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nortriptyline hydrochloride (pamelor)

available over the counter: no

uses: major depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, chronic pain

mechanism of action: affects levels of norepinephrine, a chemical within the brain which may be linked to mood, emotions and mental state

side effects

  • common: drowsiness, dizziness, headache, unpleasant taste, fatigue, weight gain, nausea, increased appetite
  • less common: heartburn, difficulty sleeping, diarrhea, profuse sweating, vomiting

concerns: should not be within reach of suicidal patients


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