What is Nortriptyline?

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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 219 96
Fibromyalgia 210 93
Depressed mood 152 93
Migraine headaches 67 37
Sleeplessness 42 26
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 37 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 63
Moderate 111
Mild 113
None 123

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 51
Weight gain 26
Constipation 16
Drowsiness 15
Fatigue 12
Dizziness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 19
25 mg daily 16
10 mg daily 12
75 mg daily 9
20 mg daily 4
30 mg daily 4
150 mg daily 4
35 mg daily 2
25 mg twice daily 2
25 mg three times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 124
Did not seem to work 119
Doctor's advice 83
Other 49
Personal research 16
Course of treatment ended 13
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
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Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 60
1 - 6 months 97
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 341
Usually 50
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 323
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 6
< $25 238
Not specified 164

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 17
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Citalopram (Celexa) 2
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 1
Citalopram (Celexa) 1
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 1

Show all 22 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

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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

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SmoothS
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SmoothS
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 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
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Little
function: All
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
Description:M58y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:17y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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

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