nortriptyline, Pamelor, Aventyl - has been discontinued in the U.S. (cont.)

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Rare side effects include:

Nortriptyline also can cause elevated pressure in the eyes of some patients with glaucoma.

Overdoses of nortriptyline can cause life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms or seizures.

If nortriptyline is discontinued abruptly, headache, nausea, and general discomfort may occur. Therefore, it is recommended that the dose of antidepressant be reduced gradually when therapy is discontinued.

Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in short-term studies in children and adolescents with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of nortriptyline or any other antidepressant in a child or adolescent must balance this risk with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thinking or behavior, and unusual changes in behavior.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: 10, 25, 50, and 75 mg. Oral solution: 10 mg/teaspoon

STORAGE: Nortriptyline should be stored below 30 C (86 F) in a tight, light resistant container.

DOSING:

Adults: The usual dose of nortriptyline in adults is 25 mg given 3 to 4 times daily. The total daily dose can also be given at night. The maximum dose is 150 mg daily. The optimal blood levels are 50 to 150 ng/ml.

Children >13 to 18 years old: Doses usually are 30 to 50 mg once daily or in divided doses for children >13 to 18 years old. It is advisable to begin at a low dose and increase the dose slowly.

Children <13 years old: Although the safety and efficacy of nortriptyline in children <13 years old has not been established, the drug has been used to reduce bedwetting in children aged 6 to 13 years old. The dosing (10-35 mg/day) is based on weight and is given 30 minutes before bedtime; dosing is determined by the pediatric doctor.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/19/2014


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