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Nortrriptyline for chronic headache (or other pain).
Hi Jasper I was given nortriptyline for chronic pain in head. Mine were so bad I used to lie on bed crying and almost screaming in pain. Was given amitriptyline and whilst it worked, I couldn't function anymore as made me so groggy.
So complained a lot to GP and was given Nortriptyline - difference was incredible and it really worked and I could remain clear headed next day. So I can't recommend it enough. Main reason you don't get it first is due to cost. Amitriptyline costs approx £1.50 for 100 tablets - and Nortriptyline is about £12 for 100 tablets.
However with any tricyclic antidepressants they don't interact well with some medications so you must make sure you read info leaflet with any medicine incl OTC medicines.
I'd say a week or so until I started to feel The effects. But oh my god I tried everything. Tramadol, codeine, paracetamol, nurofen. But because it was nerve pain, nothing was working. I even got admitted to A&E and tested for meningitis because I was in that much pain. So I really sympathise with you.
Has the doc said what it is? In the end I was sent to a specialist and it wasn't actually a headache, it was chronic neuropathic facial pain - hence the tablets. I couldn't see an end to the misery and thought I'd be on them forever. However now I don't need them anymore. Every now and again it flares up and I take the nortriptyline for a couple of nights and it calms down.
Try the nortriptyline and hopefully it will work, but you really do have my sympathy. I know the misery you are going though :-(
Here's hoping it helps as well for me then. I have chronic headache but no clear cause (still working on that as I have some borderline thyroid results). Just need pain relief now as can't take it anymore. Off to gp in a moment to get prescription. What dose did you start on (if you can remember)?
I take Nortriptyline for Trigeminal Neuralgia, 2 tablets before bedtime if it's bad, if not sometimes a hot water bottle held to my ear will dampen the pain. Nortriptyline does leave me slightly groggy next morning but feel better if I take them with food the night before. Not ideal but it works for me.
I've been taking 75mg of Nortriptyline for about a year for Migraine Associated Vertigo.
I started off on 25mg and gradually increased and every time I increased I had constipation for about a week or two but otherwise I have experienced no side effects and these tablets have changed my life. They have banished all symptoms altogether.
In two months time my consultant is going to try to start bringing me off them in the hope that the MAV, which was stress related, will have healed itself. I am nervous about coming off them though.
Thank you both and glad to hear it is helping. I only took 10mg last night but i seem to be susceptible to the groggy problem (as I was a disaster on Amitriptyline and it didn't help anyway). How long til you saw a difference?
My grogginess stopped fairly quickly, can't remember exactly. I was always wary when I was increasing the dose of making sure my husband was around the next day to deal with the children, or in the middle of the night but it never really had much effect. Mind you I have 3 under 6 so am permanently tired!
I am on 10mg. I took it earlier last night (around 7pm) but then woke up in the middle of the night and had trouble getting back to sleep but still feel groggy this morning. Also have heart palpitations which I am prone to but its not pleasant and I am wondering if that will wear off or not :-(
upping this in case any of you nortriptyline bods are still around. I am now on 20mg and insomnia problem went away as soon as I uppe the dose. Bit worried though as head seems much better as soon as I up the dose but then benefit seems to tail off. As a result think going to have to go up to 30 mg in next few days but worried this is going to keep happening. Did any of you find this, but that you then reached a point where it worked and stayed working? thnks
Hi SpecialSubject - I hope your partner gets on well with it. I no longer have any side effects (30mg) but it doesn't seem to be working as well as it did at the beginning (and its only been 2 weeks) so feeling pretty despondent :-(