In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00015229 ||Aventyl 10 mg capsule|
|00015237 ||Aventyl 25 mg capsule|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Nortriptyline belongs to the group of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants. It is used to treat depression. It works in the central nervous system to elevate the mood of people with depression. It is believed to work by affecting the balance of natural chemicals (called neurotransmitters) in the brain.
When taken regularly, as prescribed by your doctor, it may take several weeks to see the full effect of nortriptyline. Continue taking the medication until you have consulted with your doctor, even if you feel your symptoms are not improving.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose ranges from 30 mg to 150 mg daily in divided doses. The usual adult starting dose is 25 mg 3 or 4 times daily. The dosage can be increased until the desired effect is achieved.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each capsule with a white opaque body and yellow opaque cap, with "AVENTYL H17" printed on both, contains nortriptyline 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, FD&C Yellow No. 6, D&C Yellow No. 10, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium propionate, EDTA calcium disodium, benzyl alcohol, sodium, methyl paraben, butyl paraben, and propyl paraben. This medication does not contain tartrazine.
Each capsule with a white opaque body and yellow opaque cap, with "AVENTYL H19" printed on both, contains nortriptyline 25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: gelatin, FD&C Yellow No. 6, D&C Yellow No. 10, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium propionate, EDTA calcium disodium, benzyl alcohol, sodium, methyl paraben, butyl paraben, and propyl paraben.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take nortriptyline if you:
- are allergic to nortriptyline or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to other antidepressants in the same family (tricyclic antidepressants; e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine)
- have recently had a heart attack
- take another tricyclic antidepressant
- take MAO inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine) - MAO inhibitors should be stopped at least 2 weeks before nortriptyline treatment is started