Generic Name(s): Nortriptyline
Drug Class: second-generation tricyclic antidepressant
Treats: major depression
Pamelor is a second generation antidepressant drug. It is an FDA approved medicine used both in the US and UK to treat cases of major depression. Pamelor is also used for the treatment of other conditions and aids smokers to quit. Pamelor, like other antidepressants, may result in suicidal thoughts, especially in young patients prescribed for the first time. Pamelor is also known to produce severe side effects so patients are advised to be on the lookout for these symptoms and report them to a doctor at once.
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Pamelor is prescribed for the treatment of mood disorders such as depression and to relieve anxiety. Pamelor is also widely used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, panic disorder, migraine headaches, chronic pain and symptoms of anxiety. Pamelor is sometimes used by doctors to treat other conditions not listed here.
- irritable bowel syndrome
- panic disorder
- migraine headaches
- chronic pain
- symptoms of anxiety
- smoking addiction
Pamelor dosage depends on a number of factors including the condition being treated and the severity of the condition. Other factors such as medical history will also factor in. Pamelor dosage should be taken exactly as the doctor prescribed without alterations whatsoever. Changes can only be made to Pamelor with a doctor's approval. Common Pamelor dosage in either liquid or tablet form is as follows:
- Adults: 25 mg taken 3 to 4 times per day
- Elderly and adolescent patients: 30 to 50 mg per day. This can be a single dose of Pamelor or split into several smaller doses.
Pamelor Side Effects
There are a number of Pamelor side effects that are reported by patients. Different patients experience different side effects with some more severe than others. Allergic reactions to Pamelor include - hives, difficulty breathing - swelling on face, tongue, throat and lips.
Serious Pamelor side effects include:
- sore throat
- easy bruising
- unusual bleeding in anus, nose or vagina
- chest pain that gets worse
- difficult or painful urination
- seizures and convulsions
Common Pamelor side effects include:
- dry mouth
- feeling weak
- tingly feeling
- ringing in the ears
- blurred vision
- lack of coordination
- low sex drive
- breast swelling
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Patients are advised to inform their doctor at once if the severe side effects are encountered or if the common side effects last longer than one week.
Drug interactions generally affect the way a drug works and may result in severe allergic reactions. If Pamelor is taken with certain types of foods or medicines, its effects could be altered, enhanced or reduced. The following products may interact with Pamelor.
- Medicines used to treat high blood pressure
- Parkinson's disease medicines
- Medicines used to treat mental illness allergies colds and seizures
- Muscle relaxants
- Sleeping pills
- thyroid medication
Patients prescribed Pamelor should tell their doctors about all the natural health products, diet supplements and medication they are using to prevent drug interactions and possible allergic reactions.