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How soon after starting Pamelor will my symptoms improve?

You may need to take the antidepressant Pamelor (nortriptyline) for a month or so before you notice improvements in your symptoms. Pamelor belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants that are thought to work by adjusting the levels of certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters).

Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of Pamelor and monitor you closely to see how you respond to the drug. If necessary, he or she may raise your dose gradually over several weeks. Once your symptoms improve, your doctor may gradually reduce the dose to the lowest level that keeps you feeling well.

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