What is Protriptyline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Vivactil

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Protriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant (depression medication). It comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken three or four times a day.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine 4 3
Cataplexy 1 0
Chronic fatigue 1 2
Depressed mood 1 0
Fatigue 1 1

Show all 14 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 0
Moderate 4
Mild 1
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Protriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 1
Heart palpitations 1
Nausea 1
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 1
Weight gain 1
Wheezing 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Protriptyline

Dosage Patients
10 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Protriptyline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Protriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Protriptyline

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Protriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Protriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 2
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 1

Patients stopped taking Protriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 1
Sertraline (Zoloft) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Protriptyline

Nov 11, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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