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Pamelor (Nortriptyline) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients


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Below are Pamelor (Nortriptyline) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 2 ratings/reviews, Pamelor has an overall score of 7. The effectiveness score is 9 and the side effect score is 6. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.

Pamelor review by 30 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   depression
Dosage & duration:   10-50mg taken daily for the period of 18 months
Other conditions:   facial nerve pain, migraines, upper back pain
Other drugs taken:   topamax (topiramate)
Reported Results
Benefits:   This medication was greatly effective in alleviating my depression, more effective than SSRIs or SNRIs I have tried. Also, the effects did not seem to wear off with time (over the course of treatment, 9-12 months) which I experienced with celexa and effexor xr. The facial pain was also decreased, this medication is also used as a treatment for nerve pain.
Side effects:   One of the most unfortunate side effects of all tricyclic antidepressants for many people is weight gain. I was 'lucky' that I did not gain weight, but I was almost totally unable to lose weight despite diligent nutrition and exercise. The medication also increased my heart rate. I was unable to take it at night (which is the common prescribing practice) as the accelerated heart rate would keep me awake. Taking it in the AM seemed to work around this problem but may have caused some daytime fatigue/sleepiness (this is why is it usually prescribed to be taken at night).
Comments:   I began at 10mg then worked up to a 50mg dose. I had relatively good suppression of depressive symptoms at all doses, higher doses being better. The higher doses did not seem to increase the weight gain/heart rate side effects any more than the lower doses (as in non-dose-dependent effects).


Pamelor review by 44 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   musle relaxant
Dosage & duration:   40mg taken every night for the period of 5years
Other conditions:   generaly healthy
Other drugs taken:   nothing
Reported Results
Benefits:   As I was able to relax my headache almost disappeared. The headache was due to stiff jaw syndrome. The symptoms should ease after two months but I feel relief the first day I start taking medicine. I was able to concentrate again and the most important I did not feel tired.
Side effects:   I felt sleepy. I put about 3kg weight. After 2 months side effects ease and then disappeared.
Comments:   take 40mg of the medicine every night before slip.

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