What is Nortriptyline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Pamelor APO-Nortriptyline Novo-Nortriptyline Show all

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See also: Gabapentin-Nortriptyline

Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant used in the treatment of depression. It is also used for chronic pain, anxiety disorders, bedwetting in children, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and as an adjunctive therapy for smoking cessation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 287 120
Fibromyalgia 255 107
Depressed mood 203 102
Migraine headaches 92 45
Complex regional pain syndrome type II 72 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 72
Moderate 129
Mild 121
None 153

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 61
Weight gain 33
Constipation 22
Fatigue 19
Drowsiness 17
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 12
25 mg daily 7
75 mg daily 7
10 mg daily 4
20 mg daily 3
25 mg three times daily 2
10 mg/5 mL daily 1
30 mg daily 1
35 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 150
Did not seem to work 146
Doctor's advice 96
Other 57
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 16
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 347 patients who've stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 107
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 397
Usually 53
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 18
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 65
Not at all hard to take 376
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 8
< $25 260
Not specified 205

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 37
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 7
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 5
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 4

Show all 41 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 4

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38 patient evaluations for Nortriptyline

Jun 22, 2016 (Started Jun 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for vulvodynia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (tachycardia (fast heart rate), constipation, heat intolerance, sweating, nausea, flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 6, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for drooling)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg/5 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 7, 2015 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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