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 240 111
Fibromyalgia 224 100
Depressed mood 175 101
Migraine headaches 80 44
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 42 16

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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
Severe
71
Moderate
122
Mild
120
None
138

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 55
Weight gain 30
Constipation 20
Fatigue 18
Drowsiness 15
Dizziness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 35
25 mg daily 20
75 mg daily 13
10 mg daily 12
20 mg daily 6
100 mg daily 5
150 mg daily 5
30 mg daily 3
35 mg daily 3
40 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 141
Did not seem to work 135
Doctor's advice 89
Other 51
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 15
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 321 patients who've stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 66
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 375
Usually 52
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 62
Not at all hard to take 355
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 7
< $25 258
Not specified 184

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 24
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 6
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 5
Citalopram (Celexa) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
Milnacipran (Savella) 2

Show all 29 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 (flatulence, nausea, sweating, heat intolerance, constipation, heart rate increased)
  • 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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