Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of depression in adults. It is approved for use only in people over the age of 18. Antidepressants such as nortriptyline may take several weeks before they begin working. Often, the physical symptoms (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first, sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. It usually takes a few weeks before significant changes in mood occur.
Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend this drug for off-label reasons. At this time, there are several off-label uses (indications) for nortriptyline, including treatment of the following conditions:
(Click What Is Nortriptyline Used For? for more information about nortriptyline's indications -- including other off-label uses -- and to find out how this medication works for depression.)