A psychiatrist, very experienced in prescribing Nortriptyline? I am currently on this med, also on tegretol and risperdone (which I have been on for years). I was prescribed the nortriptyline about two months ago. I started it (at 25 mg which I am still on) and experienced a kind of sick dizziness
. I stopped it after two days to see if the dizziness would go away, but after a few days it had not, so I started it again, for four days. Then I became concerned that maybe I hadn't let it get out of my system before, so I stopped again, and after a week the dizziness was still there. I have been on it now for two weeks, still dizzy. There were also a couple of other factors which could have been causing dizziness, i.e. I might not have been eating or drinking enough. I have put these right, and am still dizzy. I can't give clear dates on all this because the dizziness makes it very hard to think clearly.
I have been told by my doctor that nortriptyline can cause dizziness, also that she is not sure when it would be out of my system. Since I am about to be sent for a CT scan and to a neurologist, I want to be very sure that it is not the nortriptyline. I have decided - with the psychiatrist's approval - to return to my previous antidepressant, celexa, which worked much better for me. Today will be the first day off nortriptyline. Now, assuming it is causing the dizziness, which is what I want to prove or disprove first, how long will it take to get out of my system, and what can I do to urge it along? Drink a lot of fluids? and anything else? My psychiatrist is young, and I'm using this site to supplement her experience. She seems really unsure as to how long it will be before this side effect, if it is a side effect, will wear off. Anything you can tell me would help. Thanks!