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Pamelor: When should this antidepressant be prescribed?

Brand Name: Pamelor

Generic Name: Nortriptyline hydrochloride

Other Brand Name: Aventyl

Pamelor: When is this antidepressant prescribed?

Pamelor 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 medication.

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 

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