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What is Nortriptyline used for?

Nortriptyline is prescribed to treat symptoms of depression. It belongs to a group of medications known as tricylic antidepressants, which help improve your mood, relieve anxiety and tension, as well as increase your energy level. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Nortriptyline?

The dosage of Nortriptyline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Nortriptyline. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

The recommended dose of Nortriptyline is 25 mg, which is to be taken three or four times daily. Take this medication by mouth, with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Nortriptyline?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nortriptyline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Nortriptyline?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nortriptyline, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are agitation, fainting, severe drowsiness, blurred vision, vomiting, muscle stiffness, and seizure.

What other drugs could interact with Nortriptyline?

  • Albuterol
  • Cimetidine
  • Clonidine
  • Epinephrine
  • Flecainide
  • Guanethidine
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Levodopa
  • Linezolid
  • Phenylephrine
  • Propafenone
  • Quinidex
  • Quinidine
  • Reserpine
  • Selegiline
  • Sibutramine
  • Warfarin

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nortriptyline.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nortriptyline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nortriptyline can interact with thyroid supplements, heart rhythm medications, bronchodilators, anticholinergic drugs, blood thinners, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Nortriptyline?

Like other medicines, Nortriptyline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nortriptyline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nortriptyline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nortriptyline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Nortriptyline can cause side effects such as dizziness, weakness, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, constipation, and weight gain or loss. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are uneven heart rate, chest pain, fainting, seizure, and tremors. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nortriptyline.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nortriptyline?

Is it possible for me to take Nortriptyline with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nortriptyline?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nortriptyline?
How will Nortriptyline work in my body?
How should Nortriptyline be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nortriptyline drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. While taking Nortriptyline, avoid drinking alcohol. Also, avoid exposure to sunlight. Exercise caution when you drive or perform any activity that requires alertness. Before using the medicine, inform your doctor if you have heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, and liver problems.


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