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What should I know about nortriptyline HCl before taking it?

You must take nortriptyline HCl regularly, as directed, in order for it to work properly. You should not skip any doses. You may also need to take it for several weeks before you begin to notice a change in your symptoms. Your doctor may choose to monitor you carefully during the first three months of taking nortriptyline HCl, as increased thoughts of suicide can occur whenever anyone begins taking a new antidepressant. This risk is higher for adolescents.

If you have ever had an allergic reaction to nortriptyline HCl or similar drugs, you should not take nortriptyline HCI. Make sure that your doctor knows about any reactions you have had to any medications. You must not take nortriptyline HCl if you are currently taking or have taken within the last two weeks any monoamine oxydase inhibitors (MAOIs), as serious, life-threatening reactions may occur. You should not take nortriptyline HCl if you have recently had a heart attack or if you are currently taking any other antidepressants. If you recently stopped taking Prozac, you must not begin taking nortriptyline HCl until at least five weeks after your last dose of Prozac.

You may not be able to drive while on this drug, due to dizziness or sleepiness. If you have a seizure disorder, an overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, another mental disorder, difficulty urinating, glaucoma, a heart condition, or diabetes, you should take extra caution taking this drug, as your condition may be complicated. This drug may make your skin sensitive to sunlight and prone to burn. Make sure to discuss all medications that you are taking before starting on this drug, as many may interact.

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