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User Reviews for Nortriptyline to treat Pain

Also known as: Pamelor, Aventyl Hydrochloride

Nortriptyline has an average rating of 6.8 out of 10 from a total of 100 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 62% of those users who reviewed Nortriptyline reported a positive effect, while 23% reported a negative effect.

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6.8/10 average rating

100 ratings from 105 user reviews.

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Reviews for Nortriptyline

Oldtimer · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 28, 2021

“After thirty years of extreme leg pain resulting from a kick injury and, years of medical testing, binding my leg and taking gabapentin to sleep, I was prescribed nortriptyline last year and my pain is 99 percent gone. I have been told by a pain and spine physician that, not only does this medication help with nerve pain, it has a lasting effect even after you stop taking it.”

10 / 10
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Chrisdom · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 3, 2020

“This medication nortriptyline does fairly well for pain but the side affects (migraines) are counterproductive because I am using this medicine for migraines. This medication will definitely make you tired and drain your energy, it increases your appetite and gives you mood swings.”

4 / 10
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Tasha · Taken for less than 1 month June 29, 2020

“8 months of right-sided facial pain - burning, searing, shooting in the ear, cheek, temples and jaw due to possible never damage. Paracetamol and ibuprofen did absolutely nothing for the pain, after being prescribed a raft of antibiotics and other drugs like prednisone my doctor prescribed me amitriptyline which I noticed no difference in pain levels when taking. I then was prescribed nortriptyline 20mg and my pain level went to almost zero. I have been taking it for two weeks now and it feels so good at wake up in the morning pain-free and not like I have been hit by a truck. I don't notice any side effects as of yet.”

9 / 10
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Skierick May 20, 2013

“I suffered lower back pain for 15 years and finally my "Pain Specialist" gave me a prescription for a starter of Nortriptyline. 1 week 10mg, 1 week 20mg, 1 week 30mg, 1 week of 40mg and 1 week of 50 mg and the pain was gone. It made me very hyper, but I was out of pain and happy. I was on it for 6 months and a change in insurance forced me to taper back off. Basically the starter in reverse. As each week ended I kept wondering when the pain would come back. It was amazing because it never did come back. I had lost some weight and built up my core muscles, so that helped. After 15 years of daily pain, the kind that makes you think oh no when someone invites you anywhere, I have been pain free for over a year.”

10 / 10
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Patsy 7 December 23, 2014

“I have unexplained nerve pain for about two years..after trying so many pills I was at the end of my hope. All the pills either made me feel like a zombie or I gained weight. I tried 10 mg of Nortriptyline and it has given me back my life! I have been on them for around 3 months now and hardly any pain.”

10 / 10
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Fibro/Myofascial pain · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 20, 2014

“I am 40 year old woman and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain syndrome around 2 years ago and had symptoms for about 3 years before that. This medication was my doctor's first choice. I am a member of one of leading health care providers in CA, and she said that they have had much success prescribing this medication to patients with nerve pain disorders. This medicine made a considerable difference in my quality of life, improving my sleep, pain, stiffness, and tenderness. I take 30mg every evening before bed and make sure that I get about 8-9 hours sleep. I can always tell the next day if I've forgotten my dose. I plan on taking it for as long as it helps.”

10 / 10
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Karla K December 9, 2014

“You name it I have every back problem known to man. I have been on this medicine for only a month. And I live a pain free life. I do have hyper activities but that's disappearing dry mouth and no appetite, and without eating as much my blood sugar level have been wonderful, (hypoglycemia). I love the way I feel , I have told many people, this is a miracle. ”

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Skaz December 9, 2019

“I’ve been dealing with chronic pain in my back for about 6 or 7 years. I’m 22 years old and I’ve been to lots of drs and specialist to find out what’s going on. Let’s just say nobody knows what’s causing it. I’m 22 years old and feel like I’m in my 60s can hardly get out of bed some days or even weeks. Two drs recommended this med for me and I refused to take it. My mindset is it is mainly used for depression. But at the low does they gave me it was for pain. After some research and being stuck in bed hardly able to move I reached a point of I have nothing to lose In my life. I’ve taken nortriptyline for a few days now and it has helped wonders. I stopped for a day to see if what’s happen and yep pain returned. Hope now I can just take the meds and go to the gym to lose the weight and hopefully that’ll help too. My grandma was prescribed this and it didn’t help her. But for me it has. So everyone’s body is different just remember that.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 20, 2014

