Improves your mood. Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain. Improves mood and helps you relax. Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It may work when other antidepressants haven't, but it's more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 5.47 Pamelor
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Dry mouth 11%
Sleep difficulty 8%
Abnormal ejaculation 16%
Muscle weakness 14%
More Effexor side effects » How it works Pamelor Effexor Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). It helps improve your mood by altering the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and other similar chemicals in your brain. Effexor (Venlafaxine) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulate mood. Type of medication Pamelor Effexor Prescription only Prescription only Available as Pamelor Effexor Used for Pamelor Effexor Risk factors for serious side effects Pamelor Effexor › Age 24 years or younger › Age 65 years or older › Stopping Pamelor (Nortriptyline) suddenly › Using other medications that affect serotonin › History of heart disease Detailed Pamelor (nortriptyline) risks & warnings » › Age 24 years or younger › Using other medications that affect serotonin › Stopping Effexor (Venlafaxine) suddenly › History of high blood pressure › Taking other blood-thinning drugs Detailed Effexor (venlafaxine) risks & warnings »
The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Food Pamelor Effexor › Take it with food and/or at bedtime to decrease the potential side effects. No food related info.
Sex Pamelor Effexor No sex related info. › Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate. Upsides and benefits Pamelor Effexor › Helpful with treating certain types of pain, like migraines or nerve-related pain. › Generally well tolerated and has fewer side effects than other medicines in the same class of drugs. › Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms. › Lowers relapse rates of depression. › Causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping. › Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them. › Might work when other antidepressants haven't worked since it affects two chemicals in the brain that impact your mood. Many other antidepressants affect only serotonin, but not norepinephrine too. Downsides and risks Pamelor Effexor › Side effects are usually manageable, but can be annoying. › Increases the risk of falls, especially when used in the elderly. › There's an increased chance of it causing heart problems, especially in people with a history of heart problems. › Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate. › Not the best option for people with high blood pressure. › Overdosing on this medication could be fatal. › It's more likely to cause nausea and vomiting or make you feel sick if you miss a dose than other antidepressants. Also causes more sleepiness than others. › Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24. › The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Pamelor Effexor › Needs to be taken every day for 1 to 2 weeks to start feeling better, and for 6 to 8 weeks to see the full effect of the medication. › It's important to keep taking Pamelor (Nortriptyline) even when you feel your symptoms are getting better. › Take it with food and/or at bedtime to decrease the potential side effects. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. › If you decide to stop taking Pamelor (Nortriptyline), work with your doctor to slowly get off this medicine to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. › Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood. › You can take the extended-release form once a day with food either in the morning or in the evening at about the same time each day. › Extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole. If you can’t swallow pills, open the capsule, sprinkle it on a spoonful of applesauce and then swallow it without chewing. › Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms. › Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts. Learn more More about Pamelor Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Effexor Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert