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Last updated on November 20th, 2021

Generic name: Aventyl

Brand names: Sensoval, Aventyl, Pamelor, Norpress, Allegron and Nortrilen, Nortriptyline

What is Aventyl?

Aventyl is a popular drug that belongs to a tricyclic antidepressant. It diminishes syndromes of depression or chronic pain.

Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.

Don’t stop treatment with Aventyl earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Aventyl to a child.

Aventyl augments sensitivity to sunlight, it may cause severe burning. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while using this medicine unless your health care professional recommends you otherwise.

What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?

It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:

  •     stroke, seizures, heart disorders, heart attack
  •     kidney or liver disease
  •     any allergies
  •     schizophrenia or other mental illness
  •     glaucoma
  •     bipolar disorder (manic-depression)
  •     diabetes
  •     problems with urination
  •     pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant

How to take Aventyl?

Note: This remedy was prescribed to you only. Do not share this medicament with others.

This drug is sold in the capsule, or liquid form to take by mouth.

The usual starting oral dosage for adults is 25 milligrams (mg). It should be taken 3 to 4 times a day.

The average doses of Aventyl for children are 30 to 50 milligrams (mg) once a day or in divided doses.

This medicine is taken with some water. It is important to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Aventyl to protect your kidneys. You may take it with food or on an empty stomach. In order to mitigate stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is possible to combine with meals.

The capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew or break them. Shake the syrup well before measuring a dose to mix the medicine evenly. Use a specially marked measuring spoon or medicine cup to be sure of the correct dose.

The dosage may vary among individuals. It is obviously to contact your doctor before taking this medicament. Follow your physician’s instructions carefully.

What should I do if I miss the dose?

If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.

What should you do if you overdose of Aventyl?

Taking any medicine in large doses you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, contact your health care professional instantly.

In large doses, this remedy may cause the following conditions: slow or shallow breathing, seizures, extreme drowsiness, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat or hallucination.

What drug(s) may interact with Aventyl?

  • procarbazine
  • cisapride
  • pimozide
  • arsenic trioxide
  • other medicines for mental depression
  • ziprasidone
  • sparfloxacin
  • phenothiazines like perphenazine, thioridazine and chlorpromazine
  • certain medicines used to regulate abnormal heartbeat or to treat other heart conditions
  • halofantrine
  • probucol
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • St. John’s Wort

This drug may also interact with the following:

  •  cimetidine
  • reserpine
  • tolterodine and others
  • thyroid medicine
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures, such as phenobarbital
  • medicines for diabetes
  • seizure or epilepsy medicine such as carbamazepine or phenytoin

This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.

Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?

  •     Allergic reaction ( difficulty breathing; itching; skin rash or swelling; swelling of your face, lips, throat or tongue; hives)
  •     Abnormal production of milk in females
  •     Breast enlargement in both males and females
  •     Problems with breathing, chest pain
  •     Mental, mood changes (e.g., loss of contact with reality, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, blurred vision)
  •     Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  •     Fever with increased sweating
  •     Numbness, tingling in your hands or feet (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
  •     Suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
  •     Nausea, vomiting
  •     Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  •     Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), loss of bladder control, diarrhea
  •     Weight gain or loss
  •     Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin

If these side effects persist or worsen, contact your medical practitioner straightway. Remember, this list of side effects is not complete, others may occur. If you notice any side effect, call your doctor or pharmacist.

How should Aventyl be stored?

Aventyl should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Aventyl out of the reach of children and away from animals.

Warning: Before taking the drug you need to consult your doctor.

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