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I was up to 40mg of nortriptyline before switching to Zoloft. I had the dry mouth, but I gained weight while taking the nor.......... I took the dose at bedtime and it did improve my sleeping time. It seemed I craved sweets alot while I was taking it.

I guess the only side effects were grogginess during the day and the weight gain. The Zoloft is a different story altogether..

Best wishes, Joe

Thoracic disc herniations T7-8 and T9-10. Bulges at T6-7 and T8-9.
Pars fracture at L5
Constant mid back pain
Weakness and numbness in both legs
Hello :wave: Lindawainwright,

Here is a list of the side effects of Nortriptyline:

Nortriptyline ( Symptoms or Effects )

Common:  Blurred vision, constipation, cramps, disorientation, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, low blood pressure, or sensitivity to bright lights.

Rare:  Anxiety, black tongue, confusion, convulsions, hair loss, increased appetite, insomnia, intestinal blockage, racing heartbeat / palpitations, males developing breast, nightmares, odd taste, ringing in ears, seizures, sexual problems, swelling testicles, skin rashes / allergies, tingling, weight gain / loss, or yellowing skin / whites of eyes.

See physician always:  Low blood pressure, confusion, swelling testicles, seizures, males developing breast, sexual problems, skin rashes / allergies, or yellowing skin / whites of eyes.

See physician if severe:  Anxiety, blurred vision, constipation, cramps, headache, disorientation, drowsiness, dry mouth, intestinal blockage, racing heartbeat / palpitations, insomnia, increased appetite, nightmares, odd taste, ringing in ears, tingling, sensitivity to bright lights, or weight gain / loss.

See physician NOW: Confusion or skin rashes / allergies.

Stop taking and see physician NOW:  Seizures, yellowing skin / whites of eyes.

Cervical MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03

Lumbar MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
Posterior Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03
Instrumentation = 2 Rods 6 Screws & Disc Spacers
Lumbar X-Ray 7/24/03
Lumbar X-Ray 8/27/03
Still no pain relief....
Lumbar CT Scan 9/24/03