Gabapentin is generally used in treatment of neuropathic pain and seizures Nortriptyline is generally used in treatment of the treatment of depression. It is generally used in treatment of patients intolerant of or unresponsive to alternative treatment options for depression.
Difficulty in urination
Dryness in mouth
Increased heart rate
Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
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How to use
Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Gabapentin, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Gabapentin is advised to be taken at a fixed time, but may be taken together with food (or) without food. Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Nortriptyline, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Nortriptyline is advised to be taken at a fixed time, but may be taken together with food (or) without food.
How it works
Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug. It modulates calcium channel activity of the nerve cells in the brain and decreases pain & seizures. Nortriptyline increases the levels of chemical messengers in the brain that help in regulating the mood and treat depression.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Gabapentin used as a muscle relaxant or, blood thinner? No. Gabapentin is a prescription medication and has no role in muscle relaxation or, blood thinning
Q. Is Gabapentin an opiate, benzo or NSAID? Gabapentin is an analog of GABA (gamma- amino butyric acid), that is effective against fits and pain due to nerve damage or nerve irritation. It is not an opiate or benzodiazepine or NSAID
Q. Is Gabapentin (dose 600 mg) a narcotic? No. Gabapentin at any dose is not a narcotic agent. Follow the advice of your doctor regarding the best dose suited for your condition
Q. Is Gabapentin used for anxiety? Anxiety is one of the side effects of this drug. Always consult your doctor if you experience such side effects
Q. What is gabapin-NT? Gabapin-NT tablet is a brand name that contains Gabapentin (400 mg) plus nortriptyline hydrochloride (10 mg). This combination is used for the treatment of pain due to nerve damage or nerve irritation. Follow the advice of your doctor as to Gabapentin or Gabapin-NT is to be used, as appropriate for your condition
Q. Is Gabapentin and pregabalin the same? Gabapentin and pregabalin are structurally similar but they acts though different mechanism. Both can be used for the treatment of fits and pain due to nerve damage or nerve irritation. However, follow the advice of your doctor regarding the choice of the drug appropriate for your condition
Q. Is Gabapentin safe? Gabapentin is safe to use, provided you follow the doctor's advice on using the medication.
Q. Is Nortriptyline an MAOI/SSRI? No, they belong to class of medication called as tricyclic antidepressant
Q. Is Nortriptyline same as amitryptiline? Nortriptyline and amitriptyline belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response
Q. Is Nortriptyline safe? Nortriptyline is safe to use if so it is used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as per the advice of the doctor.
Q. What is Nortriptyline/Sensival used for? Nortriptyline is used for the treatment of depression and nocturnal bed wetting (enuresis) in children
Q. Is Nortriptyline like xenan? No, xenan belongs to class of medication called as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
Q. Is Nortriptyline a controlled substance? No, It is recommended to follow your doctor advice before using this medication.
Q. Can I take Nortriptyline with ibubrufen/citalopram/ gabapentin/tramadol/hydrocodone/codeine/zopiclone/ clonazepam/Ambien (zolpidem)/Nyquil (antihistaminic)? No possible interaction has been reported with these drugs. Patients should follow doctor's advice regarding its use
Q. Does Nortriptyline cause weight loss/gain, acne, sleepiness, hair loss, dry mouth, memory loss? Nortriptyline may cause weight gain/loss, loss of hair, dry mouth. Always consult your doctor regarding possible side effects
Q. Can Nortriptyline be used for treating pain (back pain)? No, it is used to treat depression and nocturnal bed wetting.
You have been prescribed Gabapentin for treating and preventing nerve pain caused by diabetes and shingles.It may also be used for the treatment and prevention of seizures.Its side effects are usually mild and go away by themselves.Â It may cause sleepiness. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Gabapentin, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.
The main dose should be taken at night as this drug may produce drowsiness or sleepiness.It can take 4 to 6 weeks for Nortriptyline to start working.You should continue the treatment for at least 6 months after you feel better to stop depression from coming back.If your doctor asks you to stop Nortriptyline, you should reduce the dose slowly over 4 weeks. You should not discontinue it abruptly.Avoid driving or operating machinery as it may decrease alertness.Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Nortriptyline, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.The addiction/dependence potential of Nortriptyline is very less.It may be extremely dangerous in overdose.
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