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There are several Pamelor warnings and precautions to be aware of, including an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior, the possibility of the drug causing problems in people with bipolar disorder, and the potential risks involved with taking the medication during pregnancy. Prior to taking Pamelor, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have seizures, glaucoma, or diabetes. You should not take Pamelor if you have had a heart attack or have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks.
Pamelor: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Pamelor® (nortriptyline hydrochloride) if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Severe anxiety or agitation
- Had a recent heart attack
- Heart problems, including heart disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Bladder problems or difficulty passing urine
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol regularly.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.