If you're on one of the most common antidepressant to treat depression, you should be aware of some Nortriptyline side effects. Commonly sold under the trade names Pamelor or Aventyl, the medication nortriptyline is used to treat bipolar depression or other mood disorders. The common nortriptyline side effects are listed below and should be things you should look out for, particularly when you first start taking the drug.
- A common Nortriptyline side effect seen in clinical trials was actually worsening depression. It was unclear, however, if this side effect was caused by the drug or the underlying disease. Additional clinical trials are ongoing to try and answer this question. As an aside, this side effect was seen in those people under the age of 21 taking this medication.
- Another common Nortriptyline side effect is suicidal thoughts. Like worsening depression though, it is unclear whether these increased thoughts of suicide are related to the disease or the drugs. And, again, increases suicide thoughts was reported mostly in those under 21 who were taking this medication. Regardless, if you're on Nortriptyline and find yourself thinking of suicide frequently, run, do not walk, to your nearby doctor and report this adverse event.
- Nortriptyline may also cause drowsiness so beware of this side effect before you go driving in your car. Like the other side effects, drowsiness was generally seen early on during the start of treatment so, if you're fine after a week or two, this side effect will probably not affect you. Sadly, nortriptyline may also cause increased appetite, particularly for sweets. If you have a sweet tooth anyway, you might want to steer clear from this depression buster.
- In rare cases, breast enlargement in both men and women was seen. Now, as a chick, you might be thinking 'cool' but as a dude, is this really what you want. Again though, this Nortriptyline side effect was only seen rarely so you're probably ok.
Warning: If you experience any of the above side effects while on Nortriptyline, report them immediately to your doctor. There are LOTS of different antidepressants on the market and it's only a matter of time before you find the one that works just right for you.