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My doc just prescribed nortiptyline for when I finally get off the pain meds. Does anyone have any experience with this drug. Any advice? Thanks everyone...it's supposed to help with neck and back pain and is non-addictive.
Hey Wall.....I'm not followin' you either ~ HEHE ~
Nortrip is an tri-cyclic antidepressant, but an AD nonetheless, which the docs like to put us on in order to help us "cope better" with our daily pain issues.
Its not a pain pill. It can be addictive. It will make you sleepy. My mom has been on this since 1999. We had a horrible death in our family and she was the person who found the person who had passed away suddenly, unexpectedly. It was her mother, my grandma. Oh, sorry, anyway, in order to cope with that, the docs gave her the amitriptyline at night to sleep. It also helped calm her nerves during the day. She's been on it ever since.
I take the slow-release Paxil anti-anxiety med. I like it. It helps me to not be so anxious when I feel the really bad pain setting in for a flare. I swear it also keeps me from beating my children, but that's another story...LOL j/k. Put it this way, if I go without it, the kids and hubby can tell. Its that helpful for my moods and overall anxiety level.
So, that's all I know about them. Just be careful (first time I tried it I could barely walk to the bed AND was very fatigued the next day) But give it try, it may very well be a helpful tool for you in managing your pain.
Another thing you should be aware of is amitriptyline is an opiate enhancer. I used to just about o.d. myself by taking it along with methadone. Not a good idea, just a heads up in case your taking any other kind of meds. Make sure it's combatable.
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Is amitriptyline the same thing as nortriptyline?
Amitriptyline & Nortriptyline [posted 12/08/98]
Question: What is the difference between amitriptyline and nortriptyline? Is one better than the other for insomnia? Also, is it ok to drink taking either one of these tricyclic antidepressants?
Answer: They belong to the same class of antidepressants, the tricyclics. They have a somewhat different structure;but, similar side effects and toxicities. Amitriptyline tends to be somewhat more sedating and better as a sleep adjunct. Alcohol should be avoided due to boths ability to cause cardiac irregularity.
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