Is it safe to drive if I am taking Pamelor?

When you start taking the antidepressant Pamelor (nortriptyline), you should not drive, operate machinery, or do any potentially risky activity until you know how the drug affects you. Pamelor may cause drowsiness, especially in your first few weeks on it, raising your risk for accidents.

Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of Pamelor at first, monitoring your response to the drug closely, and if necessary, raising your dose gradually over several weeks as your body adjusts to the medication. Talk to your doctor about when it is safe for you to drive when you are taking Pamelor.

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