Nortriptyline for Children

Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is a medication that is often used for treating symptoms of depression. It is available by prescription only and belongs to a class of antidepressants known as tricyclic antidepressants.
Healthcare providers generally will not recommend nortriptyline for children under the age of 18 years old. Antidepressants have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in short-term research studies involving children and teenagers. Therefore, it's important to talk with your healthcare provider about treatment options for childhood or teen depression.
(Click What Is Nortriptyline Used For? for more information about children and nortriptyline, to find out how this antidepressant works, and for a list of possible off-label uses.)
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