Pamelor: When should this antidepressant be prescribed?
Brand Name: Pamelor
Generic Name: Nortriptyline hydrochloride
Other Brand Name: Aventyl
Pamelor: When is this antidepressant prescribed?
is a medication usually prescribed for the treatment of depression. It is a
medication within the drug classification of tricyclic antidepressant. Although
it is an antidepressant, doctors may sometimes also prescribe Pamelor in the
treatment of premenstrual depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
in children and bed wetting, as well as for chronic hives.
How long does it take Pamelor to work?
Like most antidepressants, Pamelor must be taken regularly to be effective and
it may be several weeks before you see the effects and feel better. You should
never skip doses even if it doesn't seem to make much of a difference at times.
In what cases should Pamelor not be prescribed?
This medication should not be prescribed if you're sensitive to it or have ever
had an allergic reaction to this or any similar drugs. You should make sure your
doctor is aware if you have an exaggerated or unusual reaction to this
You should not take Pamelor if you have been taking or have taken within the
last 14 days, an MAO inhibitor. Medications within this category include the
antidepressants Nardil and Parnate. If you were to combine these medications
with Pamelor, you could possibly develop fever and convulsions and it could even
possibly be fatal.
You should always have an ongoing discussion with your physician if you have had
any heart conditions. Unless your physician has directed you to, you should
usually not take this medication if you have had a heart attack or have taken
any other antidepressant medications. If you've been taking Prozac for example,
you may have to wait at least five weeks before beginning treatment with Pamelor
as a negative drug interaction could result.
Special information about Pamelor if you're pregnant or breast-feeding:
You should always talk to your doctor if you are planning
to become pregnant or believe that you are currently pregnant as the effects of
this antidepressant have not been adequately studied during pregnancy. You
should also consult with your doctor prior to
breast-feeding your baby if you are taking this depression medication.
The PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs
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Additional information By Paul Susic MA Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D Candidate