“I have been living with chronic back and hip pain for 12 years. I have had many surgeries with little to no relief of pain. After being in the pain management program at Kaiser for 2 months the doctor prescribed nortriptyline and within days I felt like a new person. Even just sitting doing nothing was painful and now I can do my daily household chores with little pain. Some things are still difficult but my daily life has improved substantially.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years July 7, 2014

“I'm 21 years old and have been suffering from chronic abdominal pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome for almost two years now. I started the nortriptyline about a year ago after countless trips to the hospital to get a grip on my pain. Since last summer, I've noticed a HUGE difference since being on the nortriptyline. There is still some pain, but the medicine really calmed everything down. The only thing that I frown upon is the fact that it makes me very tired. Even though I take it at bedtime. I take 75mg every night and I wake up feeling groggy every day. I'm not sure if anyone else has had this experience and side effect. But I'd rather be tired than in pain, good luck to everyone!”

8 / 10
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Anonymous February 2, 2011

Pamelor (nortriptyline): “For several years I have lived with spine and disc-damage. I have been on a controlled narcotics program for quite a while. It saved my life. Chronic pain scrambles the brain. I was already on fluoxetine, but felt I was losing ground. Then my docor put me on nortriptyline. GREAT results. I feel better mentally, and the medicine somehow "soothes" inflamed spinal-cord areas. NOT my imagination-over the years, doctors tried several medicines for this, none worked. This one helped both the depression AND nerve-impulses at the discs/spinal-cord.”

9 / 10
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Pain free pleasure December 17, 2013

“12 years of severe facial pain and misdiagnosed on numerous occasions with sinus infections. Multiple trips to the dentist, root canals, extractions, teeth fillings removed and replaced with porcelain ones. Septoplasty by ENT specialist. Numerous doses of Antibiotics and tramadol for pain. I told all this to a doctor that listened and he turned to my and said "You have trigeminal neuralgia". I was given Gabapentin, which didn't work. Went back and was put on Nortriptyline. After 12 years I am pain free.”

10 / 10
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Joe Mizz January 4, 2013

“So I read some of these experiences and was doubtful it could help my lower back pain, tried pain killers and months of physical therapy to no avail, my primary finally sent me to a neurologist (already had x-rays, and went through that tube, in agony I may add because I could not lay flat) they quickly put me on the Nortriptyline at 10mg dose, one week I did not feel any relief, they upped my dose to 25mg and same thing not much relief at all, went to 50mg and felt better really dulled the shooting pains down my left leg and foot, went to 100mg with better results. Now I'm at 125mg and life is much better, I can walk in a mall, drive my car and get back to a normal life again. This is supposed to break my pain cycle and so far so good.”

9 / 10
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Gramma M · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 1, 2014

“I have been taking nortriptyline 10mg capsules (6 capsules for 60 mg) every night before I go to bed for over 3 months now. I was involved in a MVA collision by a drunk driver and I now suffer constant head pain. I now have Post Concussive Head Syndrome. I was taking narcotics constantly because of the head pain, I do not have migraines. I was able to be seen by a neurologist and because of the frustration and anger I had against the drunk driver, well the nortriptyline has help considerably in my head pain and also feeling depressed. The only side effect I am experiencing is dry mouth and sleeplessness. I am now taking it 2 to 3 hours before I go to sleep. There was a couple of times I missed the doses and the pain was there again.”

9 / 10
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Pain is Gone! · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 9, 2014

“When I was 47 I was diagnosed with arthritis in my neck which was triggering migraines and shoulder pain. Even 800 mg of Motrin didn't help. Nortriptyline was a miracle and I am migraine free. I tried going off of it about 4 times, and every time I had headaches and shoulder pain the next day. I am so thankful for Nortriptyline because I can go to work and think clearly without a headache clouding my thoughts.”

