know what else to do =\ i have anxiety and this has been happening for almost a yr now since my dad died.
Nortriptyline - Scared to take Nortryptiline =\?
Question posted by sopelinda on 4 Jan 2015
Last updated on 6 January 2015 by sopelinda
Update from Sunday.
After debating it, I finally decided to take the pill last night w the green light from my Dr and having shared the same concernS i shared here. I timed everything and it took exactly two hours to start making any kind of sleep effect on me.
During that lapse i had horrible jitters, rapid heartbeat but sleep won and at 9:45 i finally fell asleep. I wake up at 3 am, shaking, DROOLING! Horribly, and w an even more rapid heartbeat than during the night. I wake up to the bathroom and my legs shake. I am groggy, yet i cant seem to be able to go back to sleep when i get back to
My bed. I wake up at 5:35, shaky, w a weird sensation in my chest, Like its constricted, horrible jitters and still groggy but alert. I make it to work, and all day, the same sensation does not subside. I tell my Dr, she said stop the pills immediately. She cant see me today, but tells me to go to urgent care. I get there, 3 hour WAIT! Nobody can see me. So finally I sit down on a bench and try to make an appt for tomorrow, just so they can tell me that I have to speak to a nurse and tell her my symptoms but the wait is 1.5 hrs...
Long story short, i came home, have been drinking water like crazy but still have a bad headache, my ribs are sore again, and Im never ever trying that medicine again.
Nortryptiline might work for some people, but I can tell you, it's not for me...
I would say the #1 best thing is to recite this post to the prescribing Dr, as that is the single source for guidance, considering the knowledge of your history and what led up to the prescribing of your meds in the first place. Totally normal to have these concerns, but if the Dr isn't trusted or there is skepticism or doubt, we have to either get the entire validation for the orders from the source, or, change the source; meaning change Drs to where there is more confidence in their instructions and decisions.
I take nortriptyline and I've had no problems. I am not tired at all the next morning. Try not to read about side effects as if just one person out of hundreds have a side effect they must list it.
I've found that if I am prescribed a new medication I ask the doctor what the side effects are, because reading about the medication on the web will scare you to death. The drug company must list every possible side effect or reaction someone has had to cover their bottoms from being sued if something happens. The problem with this is we have no idea what the person's, who had the mentioned side effect, health is or what their illness is, so something could have happened to them because they have an underlying illness, not mentioned or are taking another medication that isn't compatible with the drug. I make a practice of not reading all the web material on a medication. I do research the medication, but don't over react when I see the side effects. I trust my doctor's enough to know they are treating me properly, and if I ever feel uncomfortable about a new medication they prescribe I ask questions!
And it would probably be helping. It works for chronic pain and it also helps anxiety. Sometimes we harm ourselves by second guessing a dr. Your dr knows what she is doing. And if you take it at night, you'll sleep better too.
- Nortriptyline uses and safety info
- Nortriptyline information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Nortriptyline (detailed)
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