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Improves your mood. Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain.Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain. Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.
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Side effects

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FDA side effect reports for Pamelor »
  • Dizziness 32%
  • Drowsiness 19%
  • Nausea 19%
  • Vomiting 15%
  • Itching 6%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Muscle weakness 4%
  • Blurred vision 4%
  • Rash 3%
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How it works
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.Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to block certain kinds of nerve activity to reduce seizures and pain.
Type of medication
Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)
Prescription only
AnticonvulsantPrescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Stopping Pamelor (Nortriptyline) suddenly
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • History of heart disease
  • Older age
  • Electrolyte imbalance
Detailed Pamelor (Nortriptyline) risks & warnings »
  • People also taking Depakote
  • Asian ancestry
    • History of depression
    • European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry
      • Age 65 years or older
      • Stopping Tegretol (Carbamazepine) suddenly
      Detailed Tegretol (Carbamazepine) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      • Take it with food and/or at bedtime to decrease the potential side effects.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      • Stopping Pamelor (Nortriptyline) suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and dizziness. Withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 3-5 days of stopping the medication, and go away within 1-2 weeks. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
      No specific sleep-related info.
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      • 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.
      • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic and partial seizures.
      • First-line option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
      • May be helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
      Downsides and risks
      • 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.
      • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
      • Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
      • Can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and upset stomach.
      • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
      • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      • 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.
      • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
      • Report skin rashes or blistering immediately.
      • Don't use if pregnant.
      • Requires routine blood tests.
      • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
      • Takes up to 5 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
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