Nortriptyline HCl is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat depression. It is taken in the form of an oral capsule which is usually taken three to four times per day, as directed by your doctor.
Common side effects associated with this type of medication include upset stomach, extreme fatigue, drowsiness, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety and changes in appetite.
There are, however, more severe side effects of this medication, which require immediate medical attention. These include jaw, neck or back spasms; slow or difficult speechl; high fever; breathing difficulties; irregular heartbeat; and the inability to sit still.
Occasionally, doctors will prescribe Nortriptyline HCl to treat chronic pain, panic disorders, premenstrual depression and some types of skin conditions. It may be prescribed for other purposes as well, as directed by your doctor.