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Have you tried to Get Off Nortriptyline or Taper Off Nortripytline only to experience Nortriptyline Withdrawal?  Harvard Medical School has warned that Tricyclic medications and any anticholingergic medication cause a higher risk of dementia. Are you looking for Help to Get Off Nortriptyline and would like to minimize Nortriptyline Withdrawal symptoms while you Taper off Nortriptyline?  Our program is simple to implement yet powerfully effective to help provide you the relief you need to Get Off Nortriptyline. Our nonprofit can help you. We take a holistic approach to supporting Nortriptyline Withdrawal while you Come Off Nortriptyline gently. Nortriptyline carries a high rate of withdrawal symptoms that include restlessness, anxiety, muscle pain, headaches, brain zaps, nausea and chills. Learn how to Taper Off Nortriptyline properly while helping to ease Nortriptyline Withdrawals.  We can help you Come Off Nortriptyline, so don't Quit Nortriptyline on your own, we've helped people in 78 countries that wanted to know How to Taper Off Nortriptyline and we can help you.  CONTACT Us for a FREE consulation to learn how to Stop Nortriptyline.



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Our Nortriptyline weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Nortriptyline under the guidance of Our Team, Your Physician and Pharmacist. The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not wean Nortriptyline until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical. Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help ease Nortriptyline withdrawal and support well-being.*

Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis. Our In-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An assessment is done once you start the Nortriptyline Withdrawal Program which allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on the medications; health challenges; lifestyle, stress levels; additional medications; and interactions. Don't Wean Nortriptyline alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.

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      Nortriptyline History and Information

      Nortriptyline is a 2nd generation Tricyclic Antidepressant with common side effects that include dry mouth, sedation, constipation, increased appetite, blurred vision, tinnitus, euphoria and mania. An occasional side effect is a rapid or irregular heart beat and alcohol can exacerbate side effects and should be avoided.   Nortriptyline should not be abruptly or rapidly discontinued due to the potential of severe Nortriptyline withdrawal symptoms. It is recommended to do a slow Nortriptyline taper to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Contact Us if you need help weaning off of Nortriptyline or have questions. 

      Nortriptyline Hydrochloride is the active metabolite of Amitriptyline and is considered a second-generation tricylic antidepressant (TCA). It is also marketed as Sensoval, Aventyl, Pamelor, Norpress, Allegraon, Noritren and Nortrilen.

      Notriptyline is approved for the treatment of major depression and childhood nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), but it is also used off-label for panic disorder, irritable bowel, migraines and chronic pain. Although Nortriptyline and other Tricyclic Antidepressants are frequently prescribed for gastroparesis, a randomized clinical trial published in the December 25, 2013 issue of JAMA Medical Journal showed Nortriptyline was not more effective than placebo.

      Tricyclic Antidepressants were developed in the early 1950s amid the explosive expansion of psychopharmacology and named after their chemical structure that contains three rings of atoms. Tricyclics began with the synthesis of chlorpromazine in December 1950 and generated significant revenue as an antipsychotic by 1955. This spurred chemists to explore other derivatives. The first clinical trial took place in 1955 and it wasn't long before Tricyclics became the first choice for the treatment of depression. But due to their side effect profile, Tricylics have been largely replaced by SSRIs and other antidepressants.

      All Tricyclics, including Nortiprtyline, have a narrow therapeutic index, increasing the likelihood of an overdose (both accidental and intentional). Close monitoring is recommended for any patient on Nortriptyline with a history of cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, stroke, seizures, or hyperthyroid. Nortriptyline should not be combined with MAO Inhibitors, Turmeric or Curcumin due to the risk of Serotonin Syndrome.

      Nortriptyline should not be abruptly or rapidly discontinued due to the potential of severe withdrawal symptoms. It is recommended to do a slow taper to help minimize symptoms.

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      Nortriptyline Withdrawal Symptoms, Side Effects, Adverse Reactions


      drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, weight gain, or trouble urinating, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, hypotension, hypertension, palpitation, tachycardia, coma, seizures, hallucinations; delusions, confused states; disorientation, incoordination, tremors, peripheral neuropathy, abnormal involuntary movements, tardive dyskinesia, dysarthria, disturbed concentration, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, nightmares, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, headache, syndrome of inappropriate ADH secretion, tinnitus, hyperpyrexia, urinary retention, dilation of urinary tract, constipation, blurred vision, increased ocular pressure, skin rash, urticarial, edema of face and tongue, bone marrow depression, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, stomatitis; peculiar taste, diarrhea, black tongue, testicular swelling, breast enlargement – female, increased or decreased libido, impotence, elevation and lowering of blood sugar levels, alopecia, weight gain or loss, urinary frequency, increased perspiration 


      aggression, anxiety, balance issues , blurred vision, brain zaps, concentration impairment, constipation, crying spells, depersonalization, diarrhea, dizziness. electric shock sensations, fatigue, flatulence, flu-like symptoms, hallucinations, hostility, highly emotional, indigestion, irritability, impaired speech, insomnia, jumpy nerves, lack of coordination, lethargy, migraine headaches / increased headaches, nausea, nervousness, over-reacting to situations, paranoia, repetitive thoughts or songs, sensory & sleep disturbances, severe internal restlessness (akathisia), stomach cramps, tremors, tinnitus (ear ringing or buzzing), tingling sensations, troubling thoughts, visual hallucinations / illusions, vivid dreams, speech or visual changes, worsened depression


      Severe: seizures, agranulocytosis, hepatic failure, serotonin syndrome, suicidal ideation, ileus, myocardial infarction, stroke, ventricular tachycardia, heart failure, ocular hypertension, vasculitis, SIADH

