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Nortriptyline is the trade name of a prescription drug containing nortriptyline hydrochloride (commonly referred to as nortriptyline) as the active component. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclics antidepressants used in the treatment of depression. Common off-label uses include treatment of chronic pain, bed wetting in children, anxiety disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine prophylaxis and in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nortriptyline is manufactured by Apotex Corp. and is available as oral capsules in bottle size of 100 capsules.
Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant whose effects are thought to be due to the increase in serotonergic neurotransmission (chemicals in the brain), it also blocks the receptors responsible for sedation, anticholinergic effects and hypotensive. (Dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision and urinary retention).
Some brand medication containing notriptyline include Aventyl and Pamelor. There are a few generic brands for the oral tablets such as Nortriptyline, a generic that is very much effective as the originator.
Note: Consult with your Doctor how to take this medication.
Some of the side effects include:
Note: These may not be all the side effects of this medication. Consult with your Doctor.
Do NOT take:
Note: These may not be all the precautions and contraindications of this medication. Always consult with your Doctor.
Taking Nortriptyline with certain drugs can either potentiate their effects in the body or nullify them, it may affect the manner in which these drugs work or vice versa. Therefore you should know the medicines you take and always remember to tell your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you are prescribed new medicine. Below are some examples of medicines that may interact with this medication when used together.
Should also avoid consuming alcohol and excessive quantities of caffeine contained in coffee or tea.
Note: This list is not complete so always find out with your doctor if the current medication you taking can interfere with your medication.
Nortriptyline is an FDA approved drug for use in the treatment of depression.
This medication works by interfering with certain neurotransmitters (serotonin) in the brain thereby regulating their output.
Yes, there are a few generic brands for the oral tablets such as Nortriptyline manufactured by Apotex.
NO, nortriptyline is the active ingredient contained in this medication and it is not called by a different name in the United States. Although there are brand medications with the same active ingredient and those can differ. Aventyl and Pamelor are brand medications.
You should take Nortriptyline exactly as your healthcare provider instructs you to.
Note: your doctor might recommend a dose different from the above dose, do not try and change the directions issued by your doctor.
For the treatment of:
Doctors tend to prescribe this medication off-label to treat:
If you accidentally overdose on Nortriptyline, seek immediate medical advice or call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
Symptoms of over dose include: Fever, hypothermia, agitation, vomiting, dry mouth, seizures, dilated pupils, ataxia, confusion, restlessness, hyperactive reflexes, respiratory depression dizziness, rapid heart rate, renal failure blurred vision etc.
Note: This list is not complete therefore you should ask your pharmacist or doctor about possible signs and symptoms of over dosage.
Take a dose as soon as you remember, however if you remember just an hour or two before the next dose, only take one dose. Never try to double up on the doses.