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User Reviews for Nortriptyline

Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor

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6.8/10 Average Rating
89 Ratings with 90 User Reviews

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"I started on 10 mg to be taken at night for TMJ related pain. The doc bumped it up to 25mg over a month ago. I suppose I sleep better, and I don’t clench my jaw as much at night. But, having seen the entire list of side effects, I can’t be sure what this medication could be interacting with or if it is messing with my brain or other organs. I believe I will stop this pretty soon."

   
8.0

SGT Reg (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2018

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"I was taking oxycodone for a number of years. Then the Doc got me off that - I had been using it for rotator cuff problems. Then he put me on nortriptyline . It does a way better job on my rotator cuff. I can lay on my shoulder at night now with no pain now. With the oxy I could not do that on the account of the pain."

   
9.0

cyclone (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 4, 2018

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"Took it one time for post-concussion syndrome and to help me sleep. It kept me awake for 24 hours and made my chest hurt. I had to work all day without sleep. Come to find out the drug is not FDA approved for post-concussion syndrome. Will not be taking the drug again or return back to the doctor who prescribe it for me."

cris (taken for less than 1 month) May 21, 2018

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"Started on 20 mg increased to 40 mg a day for back pain . I felt odd after about 10 months and have slowly been weaned down to 20 mg. I'm so glad I was prescribed them. It took a while but now the pain in my back has gone from a 9 to a 4. And I have more movement now . Where as before the pills I was very immobile . I needed help dressing my lower half getting on and off the toilet and couch . Now I can walk up stairs!"

   
8.0

Gloria (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 22, 2018

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"Put on nortriptyline for nerve pain, neurologist said it would help with sleep at least if nothing else. Boy was he wrong! I don’t tolerate meds well so started on 10mg for two weeks and 25mg for a week. It has done nothing but give me nightmares, keep me awake, and turn me into a depressed emotional mess. I’m so sleep deprived, my pupils go large and I feel like I’m on a permanent come down. I’m stopping taking it as I just can’t cope with these side effects. Feel like I’m going mad :( shame really as I was hoping it would help me sleep as it seems to make most people drowsy."

   
1.0

Jane (taken for less than 1 month) March 10, 2018

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"I had nerve damage caused from an infection in my tooth and it caused chronic pain in my trigeminal nerve. I had a root canal that just intensified the pain. I saw acupuncturists, ENT's, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, the list goes on and on. Finally I saw a neurologist that actually listened and prescribed me Nortriptyline (50mg) I take every night and my pain finally subsided the the point I have quality of life again. I did put on a few lbs (15) but I would gain another 100lb for this medication. It saved my life. I was a lost cause and so desperate to find relief. I am so happy again. I have slight breakthrough pain once in awhile but it pales in comparison to what I have been through. I thank my lucky stars for Nortriptyline!"

   
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Dclenney (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 8, 2018

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"At about week 3 on 25mg pill. My anxiety is good. My sciatica pain is gone. I just stopped taking it as I started having extreme nightmares and no sleep. I never enter deep sleep. Just a state of dreaming and nightmares. The sense I am fighting and even using a knife to defend myself. The sense I am moving sideways while asleep like a dream but I'm half awake trapped in sleep until I go thru so much "dream anxiety" that I wake up. I stopped taking it as I have not been able to sleep for 2 days. I'm not taking it anymore. It's too bad because it did seem to be helping pain and depression."

   
6.0

Lrrr (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 21, 2018

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"I had been suffering from a heavy head feeling and ringing in my ears for 18 months. My Dr was treating it as psychological for the whole time until I insisted on getting an MRI and seeing a ENT specialist. The specialist said I had myofacial pain disorder and put me on 25mg of nortriptyline. Woke up the next day and the heavy head feeling had gone completely. The ringing in my ear still comes and goes but symptoms have decreased. This drug has changed my life and am grateful for this medicine. I have been on 25mg for 8 months now with no side effects."

   
9.0

Bruce Warne January 18, 2018

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"I've been taking this at a dose of about 50mg at night. I was in a car accident and have had pretty bad cramping spasm and sciatic pains. This has not helped the pain at all and has caused me to be unable to get an erection. If I wasn't on workman comp and directed by my lawyer to keep up with medication in case of a drug test I would not be taking them at all"

   
1.0

Troye December 14, 2017

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"I'm 37 started 10 mg of it last night. I have five herniated discs, had some head trauma, I have chronic nerve damage, pinched nerves horrible migraines dark spots in my brain. Last night I slept like a baby for the first time in forever. I was given this medication by my Neurologist a few weeks ago and have been extremely hesitant to take it. I feel a little different like I have more focus. Hopefully this will continue to help me with my healing. I still have pain though but only took this once so probably haven't been on it long enough to notice a huge difference. This morning I feel more focused "

   
5.0

Sara Beth October 14, 2017

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"This medication is not worth long term risks. I was given it for sleeping disorder and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). When taken to assist me in not being able to sleep - it did nothing to help me at all or help with my CRPS. In fact it was the exact opposite it had absolutely zero affect on CRPS and had increased pain and I was completely unable to sleep at all when taken as prescribed at bedtime."

Dodgegirl33 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 5, 2017

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"Dose has been Titrated up by 10 mg every 2 weeks. Now at 75 mg a day. Pain of Chemo induced bi-lateral Peripheral Neuropathy is as bad as ever. When dose was increasing pain relief of a few hours was bliss. Now at maximum dose and side effects are as bad as the pain. Have to wait another month to see pain clinic. Dry mouth causing problems swallowing. This is last resort as almost every other drug treatment has been tried over 6 years."

