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.
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
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
chest pain or discomfort
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
difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
difficulty with speaking
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
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
inability to move the arms, legs, or facial muscles
inability to speak
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
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
painful or difficult urination
pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
stiffness of the limbs
swelling of the face, ankles, legs, or hands
talking, feeling, and acting with excitement
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.