I have been on Nortriptyline for 3 1/2 years and it has helped me so much. My husband and I have recently decided that we would like to have a baby and I know I need to be completely off of this drug. Three weeks ago, my doctor started to taper me and as of Friday, June 27th I have been completely off of nortriptyline. For five days I had terrible stomach cramps, nausea, and some low back pain. After that I felt pretty good for only two days. The symptoms (stomach cramps, nausea, back pain) have returned and I just feel terrible. I'm just wondering if these symptoms will be going away anytime soon. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
You have already received some good advice from Jason. I would add that the three week taper is the right time, but I find that if you take the lowest dose every third day for a week at the end, then stop , you have fewer withdrawal symptoms. If these continues, try going back that way for a week, then stop again.
Well, coming off tricyclic antidepressents can be very tricky. I'm glad to hear that you have made a decision to taper off the Nortryptoline, but as you know, there are an array of discontinuation syptoms that occur. A lot of the time, the withdrawals from antidepressents can last from 3 weeks to a few months! I came off of Paxil and Annafranil after being on them for 23 years with the help of the "Orthomolecular" approach, which means I went to a psychiatrist that practices Orthomolecular psychiatry. He not only created a taper schedule for me but also gave me a regimen of nutrients to take daily to combat my depression and withdrawal symptoms. I have been off my meds for almost a year with no return symptoms of depression. I definitely suggest you look into it! All the best.
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