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It is used to treat depression.
               



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What is this medicine?

NORTRIPTYLINE (nor TRIP ti leen) is used to treat depression.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an alcohol problem
  • bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • difficulty passing urine, prostate trouble
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease or recent heart attack
  • liver disease
  • over active thyroid
  • seizures
  • thoughts or plans of suicide or a previous suicide attempt or family history of suicide attempt
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to nortriptyline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain medicines medicines for irregular heart beat
  • cisapride
  • halofantrine
  • linezolid
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • methylene blue (injected into a vein)
  • other medicines for mental depression
  • phenothiazines like perphenazine, thioridazine and chlorpromazine
  • pimozide
  • probucol
  • procarbazine
  • sparfloxacin
  • St. John's Wort
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with any of the following medications:

  • atropine and related drugs like hyoscyamine, scopolamine, tolterodine and others
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures, such as phenobarbital
  • cimetidine
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for seizures like carbamazepine or phenytoin
  • reserpine
  • thyroid medicine

               
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