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What should I know about nortriptyline before taking it?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Nortriptyline may increase the risk of suicide in children and adolescents.

If you have a seizure disorder, an abnormal heart rhythm, enlarged prostate (BPH), angle-closure glaucoma, or thyroid disease, nortriptyline may not be a good option for you.

If you have cardiovascular disease or a cardiac conduction defect, nortriptyline can lead to serious side effects.

If you have had urinary retention, nortriptyline may not be a good option for you.

If you are in the recovery phase after a heart attack, you should not take nortriptyline.

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant, you should not take nortriptyline. The health of your baby may be at risk if you take nortriptyline.

You should not take nortriptyline if you are breastfeeding. 

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