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|Lowest price||£55.01 (incl. VAT)|
|Prescription required||:||Yes (consultation included in the price)|
|Product||Price (incl doctor’s consult)|
|Nortrilen 10 mg 50 tabl.||£58.54||Start consultation|
|Nortrilen 25 mg 20 tabl.||£55.01||Start consultation|
|Nortrilen 25 mg 50 tabl.||£68.20||Start consultation|
|Nortrilen 25 mg 100 tabl.||£79.37||Start consultation|
What is Nortrilen?
Nortrilen contains the active ingredient nortriptyline, which is a type of medicine called a tricyclic antidepressant. This medicine counterbalances the shortage of neurotransmitters (compounds that act as chemical messengers between the nerve cells in the brain), which helps to alleviate certain psychological symptoms such as gloominess and lack of vitality. Nortrilen is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Nortrilen used for?
Nortrilen is often used in the treatment of depressive illness. A doctor might diagnose you with this illness if symptoms such as gloominess last more than two weeks. Depression is often accompanied by other symptoms such as apathy, lack of energy, sleeping difficulties, anxiety and fatigue.
Nortrilen may also be used to treat nicotine addiction and to reduce the symptoms of nerve pain and ADHD.
How to use Nortrilen
Nortrilen tablets should preferably be taken in the morning. The tablets should be swallowed whole with some water. They can be taken with or without food. It can take some time before the effect of this medicine is noticed. If your symptoms have not improved within two to four weeks, you should contact a doctor to discuss alternative drug options. If Nortrilen does have the desired effect, you will need to continue taking it for an extended period of time.
Nortrilen is available in tablets of 10, 25 and 50 mg. The doctor will recommend the right strength for you depending on your symptoms. The recommended dose for most types of depression is:
- Adults: 50 mg once daily.
The doctor may gradually increase the starting dose until the most effective dose is reached. A different starting dose may be prescribed for elderly people. Nortrilen is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.
Like all medicines, Nortrilen can have side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Faster than normal heart beat (tachycardia);
- Dry mouth;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, constipation);
- Shaking of the hands (tremor);
- Increased sweating.
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For a complete list of side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Nortrilen
Nortrilen is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to nortriptyline or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have heart problems such as arrhythmia or have recently had a heart attack.
If you have health problems such as epilepsy or glaucoma, consult a doctor before taking this medicine. Nortrilen is known to interact with some medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what medicines you are already taking to make sure the combination is safe.
Do not use Nortrilen, or only with a doctor’s approval, if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
This medicine may affect your ability to react. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure it won’t affect your performance.
Stop drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects.