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    Old 03-28-2002, 08:32 AM   #1
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    I have been taking Nortriptyline (Pamelor) for one month now for chronic daily headache, however it has done nothing for me. Has anyone used this med or similar med (amitriptyline/Elavil), and if so how long did it take for headaches to go away or become less frequent? I want to quit this med and try something else (the side effect of grogginess in the morning doesn't help matters).

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    Old 03-28-2002, 11:58 AM   #2
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    Hi,
    I took Elavil for quite a while. It took several weeks to notice anything. I had to take a high dose that really sedated me and then I got hand tremors and had to stop. I'm now taking Neurontin which is a seizure med. It has helped some but not great.

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    Re: Nortriptyline question?

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    I have been taking Nortriptyline (Pamelor) for one month now for chronic daily headache, however it has done nothing for me. Has anyone used this med or similar med (amitriptyline/Elavil), and if so how long did it take for headaches to go away or become less frequent? I want to quit this med and try something else (the side effect of grogginess in the morning doesn't help matters).

    thanks
    I also had CDH. My doctor prescribed various medications, even amitriptyline, before nortriptyline, which worked best for me. Amitriptyline worked at preventing the pain, but make me extra sleepy.
    I know I'm replying to a message that's two years old, but I hope you've found something that works for you.

     
    Old 12-31-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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    Re: Nortriptyline question?

    I, too, took amitriptyline for chronic headaches. It worked wonders, but then I noticed that I was gaining weight. A lot of weight. I stopped taking it.

     
    Old 01-04-2005, 07:42 PM   #5
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    Re: Nortriptyline question?

    I took Elavil for quite some time but it does stop working after about a year and it made me so tired that I could not get up in the morning for school.

     
    Old 01-07-2005, 06:31 AM   #6
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    mbr,

    I have some ergotamine (as CAFERGOT) in the med chest for emergency relief of cluster headaches (thankfully rare these days.) It's the same family as the trycyclics (and LSD .) I hate the spacey side effects of the ergot but it will stop a headache cold. My sister took it for several years as a prophylactic migraine treatment.

    Even stronger and in the same class is SANSERT (methysergide) but taking it every day is just an unbearable woozy haze.

    Personally I think the whole drug class of tricyclics (triptamines) should be dumped into the deepest well.

    But then having SATAN pushing a power drill bit into your skull isn't any fun either.

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