User Reviews for Nortriptyline
Also known as: Aventyl Hydrochloride, Pamelor
The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care.
Learn more about Nortriptyline.
Reviews for Nortriptyline to treat Pain
"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 "
Sara Beth October 14, 2017
3 users found this comment helpful.
"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
11 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Gobbledeegook (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 12, 2017
23 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
Mikey60 April 10, 2017
63 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Holidaymaker (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 23, 2017
76 users found this comment helpful.
"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"
SP2015 (taken for less than 1 month) February 10, 2017
22 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Jen A (taken for less than 1 month) January 21, 2017
63 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Big money deej December 23, 2016
53 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Suzzeeqq December 10, 2016
37 users found this comment helpful.
"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"
Ememery October 11, 2016
43 users found this comment helpful.
"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"
Kathryn37 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 1, 2016
79 users found this comment helpful.
"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)."
Sam C (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 25, 2016
60 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
16 July 26, 2016
98 users found this comment helpful.
"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)."
Nightmares (taken for less than 1 month) July 21, 2016
60 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Onemileup (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 29, 2016
41 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
badmd's (taken for less than 1 month) May 30, 2016
44 users found this comment helpful.
"Took this for nerve pain and it helped! Except I would rather ache & have nerve pain than deal with the side effects I experienced. I kept getting nightmares that were so horrific, I eventually started sleeping with the lights on & thus not sleeping as good. Within 6 months I gained 20 lbs without changing my eating habits nor physical activity. Looking back, there was a short period of time when my vision was affected as I had trouble focusing. At the time, I just thought my contacts prescription was getting too strong for me. I decided to revisit the list of side effects and sure enough there they all were. I quit taking Nortriptyline that day and eventually the nightmares, blurred vision, & weight gain went away."
EricaCartman (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 14, 2016
71 users found this comment helpful.
"I have a "band" of the "fuzzies" crossing top of head, down on each side of my head. "Tinglies" on left of my forehead. Given Nortrip. 25mg, take 2x per day. Really NO change. Have lived with these problems for almost 30 years. Maybe by making me drowsy, then I won't notice nerve pain so much? Whatever."
Jack Reed (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 29, 2016
26 users found this comment helpful.
"I just started on this drug 2 weeks now. My doctor prescribed it to me to help deal with my concussion headaches and to help me sleep. The pain-free aspect is quite lovely, however 2 weeks in, and I'm suuuuper groggy. It doesn't help me sleep, but I didn't have a problem with that - it was just the post-concussion headaches. My doctor's main goal seemed to just send me back to work. I'm glad I didn't have to drive into work today because I'm not sure I'd be up for morning rush hour traffic. She only prescribed one month's worth (10 mg pills) & I can't wait to be finished with it. I have noticed a large increase in "chubbiness" around my mid-section. I notice that some weight gain is one of the side effects as well."
Suze9771 April 21, 2016
52 users found this comment helpful.
"This medication has greatly improved my quality of life! I have chronic tension headaches, everyday and all day, unless I take 25 mg of my Pamelar. I take it every night (because it does make me sleepy) and If I forget my headaches start right back up around 3pm the next day. One downfall is that I seem to craves snacks much more since I've been on this drug. I'll take that side-effect over chronic headache."
momoftots April 12, 2016
58 users found this comment helpful.
"I was given nortriptyline by a pain doctor 7 years ago. It did help somewhat with the pain. However the side effects have been giving me problems ever since. I have problems concentrating but worse than that I daydream constantly. I can't shut it off. It lasts for hours. It is like it turned on a daydreaming switch in my brain and I can't shut it off. I went off of it expecting it to stop. It never has. It gets more unmanageable. I do not know what to do."
sunny51 February 24, 2016
63 users found this comment helpful.
"This message is for lbk11 I understand your frustrations. Work isn't everything. It sounds like a cancer could have grown in the area you take nortriptyline for. It sounds exactly like me at the time. I had stage 4 lymphoma and I only had weeks to live. So please get an MRI. Truly find out what wrong with you."
Prophet8909 February 15, 2016
24 users found this comment helpful.
"I've never felt so angry in my life than on this drug! Terrible!!!! Frustrating because doctors won't prescribe my OxyContin I've been on for 9 years ( that completely helped my back after 3 failed surgeries) anymore because of all the irresponsible people abusing it! HOW IS THAT FAIR!? So annoyed that people who really need it have to pay the price! So I've been trying all this junk that has terrible side effects."
Mad anger & Major Depression! (taken for less than 1 month) February 13, 2016
118 users found this comment helpful.
"I suffered severe depression for more than 10 years. I have been recently diagnosed with Fibromuscular dysplasia (one of the effects of this condition is terrible migraines, lightheartedness, insomnia and dizziness) I was unable to function on a daily basis, feeling sleepy at work and miserable. I could not thank enough to my neurologist. He stopped me taking any other antidepressant and put me into this drug...After 15 days I can notice the difference...I am not sleepy during the day, I am able to function, headaches are gone and I am able to sleep straight for 7-8 hours. My doctor told me though that this medication will make me gain weight. I prevent this eating healthier and trying to exercise 3 times a week and it's working"
anonymus1 January 31, 2016
101 users found this comment helpful.
"I suffer from interstitial cystitis and have tried all the medications to keep the burning pain and heaviness in my bladder tolerable. I was given Amitriptylene first (5mg.) and I was like a zombie the entire next day. I tried it a few times to give it a chance but without any change. A specialist that I saw a couple of months suggested that I try Nortriptylene because even though it is in the same family as Amitriptylene sometimes it has a different effect. I have taken it for 4 nights now and have noticed a huge difference in the way my bladder feels. Spasms are gone and the heaviness and burning have gone as well. I haven't slept well since taking it but was having trouble sleeping through the night anyway. No day grogginess though."
LMHO (taken for less than 1 month) January 15, 2016
48 users found this comment helpful.
More about nortriptyline
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Images
- Drug Interactions
- Compare Alternatives
- Support Group
- Pricing & Coupons
- En Español
- 340 Reviews – Add your own review/rating
- Drug class: tricyclic antidepressants