   
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Gobbledeegook (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 12, 2017

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"Have suffered with back pain for 22 yrs. I'm 60 yrs old now. Started taking nortriptyline 4 days ago. While I know that's not very long I can say back pain is much better. Depression is much better. Overall feeling is much better. Sleeping better and longer. I have noticed some drowsiness but not a lot. I hope things continue in the direction I'm currently headed. Good luck!"

   
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Mikey60 April 10, 2017

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"Been using this drug for 2 years .I used to have bad pain in lower back and numbness in my legs due to nerve damage .started with 30mg now only take 10 mg .it works for me virtually pain free .do have dry mouth and sometimes have bad dreams but I can manage that as I can walk without pain and still go to work."

   
8.0

Holidaymaker (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 23, 2017

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"Been on nortriptyline for less than a week and I absolutely hate it. Started with 20mg first few days but have reduced to 10mg in hopes of minimizing side effects. Having hell of a time falling asleep, low grade headaches and blurred vision. But the worst is the sexual side effect of ED. Had been on 10mg of amitriptyline for years previously. Slept great on that and had no ED problems. Had the fogginess the next day though I had gotten used to that. Planning to switch back but Doc wants me to wait two weeks in hope that side effects will lessen. Have DDD in lower back 4+ years and chronic foot pain from super high arches for 17 years. Pain had increased recently so doc thought Nortriptyline might help better. Also on 900mg Neurontin a day"

   
1.0

SP2015 (taken for less than 1 month) February 10, 2017

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"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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"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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"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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"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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"I was given 25 mg Nortryptyline for shingles pain, along with Gabapentin, and Tramadol for shingles and back pain. I now have PHN, I have had this pain for 6 months now. I had pretty severe burning pain. Within 3 days the burning stopped. Most of the pain went away except at night. I went up on the gabapentin several times. I didn't want to go up on Nortryptyline due to side effects ( extreme dry mouth, and it was hard to wake up in the morning). Occasionally I miss a dose on accident, I go to sleep without it. I will hurt so much that I can't do anything but sit and use ice packs all day. Also my pain will be much worse for 3 whole days following a missed pill. This has happened 5-6 times. Nortryptyline is the most effective medicine I ta"

   
8.0

Kathryn37 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 1, 2016

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"I've had a lot of pains over the past few years due to computer-centric lifestyle. My rear shoulder/shoulder blade pain started to become unmanageable with my Lyrica+Tramadol. Most of my pains are a nervy/burning. I decided to try Nortriptyline. Started with 10mg and worked up to 100mg after months (started working at 25mg). Saved my life at that time when I was miserable. It wasn't 100%, and had a bunch of mild side effects, but made things manageable. Side effects: weight gain (huge appetite), urinary retention, dry nose/mouth, some drowsiness (bad at first, but got better), reduced motor control (jerks), orthostatic hypotension. Trying to stop to see if pain comes back, and so far so good (side effects have reduced -- esp. appetite)."

   
7.0

Sam C (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 25, 2016

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"I am currently 16 y/o & have been taking nortriptyline for about 6 years to treat migraines. I have been getting migraines since I was 8 or 9 and it eventually got to the point where migraines were a daily thing for me. After seeing a neurologist & trying out 2 or 3 other perscriptions, my neurologist prescribed nortriptyline. It worked for a while then my dosage needed to be increased, however I still take it to this day, once before bed every single night. The only time I get a migraine now is if I'm sick, skip two or more doses, or encounter a trigger, such as prolonged sun exposure, dehydration, large caffeine amounts, etc."

   
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16 July 26, 2016

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"I took the first dose at night because my doc said it may cause sleepiness. I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible headache and insomnia. Decided to try a second night. This time, no headache but still insomnia. Last night I took my 10th dose and I am awake 2 hours after falling asleep then having a horrible, horrible nightmare about sexual situations, being part of murders, and my son being kidnapped by a killer clown. I know that sounds dumb, but it was extremely realistic and now I can't go back to sleep. I will call my doc in a few hours to discuss tapering off and quitting this med all together. My pain has not been relieved at all (even if it had, I could continue with the insomnia and graphic nightmares)."

   
1.0

Nightmares (taken for less than 1 month) July 21, 2016

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"I've been taking this pill among others for pain and migraines , I started with 25 mg, and it was upped to 50 because I was still in pain and having head aches, while this hasnt helped my pain, it has helped my migraines I havent had one since taking it, and I usually had one once a week, I still get head aches. Im not sure if this helps or if its my other medications. I feel like this stuff makes me dizzy when outside in the heat, I have a constant dry mouth, my sex drive in no longer alive, I cant remember things and get confused easy. But I sleep good and my head doesnt hurt... I'm still in constant pain. And it seems like I have the hunger of 3 teenagers. Im 27 and have DDD, I hope I can find something that works."

   
3.0

Onemileup (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 29, 2016

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"For over 20 years I have had chronic facial nerve pain from a surgery that was messed up. I also had 2 additional surgeries to 'correct' the problem but they were not successful. My only success with managing pain has been with morphine. Unfortunately it keeps me awake if taken close to bedtime. I was given Nortriptyline to try for sleep and pain relief (so as not to awaken in pain), but it was awful - the couple hours of interrupted sleep I had were with very bad nightmares. I stopped taking this medication as a result and will continue to look for a "real" sleeping pill that works & that I am not tolerant of. In the meantime I would rather not sleep!"

   
1.0

badmd's (taken for less than 1 month) May 30, 2016

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