What do nortriptyline capsules do?
NORTRIPTYLINE (Aventyl(R)) is an antidepressant. Nortriptyline can help to lift your spirits by treating your depression. Generic nortriptyline capsules are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take nortriptyline?
an alcohol problem
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
asthma, difficulty breathing
blood disorders or disease
difficulty passing urine, prostate trouble
having intramuscular injections
heart disease, or recent heart attack
over active thyroid
an unusual or allergic reaction to nortriptyline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take nortriptyline capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the capsules with a drink of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber’s advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Elderly patients over 65 years old and adolescents may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with nortriptyline?
Nortriptyline can interact with many other medicines. An interaction can be very important or fairly insignificant. Make sure your prescriber or health care professional knows about all other medicines you are taking. The most important medicines are listed below:
barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions)
cimetidine and ranitidine
female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as diazepam or temazepam
medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
medicines for hay fever and other allergies
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
medicines for movement abnormalities as in Parkinson’s disease, or for gastointestinal problems
other medicines for mental depression
seizure (convulsion) or epilepsy medicine
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking nortriptyline?
abnormal production of milk in females
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
blurred vision or eye pain
breast enlargement in both males and females
confusion, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not really there)
irregular or fast, pounding heartbeat, palpitations
muscle stiffness, or spasms
pain or difficulty passing urine, loss of bladder control
sexual difficulties (decreased sexual ability or desire)
swelling of the testicles
tingling, pain, or numbness in the feet or hands
unusual weakness or tiredness
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
constipation, or diarrhea
drowsiness or dizziness
increased sensitivity of the skin to sun or ultraviolet light
loss of appetite
skin rash or itching
weight gain or loss