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What are possible side effects of Pamelor?

Common side effects of the antidepressant Pamelor (nortriptyline) may include:
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • trouble urinating
  • reduced sex drive and/or problems with sexual performance
  • temporarily blurred vision
  • drowsiness
Antidepressants, including Pamelor, may also increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions, particularly in people under age 25. If you take Pamelor, especially if you have just started taking it, your doctor may watch you closely for signs of mental health problems, such as worsened depression or anxiety; trouble sleeping; extreme worry, agitation, or irritability; restless, impulsive or aggressive behavior.

You should call your doctor immediately if you experience any of those problems. You should also call the doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
  • signs of allergic reaction, such as hives or itchy skin, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or swelling of face, hands, mouth or throat
  • chest pain or fast, pounding heartbeat
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • numbness or weakness in your arm, leg or one side of your body
  • tingling or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs or feet
  • seizures or tremors
  • confusion or hallucinations
  • muscle twitching, spasms or other involuntary movements
  • sudden severe headache or problems with vision, speech, balance or walking
  • trouble sleeping or nightmares
  • fever or sore throat
  • yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • difficulty swallowing
  • eye pain, changes in vision or swelling or redness in the eye
Pamelor may also interact with other medications, increasing your risk of side effects. Before starting treatment with Pamelor, give your doctor a complete list of your medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and dietary and herbal supplements. Once you're on Pamelor, do not start any new medication or supplement without consulting your doctor.

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