Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced.

Nortriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression.

Nortriptyline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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  • Nortriptyline
  • Applies to nortriptyline: oral capsule, oral solution, oral tablet

    As well as its needed effects, nortriptyline may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

    If any of the following side effects occur while taking nortriptyline, check with your doctor immediately:
    Incidence not known

    Abdominal or stomach pain
    agitation
    blurred vision
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    chest pain or discomfort
    clay-colored stools
    cold sweats
    confusion about identity, place, and time false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts
    continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
    decreased urination
    depression
    difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
    difficulty with speaking
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    double vision
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    feeling of warmth
    feeling, seeing, or hearing things that are not there
    feeling that others are watching you or controlling your behavior
    feeling that others can hear your thoughts
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    hostility
    hyperventilation
    inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
    inability to speak
    irritability
    loss of balance control
    lower back or side pain
    mood or mental changes
    muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
    muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness
    nightmares
    pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
    painful or difficult urination
    panic
    perspiration
    pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
    redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
    restlessness
    seizures
    slurred speech
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    stiffness of the limbs
    sweating
    swelling of the face, ankles, legs, or hands
    talking, feeling, and acting with excitement
    trouble sleeping
    twisting movements of the body uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back
    weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

    Some nortriptyline side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:
  • Nortriptyline (oral capsule, oral solution, compounding powder) Please confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.