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Aventyl

GENERIC NAME: nortriptyline

BRAND NAME: Pamelor

Aventyl and its uses

Aventyl is an antidepressant medication of the tricyclic class. Aventyl may also be used to treat chronic pain and other conditions as determined by your doctor. Aventyl elevates the mood ("anti-depresses") by raising the level of neurotransmitters in brain tissue. Close supervision and careful adjustment of the dosage are required when Aventyl is used with other anticholinergic drugs and sympathomimetic drugs.

How to Take Aventyl

Take Aventyl exactly as prescribed by health care provider. Swallow the capsules with a drink of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice. Elderly patients over 65 years old and adolescents may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.

What are the Side Effects of Aventyl -

Like other medicines, Aventyl can cause side effects. Some of the more common side effects of Aventyl includ

  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting spells
  • fever
  • irregular or fast, pounding heartbeat, palpitations
  • muscle stiffness, or spasms
  • pain or difficulty passing urine, loss of bladder control
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • sexual difficulties (decreased sexual ability or desire)
  • stomach pain
  • swelling of the testicles
  • tingling, pain, or numbness in the feet or hands
  • tremor (shaking)
  • unusual weakness or tiredness
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects of Aventyl Drug that usually do not require medical attention are:

  • confusion or nervousness
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • drowsiness, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • increased appetite and weight gain
  • increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • nausea, vomiting

Aventyl intraction with other drugs:

Tell your prescriber or health care professional: about all other medicines you are taking including non-prescription medicines; if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol; if you smoke; or if you use illegal drugs. These can affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

Warnings and precautions before taking Aventyl :

  • Aventyl capsule must not be used during pregnancy as it may cause harmful side effects to the unborn child. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
  • Aventyl can affect blood glucose (sugar) levels. If you are a diabetic, check your blood sugar more often than usual, especially during the first few weeks of nortriptyline treatment. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice if you notice a change in the results of blood or urine glucose tests.
  • Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications along with Aventyl .
  • Breast Feeding - Mothers who are taking Aventyl and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking Aventyl . Alcohol may increase drowsiness caused by Aventyl . It may also increase the risk of seizures.
  • The safety and efficay of this medicine have not been studied in children and adolescents, hence it is not recommended for use in these age groups.

What if Overdose of Aventyl ?

If you think you or anyone else taken overdose of Aventyl , immediately telephone your doctor or contact your local or regional Poisons Information Centre Seek medical attention immediately. You may need urgent medical attention.

What if Missed Dose of Aventyl ?

If you miss a dose of Aventyl medicine and you remember within an hour or so, take the dose immediately. If you do not remember until later, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage Conditions for Aventyl :

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep the medication away from the children.



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