How Does Nortriptyline Work?

Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is a medication approved for the treatment of depression. It is available by prescription only and comes in the form of a capsule and liquid.
 
So how does nortriptyline work? Nortriptyline is part of a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Although it is not entirely clear how it works, nortriptyline is known to affect several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. It is thought that the medication might allow these chemicals to stay in the brain longer, which can help with depression symptoms.
 
(For more information on how this drug works, click Nortriptyline. This article also covers the medication's dosing guidelines and explains what side effects may occur during treatment.)
 
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