What is Nortriptyline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 246 115
Fibromyalgia 227 102
Depressed mood 179 107
Migraine headaches 84 45
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 42 16

Show all 149 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 76
Moderate 125
Mild 123
None 142

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 57
Weight gain 33
Constipation 22
Fatigue 18
Drowsiness 16
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 12

Show all 136 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 40
25 mg daily 19
10 mg daily 17
75 mg daily 14
30 mg daily 8
100 mg daily 8
20 mg daily 7
150 mg daily 6
25 mg three times daily 3
35 mg daily 2

See all 21 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 146
Did not seem to work 139
Doctor's advice 93
Other 53
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 15
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 332 patients who've stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 74
1 - 6 months 105
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 390
Usually 53
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 63
Not at all hard to take 368
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 259
Not specified 196

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 30
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4
Topiramate (Topamax) 4

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 3
Milnacipran (Savella) 2
Paroxetine (Paxil) 2

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching to

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38 patient evaluations for Nortriptyline

Jun 22, 2016 (Started Jun 19, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for vulvodynia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for peripheral neuropathy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (tachycardia (fast heart rate), flatulence, nausea, sweating, heat intolerance, constipation)
  • 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
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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