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 176 102
Migraine headaches 80 44
Sleeplessness 42 26
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 41 16

Show all 153 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 71
Moderate 122
Mild 121
None 138

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 56
Weight gain 30
Constipation 20
Fatigue 18
Drowsiness 16
Dizziness 8

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 31
25 mg daily 18
10 mg daily 15
75 mg daily 15
20 mg daily 9
30 mg daily 4
150 mg daily 4
35 mg daily 3
40 mg daily 3
100 mg daily 3

See all 24 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 141
Did not seem to work 134
Doctor's advice 89
Other 51
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 15
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 320 patients who've stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 66
1 - 6 months 106
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 375
Usually 53
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 356
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 7
< $25 259
Not specified 184

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 23
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 5
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3

Show all 30 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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