Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is a prescription medication used to treat depression. The drug comes in capsule and liquid form and is taken one to four times a day. There are several strengths of nortriptyline capsules available, ranging from 10 mg to 75 mg. The liquid form is available in one strength -- Nortriptyline oral solution 10 mg per 5 mL (10 mg per teaspoonful).
The strength and dosage that is right for you will depend on several factors, such as your age, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are taking. In general, nortriptyline should be started at a low dose and increased slowly if necessary. It often takes several weeks to see the full antidepressant effect of nortriptyline. Try to give nortriptyline a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
(Click Nortriptyline Dosing for a more in-depth look at the strengths available. This article also highlights several tips for when and how to use this antidepressant.)