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User Reviews for Nortriptyline

Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor

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For Pain: "I am 56 years old who with severe chronic nerve pain in my neck from herniation at C6-C7 and C4-C5. I opted no surgery and I have had zero quality of life and on bed rest for 4 years. Started PT with pain meds neurotin 600mg and I was slowly able to function in a brain fog but free from strong narcotics. Went to amitriptyline 40mg at night slept great but next day brain fog with memory lapses and always tired. Now on 10mg nortriptyline I take in the morning Because it affects me like a stimulate and hard to sleep at night but been on for a week. I have constipation but I take fiber in water helps. I love been alert with a clear head! So far no pain on 10mg so I won't increase unless I have pain. A very livable dose."

   
9.0

Jen A (taken for less than 1 month) January 21, 2017

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Pamelor (nortriptyline) for Depression: "I was tried on this for major depression. After 2 weeks on 50mg per night, I couldn't handle it any more. I ended up going to the ER because my heart was racing. I was at 125/130 beats per min. I'd only been getting a few hours of sleep each night in those 2 weeks, and experienced the heart racing, brain short circuits, insomnia, anxiety, severe constipation, extreme thirst, and an overall feeling of disconnect from aliveness. As a teenager, I took Doxepin and Elavil too, and they were slightly better, but not much. These TCAs should be a last resort like Thorazine and Lithium. Seroquel is much better. Good luck to my fellow sufferers!"

   
1.0

theskysnotabove (taken for less than 1 month) January 8, 2017

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Took about a month to kick in, but once it kicked in it was like night and day! I was in a bad way, bad liver issues which just exacerbated my IBS. I can eat and drink what I want now, my sleeping patterns are better, I'm more relaxed, and just happier! Gastro doc put me on 50mg a day at night. What a relief it is to not have to worry about IBS dominating my life!"

   
9.0

Hypnotic401 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 6, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I've had "a" really bad headache for over 6 weeks now. On my right side. I say "a" because it is almost constant, day and night every day. Seldom have I had headaches my entire life. I'm now 60. After 4 visits to a doctor, (the first one prescribed antibiotics saying I had a sinus infection-no help what so ever, the second guy Midrin, same thing). I was prescribed nortriptyline at 25mg once a day by my last visit with a new doctor. It has been 3 days, so not much change, yet. I can put up with any/all the side effects mentioned, if I get relief. I will repost in a week or 2, when hopefully it has kicked in. Scheduled for a CAT scan in 2 days.....we'll see. Reading these posts has given me some hope."

   
5.0

bwilla January 2, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "I have been on nortriptyline for 6 years with two breaks in the middle. I have had severe migraines since I was 13 and have tried several treatment options. The two times I stopped were because it was no longer effective in preventing migraines. During those times my doctor increased beta blockers for 6 months then went back to the regular dosage with nortriptyline. I take up to 100 mg a day but average 50mg. Sometimes I take for granted how well this medication has worked for me. The downsides are weight gain, restlessness and vivid dreams. If you suffer from migraines to the extent I have it is well worth the side effects."

   
8.0

CarolineHa January 1, 2017

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For Migraine Prevention: "This medication has been very effective by almost eliminating my daily pain. When I do experience headache, jaw and neck pain, it's now usually milder than before and easily treated with a pain reliever. Additional benefits include helping me fall asleep easier and reducing the symptoms of a serious sleep disorder. The only negative side effect directly related to this med has been severe thirst requiring me to drink water and urinate very frequently. However this annoying and inconvenient side effect is well worth it. I'm also at high risk for angle closure, but am unsure if it's related. I lived with chronic pain from my mid 20s through my late 30s before starting this medication. I only wish I started taking it earlier in life."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 31, 2016

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For Pain: "To those of you who are having nightmares, they will go away. I had them so bad but it worked so well for the low back neuropathy I was finally able to walk again. My back kills me. I take 30 MG throughout the day now. Taking it with tramadol decreases the effectiveness of the drug. Nortryptilline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It blocks the receptors in the cerebellum so pain signals cannot be received. This is not FDA approved because being an antidepressant when one is it depressed can be very risky and cause serious side effects. For those of you who are waking up on this medication, you could be low on serotonin and those that are falling asleep you could have too much. It will also make you very constipated. Be careful."

   
8.0

Big money deej December 23, 2016

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For Pain: "I tried 2 medications for pain from a pinched nerve and neither worked so the doctor placed me on Nortriptyline starting off with 10 mg and titrating up to 40 mg due to increased pain. I am now titrating down as my pain has lessened due to acupuncture, aqua jogging, physical therapy. Side effects for me have been extremely dry mouth, blurry vision, skin darkening on my face (cheeks) and memory/focus problems, some hair loss. I want off of this as soon as possible due to the side effects but it has been very effective for the pain relief. I hope the side effects goes away quickly and I regrow my hair. Can't remember cost of drug but most likely inexpensive as I have Kaiser."

