What is Pamelor?

Pamelor (nortriptyline) is a medication prescribed to treat depression in adults. It belongs to a class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants, which are believed to work by balancing the levels of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

Tricyclic antidepressants, including Pamelor, may cause side effects that include dry mouth, constipation, trouble urinating, reduced sex drive or ability and temporarily blurred vision. Although Pamelor has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in children, some doctors may prescribe it "off label" to treat children and teens with depression. However, research shows that a small percentage of children and teens who take antidepressants experience an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Doctors and parents need to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of treating teens and children with Pamelor or other antidepressants.

Pamelor is also sometimes prescribed off label to treat panic disorder and the nerve pain that can linger after a bout of shingles, and is sometimes used as an aid to help people stop smoking.

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