Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It is prescribed for treatment of depression. It affects the brain such way, that it helps to elevate mood.
Use Nortriptyline orally with a glass of water, regardless of meals.
You must consult with your doctor before starting treatment with Nortriptyline. You should discuss the following questions: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding; if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement; if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances if you drink alcohol-containing beverages daily or you have a history of alcohol abuse; if you take thyroid medicine or you have a history of overactive thyroid, glaucoma, heart problems, kidney or liver problems, diabetes, seizures, the blood disease porphyria, or difficulty urinating; a history of suicidal thoughts or behavior, bipolar disorder, or any other mental disorders; you are undergoing electroshock therapy; or you are scheduled to have any surgery.
Do not use Nortriptyline if you have allergy to any of its components, you have had a heart attack recently, you've taken furazolidone or monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (phenelzine) within the last 14 days, or you are taking astemizole, droperidol, or terfenadine.
Possible side effects
Possible side effects are the following: dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; excitement; headache; impotence; nausea; nightmares; pupil dilation; sensitivity to sunlight; sweating; tiredness; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness; weight loss or gain.
You should call for medical help immediately, if you feel some symptoms of more serious side effects, such as: allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision or other vision changes; changes in sex drive; chest pain; confusion; constipation; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever; frequent or difficult urination; hallucinations; impulsive behavior or other unusual changes in behavior; jaw, neck, or muscle spasms; mental or mood changes (increased anxiety, mood swings, agitation, irritability, nervousness, restlessness); panic attacks; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe dizziness or drowsiness; sore throat; stomach pain; suicidal thinking or behavior; swelling of the testicles; tremor; trouble sleeping; trouble walking or keeping your balance; twitching of the face or tongue; uncontrolled movements of arms and legs or stiffness; unusual bleeding or bruising; worsening of depression; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
You must consult with your doctor about interaction between Anacin and the following drugs: barbiturates (phenobarbital) or phenytoin , anticholinergics (benztropine), carbamazepine, chlorpropamide, or sympathomimetics (phenylephrine), azole antifungals (fluconazole), cimetidine, duloxetine, flecainide, methylphenidate, mibefradil, phenothiazines (chlorpromazine), propafenone, quinidine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (fluoxetine), or terbinafine, arsenic, astemizole, droperidol, furazolidone, MAOIs (phenelzine), pimozide, quinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin), streptogramins (dalfopristin), terfenadine, or tramadol, clonidine, guanethidine, or guanfacine,anticholinergics (benztropine), carbamazepine, chlorpropamide, or sympathomimetics (phenylephrine).
Never take more than prescribed dose, even if you missed the one. Try to take it as soon as possible. Or, if it's too late, just skip it and take your usually dose next day in the same regularly time. But if you take 1 dose daily at bedtime, never take the missed dose the next morning.
In case if you think that you could be overdosed by Anacin you should call for medical help immediately. Symptoms of Anacin are following: agitation; bluish skin or mucous membranes; breathing problems; chest pain; coma; confusion; dry mouth; loss of consciousness; restlessness;severe drowsiness;enlarged pupils; rigid muscles; seizures; excess sweating; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; flushing; in-coordination; involuntary movements; shock; stupor; trouble breathing; vomiting.
Store at room temperature between 68-77 F (20-25 C), in a dark and dry place. Save it from children and pets. Watch the expiration date!
The information presented at the site has a general character. Note please this information cannot be used for self-treatment and self diagnosis. You should consult with your doctor or health care adviser regarding any specific instructions of your condition. The information is reliable, but we concede it could contain mistakes. We are not responsible for any direct, indirect, special or other damage caused by use of this information on the site and also for consequences of self-treatment.