What is Nortriptyline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Pamelor Aventyl APO-Nortriptyline Show all

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See also: Gabapentin-Nortriptyline

Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant used in the treatment of depression. Off label it is 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 230 106
Fibromyalgia 220 99
Depressed mood 168 102
Migraine headaches 77 39
Sleeplessness 42 26
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 37 15

Show all 166 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 68
Moderate 119
Mild 118
None 134

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 54
Weight gain 29
Constipation 18
Fatigue 18
Drowsiness 16
Dizziness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 33
25 mg daily 21
75 mg daily 18
10 mg daily 13
20 mg daily 7
30 mg daily 7
100 mg daily 4
35 mg daily 3
25 mg twice daily 3
25 mg three times daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 132
Did not seem to work 128
Doctor's advice 87
Other 51
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 13
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 307 patients who’ve stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 38
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 63
1 - 6 months 101
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 364
Usually 53
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 60
Not at all hard to take 348
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 7
< $25 251
Not specified 179

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 20
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 4
Citalopram (Celexa) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
Milnacipran (Savella) 2

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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38 patient evaluations for Nortriptyline

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Missy180
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Missy180
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Missy180's full Nortriptyline history

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
SmoothS
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SmoothS
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

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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
woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

See woofhound's full Nortriptyline history

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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