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 220 99
Fibromyalgia 212 95
Depressed mood 154 93
Migraine headaches 70 37
Sleeplessness 42 26
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 37 16

Show all 159 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 65
Moderate 113
Mild 114
None 126

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 51
Weight gain 28
Constipation 17
Fatigue 17
Drowsiness 15
Dizziness 8

Show all 149 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 24
25 mg daily 16
75 mg daily 11
10 mg daily 8
20 mg daily 5
30 mg daily 5
150 mg daily 3
35 mg daily 2
25 mg twice daily 2
100 mg daily 2

See all 19 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 128
Did not seem to work 121
Doctor's advice 83
Other 49
Personal research 16
Course of treatment ended 13
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 297 patients who’ve stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 62
1 - 6 months 99
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 346
Usually 51
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 22
A little hard to take 60
Not at all hard to take 328
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 6
< $25 240
Not specified 170

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 18
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Citalopram (Celexa) 2
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 2

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Citalopram (Celexa) 2
Milnacipran (Savella) 2
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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
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: n
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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