Depression is one of the most common conditions affecting the U.S. population, and it is often treated with drugs called antidepressants. Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is one of these medications. Categorized as a tricyclic antidepressant, it is believed to work by affecting the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. When more of these chemicals remain in the brain, it helps alleviate depression symptoms.
This medicine comes in the form of capsules and a liquid, and is generally taken anywhere from one to four times a day. Children and elderly patients often start with a lower amount than is usually recommended in adults. Other factors that affect the amount prescribed include your medical history and if you are taking any other drugs.
Keep in mind that when taking nortriptyline, this antidepressant can take several weeks before the full effects are felt, so do not be discouraged if you don't think it is working at first. In addition, do not adjust your dose without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
(For more information on this antidepressant, click Nortriptyline. This article provides a detailed overview of this medicine, including possible side effects, important safety precautions and warnings, and what to do in cases of overdose.)