9 / 10
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watts52 · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 30, 2013

“I've been on Nortriptyline for about a year. I was having problems falling and staying asleep. After a week or so I realized that it helped with my nerve pain in my back and neck. It was amazing, I was able to wean myself off of prescription Motrin (600-800 Mg) several times a day for 24 years. I take 30 mg nortriptyline before bed. For those of you who feel out of it, you must take it with the intent of getting a full nights sleep, 8 hours and more if you're taking a high dose otherwise you will not feel right.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 26, 2014

“I have been taking nortriptline for a little over a month now and have found it has helped in several areas of my life. I have been suffering from headaches for over 10 years due to nerve trauma from a wisdom tooth extraction. I have been on every medication under the sun and then some. Usually strong narcotics and several at a time with no real results at all. I have also suffered from chronic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I happened to see a doctor not my own who asked if I would be willing to try it. Why not can't hurt was my thought. I am so grateful for his suggestion, I have stopped taking the narcotics and anxiety/depression medicines. I am currently at 50mg going to start 60mg with no side effects other than dry mouth.”

10 / 10
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Maedie February 20, 2014

“Three years ago, after a hospitalization for a severe ischemic colitis episode, I had severe and unremitting nerve pain. I tried gabapentin which did work initially. After about 6 months, the pain gradually returned. I then was put on 10 mg of nortriptyline, which was like a miracle, no more pain. I take it at night and have no residual effects the next day. I wish I had tried it sooner!”

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cover April 22, 2014

“Who knew that a popular non surgical procedure involving the banding of my hemorrhoids would result in neuropathic pain. The pain in my rectum was relentless and unbearable, their was no doubt that nerves were affected. Nortriptyline was prescribed and while not perfect it has taken away a majority of my pain. I would recommend to anyone suffering from nerve pain to consider taking this medication, but you have to be patient it may take a few months to work. Don't let pain run your life! Suffering is optional, you do have a choice.”

9 / 10
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Mad anger & Major Depression! · Taken for less than 1 month February 13, 2016

“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.”

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Maddy1 February 11, 2013

“I had a car accident two and a half years ago. It damaged my shoulder and gave me severe back pain. Last year I eventually had an operation to resolve the problem of a chipped bone and a release but it did not help me with the constant stabbing pain which I was told was my nerve and tendons being in a knot. After numerous attempts through physiotherapy, massages, pain killers and injections, none of them worked until I was prescribed nortriptyline. What a difference, I am hardly in any pain now and feel much better.”

8 / 10
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Holidaymaker · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 23, 2017

“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 / 10
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Happikampa · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 24, 2019

“After 7 years of chronic pain in my lower back and stabbing/burning pain in my glute, I was finally prescribed Nortriptiline. I waited two weeks to start it as Pregabalin had been so horrible. After one dose I finally was able to sleep for 7 hours. Had been sleeping for about 4 hrs a night up until then because of the pain which didn't respond to Ibuprophen, Paracetamol or Opioid based medication. Pain relief lasts for about 17 hours. No side effects other than I do feel a bit sleepy at times. Still take Ibubrophen if I have over done the gardening or house work. Now it works to help me sleep. Dose is 20mg a night.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 21, 2012

“After 6 months of constant agony due to four herniated discs in my neck my doctor finally got it right. The started packet started me out on one pill a night and could have gone as far as five. Happily two have done the trick. I am so relieved. I was beginning to think I'd never feel pain free again. It is a miracle.”

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16 July 26, 2016

“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.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous November 1, 2012

“I have been on this medication now for 6 months for nerve pain and tingling down my leg from a trapped nerve in my back. 10 mg at night along with other Paracetamol and Ibuprofen certainly does relieve the pain. I was told to increase the Nortriptyline as required to 20 mg at night if necessary but so far I have not had to do that. Side effects have been virtually non existent against the benefit of it.”

8 / 10
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Mikey60 April 10, 2017

“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!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous September 6, 2011

“I have suffered with Fibromyaliga for nearly 25 years. This is the only medication that helped with my pain; helped with sleep and did not make me feel "dopey" all day. I can't say it will work for everyone, but it has helped me. I have been on it for 20 years. I take 50Mg at night about an hour before bed. When there are weather changes coming through, my pain gets worse, I take 60Mg.”

8 / 10
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