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 242 114
Fibromyalgia 225 100
Depressed mood 178 106
Migraine headaches 82 44
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 42 16

Show all 151 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 75
Moderate 125
Mild 123
None 139

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nortriptyline

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 57
Weight gain 32
Constipation 22
Fatigue 18
Drowsiness 15
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nortriptyline

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 41
25 mg daily 17
75 mg daily 16
10 mg daily 14
20 mg daily 6
100 mg daily 6
150 mg daily 6
30 mg daily 5
35 mg daily 3
60 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Nortriptyline

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 145
Did not seem to work 138
Doctor's advice 92
Other 52
Personal research 17
Course of treatment ended 15
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 329 patients who've stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration

Currently taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Nortriptyline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 73
1 - 6 months 105
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 386
Usually 53
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 63
Not at all hard to take 364
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 257
Not specified 194

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nortriptyline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 29
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 5
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4
Escitalopram (Lexapro) 3

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Nortriptyline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 5
Citalopram (Celexa) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
Milnacipran (Savella) 2

Show all 32 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 (tachycardia (fast heart rate), flatulence, nausea, sweating, heat intolerance, constipation)
  • 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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