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Nortriptyline can be used to relieve neuropathic pain.

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How to take - Side Effects - Dosage - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

This pain occurs when the nerves are damaged as a result of a medical condition. This pain can remain long after the original injury has healed.

Nortriptyline can also be prescribed as an antidepressant, which means it comes with certain side effects that mean it won’t be suitable for every patient.

You can discuss your symptoms with one of our doctors in order to find the best solution for your neuropathic pain and decide whether nortriptyline would be an appropriate treatment.


Nortriptyline Dosage

It’s important that you only take nortriptyline as your doctor tells you to. Your medicine may take a couple of weeks to have an effect and stopping suddenly could cause harmful withdrawal symptoms.

If you do miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you realise, unless it’s already time for your next dose anyway. In this situation, you should never take a double dose - it won’t make nortriptyline more effective and you’ll increases your chances of experiencing side effects.

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What Are The Side Effects of Nortriptyline?

Common side effects of nortriptyline include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Trouble urinating
  • Low sex drive
  • Spells of blurred vision
  • Skin becoming more sensitive to sunlight, increasing chances of sunburn

Younger patients might also experience mood swings, anxiety and panic attacks.

There are, in rare cases, more serious side effects that your doctor needs to know about as soon as possible:

  • Seizures
  • Muscle twitching
  • Bleeding or bruising easily
  • Severe vision or speech problems
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations

You need to call for emergency medical help if you suffer an allergic reaction to nortriptyline. Look out for symptoms such as swollen lips, face or neck, a skin rash or trouble breathing.

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Things To Avoid

Due to the potential mental helth side effects nortriptyline can have on younger patients, it’s not suitable for children.

It also can’t be given to you if you’ve had a heart attack, stroke or seizure, or if you use MAO inhibitors. To help your doctor prescribe the best medication for your nerve pain, tell them if you have:

  • A family history of heart-related deaths
  • Any mental illness
  • Liver, thyroid or kidney problems
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma

Alcohol and Nortriptyline?

It’s not a good idea to mix alcohol and nortriptyline.

Doing so can make side effects worse, affecting your decision-making ability and making you sleepy.

Is It Safe To Take Nortriptyline During Pregnancy?

The effects of nortriptyline on unborn babies isn’t known. If you’re pregnant or planning to start a family, you must tell your doctor so that they can prescribe different medication.

It’s also not known whether nortriptyline has an effect on breast milk. For that reason, it’s best not to breastfeed your baby while taking this drug.

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If your neuropathic pain is getting in the way of your everyday life, talk to one of our doctors today. They can write a prescription for effective drugs such as nortriptyline, which you can collect from a pharmacy of your choice.

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