Medication Monday: Pamelor

Another week has come and gone, and it is once again Monday, which means it is time once again for Medication Monday, the weekly series that examines some of the mental health medications available on the market and offers readers a brief introduction to those medications. This week we are talking about the antidepressant Pamelor (Nortriptyline).

Pamelor belongs to a class of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants. It may help manage common symptoms of depression such as a lack of energy, anxiety, and tension. And it may increase overall feelings of well-being and help users live a more active life. However, the improvements can come with side effects.

Some of the side effects of Pamelor include blurred vision, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, weight gain, or trouble urinating. Additionally, pregnant or nursing mothers should not use Pamelor because of the risk of it passing to the fetus or it passing through breast milk. Pamelor is not approved for use in pediatric patients. 

As with most medications, you should not stop taking Pamelor if you start feeling better, nor should you stop taking Pamelor suddenly, as doing so may exacerbate the underlying conditions. If your doctor prescribed this medication, they would have done so because they believed it was the best treatment option. If you have concerns about this drug, you should consult with your doctor since Medication Monday is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. Rather, it is a brief informative introduction to the various mental health medications available on the market. As such, I hope this has been informative, and thanks as always, for reading.

Source: WebMD – Pamelor

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