   
7.0

Suzzeeqq December 10, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I have IBS-C. My doctor switched me to 25mg of nortriptyline after complaining of constipation on 10mg amitriptyline. I've had practically no side effects compared to amitriptyline except worsening constipation. Have had to use miralax aggressively to counteract this but it works. No pains at all and has also helped with my anxiety! I'm sure it would work even better if I had IBS-D instead."

   
9.0

Slowpope (taken for less than 1 month) December 8, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I woke up one day with a horrible migraine that never went away. Every day, all day. It was killing me. I haven't ever had a headache like this. Definitely never had one that lasted the entire day. So after four doctor visits, three blood test and six months of non-stop migraines, I was prescribed Nortriptyline. Only after two weeks I was waking up with out a headache. By the time I had got up to 40 milligrams, I was headache free. I'm so happy and relieved. The only side effects I am experiencing are dry mouth and trouble with sleepiness in the morning."

   
9.0

It helped! (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 8, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I suffered with migraines for years because doctors weren't able to diagnose them. They thought my headaches were related to sinus problems. I got headaches 4-5 times a week. Finally a neurologist prescribed 25mg nortriptyline daily. It took a few weeks to take effect but now I have been nearly headache free for four years. I do still occasionally get headaches every few months but they never last more than a few hours and generic Imitrex helps. I asked the doctor about going off the nortriptyline but she said if not's broken why fix it. So I am going to stay on this wonder drug. Best of luck to anyone suffering with headaches. It's a tough time."

   
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MayaP (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 8, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I've had a terrible experience with migraines and tried multiple prevention medications. I have been hospitalized multiple times as well for DHE, and now have the injections at home. My first prevention med for migraines was nortriptyline and it made me feel even worse, I do not recommend. I had terrible side effects from it lasting over a week after I had stopped the medication. I've been on topamax for months for 7 months now and it helped at first but my headaches have gotten so bad I'm decreasing it. But I recommend over nortriptyline. I've now started gabapentin and this has actually helped with my pain component. Beta-blockers can also be a good preventative, I'm on nadolol as well."

   
1.0

margarite.d December 7, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I'm taking Pamelor (that's the generic name) primarily for migraine prevention but it also helps my depression. It's been about three months since I started this and my migraines have reduced a lot. I rarely get them now. I'm also feeling much better since my depression. The only side effect I have is sleepiness in the mornings. Other than that it's a charm."

   
9.0

Miss A. C. November 20, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "So far started treatment a week ago. Already experiencing horrible side effects: ongoing ringing ears; constantly nauseous; slughish tired during the day; Light headed throughout the day; rapid heart beat; had 2 nightmares which I woke up catching my own breath because I thought I was dying. That same night I had that dream twice; still cannot sleep more than 4 1/2 pushing 5. Hrs of sleep. with 10mg. Still having migraines. Called my Dr. Office 2 days ago and have not received a call back yet. I am supposed to go up to 30 or 40mg. But with these side effects I just want to get off of 10mg."

   
2.0

Clara Munoz (taken for less than 1 month) November 16, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "I suffered from debilitating IBS and was on the brink of having to leave my job on disability as a result. I also had developed severe anxiety. After over a year and many trips to a gastro, I went to a psychiatrist to treat my IBS induced anxiety who prescribed nortriptyline. It was a life saver. I have been on it for 2 years and am completely symptom free. Truly a miracle drug for me. Only reason for a 9 -- on the two occasions when I forgot to take the medicine I felt very sick. Must be taken EVERY day."

   
9.0

nortrip fan (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 13, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Well, it's been about 8 months now since being prescribed 10 mg Nortriptyline HCL. I take it once a day before bed. I also take Dicetel 50 mg up to 3 X a day although most days I don't even feel the need to take it. It does help though when I take it. Before meals. I've had IBS for close to 20 years. I was ALWAYS afraid to go out to eat. I'd always make reasons to get out of going out with friends. It literally ran my life I've felt better since the start and wish I've been given this years ago. This has 98% worked for me & I would suggest it to anyone to try it! Good luck"

   
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Annabwelle November 8, 2016

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For Depression: "I used to take quetiapine to fall asleep at night, but when I started to take nortriptyline I had to stop using it because these two meds interact. the doctors told me that nortriptyline would help me sleep at night, too. it doesn't. i have to wake up at 7 every morning for work, and I honestly can't remember the last time I fell asleep before 0200 in the morning. the side effects of this medication are way more intense than any other meds I've tried. it does help a litte bit with anxiety, but my depression hasn't improved."

