Pamelor is a brand name for the antidepressant Nortriptyline.
How It Works
Pamelor is a tricyclic antidepressant. It can affect the levels “mood changing” neurotransmitters in your brain like serotonin to make you feel better when clinically depressed.
Pamelor is mainly prescribed to treat a spectrum of depressive disorders. It may also be used as a nerve pain medication.
Dosage varies from patient to patient depending on factors such as severity of condition and medical history. Your doctor will prescribe you the right amount of Pamelor to take.
Take Pamelor exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Carefully read the patient information leaflet and the medication guide provided with the packaging for more information.
You should take Pamelor by the mouth. You can take pills with or without a meal, or as instructed by your doctor.
You should take Pamelor regularly for the treatment to work. Do not increase your prescribed dosage without doctor’s instructions.
Do not stop taking Pamelor abruptly. Doing so may make your condition worse and possibly cause withdrawal symptoms.
It may take several weeks after taking Pamelor for you to notice an improvement regarding your medical condition.
Pamelor may cause any one of the following side effects:
Sensitivity to sunlight
Weight loss or gain
Side effects other than the ones reported above may occur.
You must immediate report to your doctor if side effects get worse. Consult with your doctor if side effects do not go away after 3 to 5 days.
Antidepressants like Pamelor are known to increase the risk of suicide among teens, children, young adults and some adults when the treatment first begins. Depression is the main cause of suicidal thoughts. However, Pamelor may exacerbate these thoughts. Those taking Pamelor need to be monitored for the first weeks once the treatment commences.
Do not take Pamelor if you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients listed.
Pamelor is not recommended for use among pregnant women or women who are planning to get pregnant. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding before undergoing treatment.
You should not consume alcohol while taking Pamelor. Tell your prescribing physician if you have a history of alcohol abuse.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following condition or have had them in the past: heart problems, problems in the kidney or liver, overactive thyroid, glaucoma or elevated eye pressure levels, diabetes, porphyria, problems urinating or seizures. Disclose your complement medical history to the prescribing physician to make sure Pamelor is safe for you to use.
Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery if Pamelor causes you to be dizzy or light headed.
Inform your surgeon that you are taking Pamelor if planning to undergo a procedure.
Pamelor alone cannot treat depression. You must follow other forms of therapy to manage symptoms of feeling down and possible suicidal thoughts.