Compare Pamelor vs. Vivactil

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Pamelor
(nortriptyline)

Vivactil
(protriptyline)

Improves your mood. Pamelor (Nortriptyline) is a good option for treating depression, especially for people who also have problems with persistent nerve pain.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 30 (10mg) capsules of nortriptyline
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Best available price for 60 (5mg) tablets of protriptyline
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5.47Pamelor
Reviews for Pamelor (nortriptyline)
79%
of people (All ages) say Pamelor (nortriptyline) is worth it
79%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Vivactil (protriptyline)
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+21% better vs. Pamelor (nortriptyline)
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+21% better vs. Pamelor (nortriptyline)
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+21% better vs. Pamelor (nortriptyline)
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Side effects
PamelorVivactil

We haven’t found good data for Pamelor side effects.

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How it works
PamelorVivactil
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
PamelorVivactil
Prescription only
Available as
PamelorVivactil
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
PamelorVivactil
  • Depression
Risk factors for serious side effects
PamelorVivactil
  • 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 »
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    Pregnancy

    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.

    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.

    Food
    PamelorVivactil
    • Take it with food and/or at bedtime to decrease the potential side effects.
    No food related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    PamelorVivactil
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    PamelorVivactil
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    PamelorVivactil
    • 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.
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