   
3.0

goodnight (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 6, 2016

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For Smoking Cessation: "I've smoked 40 years. Tried to quit before and never was successful. Somehow taking this medication it seemed easier. I have been smoke free now 2 months. I took the medication for 1 month prior to quitting and then went cold turkey. I take 75 mg daily when I go to bed. I have been instructed to take this medication for full 6 months after quitting. Cons: dry mouth, flatulence, lower sex drive, some weight gain, groggy in the morning, increased appetite, harder to urinate (dribbling). Pros: No anxiety around quitting smoking, seemed easier this time, medication is covered on drug plan, I feel committed and have been (no bargaining with myself to have 'just one'), It works! Pro's outweigh the cons because I have quit. Cons are temporary!"

   
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Rob is my real name (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 4, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "I started having constant headaches on the left side only. We're talking everyday, multiple times per day. I was miserable. After taking 10mg at night for a week or two my headaches stopped. I discontinued use after 3 months to see what would happen and my headaches returned 3 days later. Won't make that mistake again. If I have had any side effects, I haven't noticed."

   
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Very effective (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 23, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "This medicine has changed my life. I went a solid 10+ years living in pain and with constant diarrhea. My life revolved around going to the bathroom. I started taking nortryptaline and after a few days the pain subsided. Then, after a few months and increasing to a max dose of 40mg I now have NORMAL bowel movements. This medicine is a miracle. It also prevents my migraines which were occurring up to several times a month. I only experienced side effects of dry mouth, fatigue, and brain fog for the first couple months. I now have no negative effects. Thank you Nortryptaline for giving me a normal life."

   
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LFuh (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 21, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "Have had migraines for the past 20 years but they were usually around my time of the month. Recently the migraines were daily and on a pain scale of 7 to 8 out of 10. My GP prescribed Nortriptyline as a preventative treatment. I've been on it for almost a month. After a week of 10mg before bed, the migraines lessened from multiple times per day to every other day and the pain scale dropped down to 1 from 7 - 8. I'm now 9 days migraine free. No blurred vision but really bad dry mouth in the morning. I'm hoping the dry mouth will eventually subside. Not overly concerned. The treatment plan is to titrate off the medication after 6 to 12 months. In the meantime, it's nice to be migraine free."

   
9.0

Feelin' Gooooood October 13, 2016

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For Pain: "Have been on 10mg Nortripine for almost a month now and have not found it helpful at all. I have 2 tumours on my liver and they are painful most of the time. I have found that since l started taking the Nortripine my moods have been more up and down and my downs are considerable. I am now going to ask doctor for antidepressants. 15-20 minutes after I take my pill each night I get really itchy all over my body for about 10 minutes and then it suddenly stops. I have also found that I have really vivid and scary dreams now of being chased. I also take Tramadols to manage pain levels but have found that since starting Nortripine l can no longer drive after taking Tramadol, previously l managed fine. I have found no improvement in my pain levels"

   
1.0

Ememery October 11, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "Being treated for vestibular migraines. I was very worried about taking this (side affects) so I waited a week before deciding to try it. Only took 10mg at night. I could not get to sleep and in the morning I experienced sadness, anxiety, increased heart rate, irritability, dizziness, brain fog. One time was enough I have a family and can't ride these symptoms out ( if they ever actually would decrease). The negative effects out weighed any benefits."

   
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Nomoredrugsplease October 5, 2016

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For Migraine Prevention: "This drug has changed my life. I used to get at least 1 headache per week, often up to 3 or 4, with nausea and extreme fatigue. I have been on the 10 mg about 3 months now and it has seriously given me my life back. I still get headaches (maybe twice per month) but they are very mild and usually really late at night. I had side effects (pretty annoying constipation and mood swings) but this has subsided almost completely. I haven't felt this good in years and I highly recommend trying this drug."

   
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Aggie2018 October 2, 2016

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For Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "The medication has changed my life!!! I can finally focus on my goals and I feel great! No more pain, no more bathroom sneak attacks (thank you!!) and no more bloating! For the longest time it looked like I had a belly but it was all bloating! I can see a significant change in the decrease of bloating. The first couple days after taking the medicine at night would result in a little fogginess in the morning and fatigue. Now that my body has gotten used to Nortriptyline, I have much more energy and honestly a whole new outlook on life. I don't even want to think about how I felt every single day before Nortriplyline. I owe my Dr. big time!! :)"

   
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Miss Tata September 22, 2016

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