How Does Pamelor Work?
is a tricyclic antidepressant
. Tricyclic antidepressants
are an older group of medications that have been used to treat depression
for many years. Even though Pamelor has been around for a long time, it is not entirely clear how the medication works. It is known that Pamelor affects several chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine.
Can Children and Teens Use It?
Pamelor is not recommended for use in people younger than 18 years old, as it has not been thoroughly studied in children or teens. Antidepressants
have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in short-term research studies involving children and teenagers (see Nortriptyline and Suicide for more information on the risks of suicide with Pamelor)
. Talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options for childhood or teen depression
Is Pamelor Used for Off-Label Reasons?
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Pamelor for something other than depression. This is called an "off-label
" use. At this time, there are several off-label Pamelor uses, such as: