Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is licensed for the treatment of depression in adults. It can also be given to teenagers or the elderly; however, a lower dose is required in such cases. Most people take this medicine without problems, although there are some dangers with nortriptyline to be aware of.
For example, side effects are possible with nortriptyline; common ones (which are usually not dangerous) include drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth. Potentially serious reactions include seizures, changes in heart rhythm, and jaundice. If you experience anything during treatment that "just does not seem right," contact your healthcare provider.
Although nortriptyline is not inherently "dangerous," an overdose of this medication can have life-threatening consequences, and some people are more likely to experience problems during treatment. For example, people with a history of heart problems, schizophrenia, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism may need to take a different drug instead of nortriptyline.
(To learn more about these and other potential dangers, click Nortriptyline Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Nortriptyline.)