      Moderate: dysarthria. blurred vision, urinary retention, elevated hepatic enzymes, leukopenia, eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, goiter, jaundice, hepatitis, constipation, impotence (erectile dysfunction), ejaculation dysfunction, withdrawal, memory impairment, peripheral neuropathy, EEG changes, ataxia, delirium, mania, akathisia, hallucinations, hostility, psychosis, confusion, stomatitis, parotitis, glossitis, hypertension, QT prolongation, palpitations, orthostatic hypotension, PR prolongation, sinus tachycardia, cycloplegia, testicular swelling, galactorrhe, edema, erythema, diabetes mellitus, hyponatremia, hyperthermia

      Mild: yawning, insomnia, abdominal pain, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, purpura, drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, headache, tremor, dyspepsia, xerostomia, nausea, appetite stimulation, weight gain, tinnitus, nightmares, weakness, paresthesias, irritability, restlessness, anxiety, agitation, tongue discoloration, dysgeusia / Early / Incidence not knownpyrosis (heartburn, mydriasis, breast enlargement, gynecomastia, libido decrease, petechiae, photosensitivity, urticaria, pruritus, fever, alopecia, hyperhidrosis, lushing, rash, increased urinary frequency


      Children, suicidal ideation

      The safety and efficacy of nortriptyline have not been established for the treatment of depression in adolescents or children less than 18 years of age. In October 2004, the FDA directed manufacturers of all antidepressants to include a boxed warning detailing the risk of suicide in pediatric patients. A causal role has been established for antidepressants in inducing suicidality in pediatric patients. The risk of suicidality for these drugs was identified in a pooled analysis of 24 placebo-controlled trials (n = 4,400) lasting up to 16 weeks in pediatric patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders. The analysis showed a greater risk of suicidality during the first few months of treatment in those receiving antidepressants (SSRIs and others). The average risk of such events on drug was 4% and 2% for placebo; however, no suicides occurred in these trials. Pooled analysis of short-term clinical trials during early phase treatment with SSRIs and other antidepressants in young adults (18 to 24 years) also showed an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. The clinical need for an antidepressant in children or young adults for any use must be weighed against the risk of increased suicidality; patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior, particularly within the first few months of starting therapy or at the time of dose increase or decrease; such observation would generally include at least weekly face-to-face contact with patients during the first 4 weeks of treatment, then every other week visits for the next 4 weeks, then at 12 weeks, and as clinically indicated beyond 12 weeks; additional contact by telephone may be appropriate between visits. It is unknown if the suicidality risk in children and young adults extends to longer-term therapy (i.e., beyond several months). The possibility of a suicide attempt is inherent in patients with depressive symptoms, whether these occur in primary depression or in association with another primary psychiatric disorder. All patients with a history of suicidal ideation or behaviors and those with a prominence of suicidal ideation prior to treatment are considered at an increased risk for suicidal ideation or attempts, and should be closely monitored during treatment with nortriptyline. In patients who exhibit changes in symptoms, worsening of depression or suicidality, a decision should be made to change or discontinue treatment. If discontinuing, medication should be tapered as rapidly as possible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can also cause adverse symptoms. All antidepressants should be prescribed in the smallest quantity consistent with good patient management in order to reduce the risk of overdose. 

      Nortriptyline References and Information

      According to the FDA:

      Withdrawal Symptoms – Though these are not indicative of addiction, abrupt cessation of treatment after prolonged therapy may produce nausea, headache, and malaise.

      Consideration should be given to changing the therapeutic regimen, including possibly discontinuing the medication, in patients whose depression is persistently worse, or who are experiencing emergent suicidality or symptoms that might be precursors to worsening depression or suicidality, especially if these symptoms are severe, abrupt in onset, or were not part of the patient’s presenting symptoms.

      Drugs Metabolized by P450 2D6 – The biochemical activity of the drug metabolizing isozyme cytochrome P450 2D6 (debrisoquin hydroxylase) is reduced in a subset of the Caucasian population (about 7% to 10% of Caucasians are so called “poor metabolizers”); reliable estimates of the prevalence of reduced P450 2D6 isozyme activity among Asian, African and other populations are not yet available. Poor metabolizers have higher than expected plasma concentrations of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) when given usual doses. Depending on the fraction of drug metabolized by P450 2D6, the increase in plasma concentration may be small, or quite large (8 fold increase in plasma AUC of the TCA).

      In addition, certain drugs inhibit the activity of this isozyme and make normal metabolizers resemble poor metabolizers. An individual who is stable on a given doseof TCA may become abruptly toxic when given one of these inhibiting drugs as concomitant therapy. The drugs that inhibit cytochrome P450 2D6 include some that are not metabolized by the enzyme (quinidine; cimetidine) and many that are substrates for P450 2D6 (many other antidepressants, phenothiazines, and the Type 1C antiarrhythmics propafenone and flecainide). While all the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine, inhibit P450 2D6, they may vary in the extent of inhibition. The extent to which SSRI TCA interactions may pose clinical problems will depend on the degree of inhibition and the pharmacokinetics of the SSRI involved. Nevertheless, caution is indicated in the co-administration of TCAs with any of the SSRIs and also in switching from one class to the other. Of particular importance, sufficient time must elapse before initiating TCA treatment in a patient being withdrawn from fluoxetine, given the long half-life of the parent and active metabolite (at least 5 weeks may be necessary).

      Concomitant use of tricyclic antidepressants with drugs that can inhibit cytochrome P450 2D6 may require lower doses than usually prescribed for either the tricyclic antidepressant or the other drug. Furthermore, whenever one of these other drugs is withdrawn from co-therapy, an increased dose of tricyclic antidepressant may be required. It is desirable to monitor TCA plasma levels whenever a TCA is going to be co-administered with another drug known to be an inhibitor of P450 2D6.








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